Safety alert: Air may be warmer but the water isn’t

Over 3,000 people ran into the Atlantic Ocean for the Polar Bear Plunge on Super Bowl Sunday. Submitted photos

The snow melts and we get a nice reminder of spring, in February. It has been beautiful outside, but there is still ice on the water in some areas.

The higher temperatures are allowing people to get outside and shake off a little of that winter cabin fever. If you are venturing on the water, please keep in mind that the water temps are cold enough to send you into hypothermia real fast. Just because the air is warm doesn’t mean the water is safe. Just ask anyone who did the Polar Bear Plunge over the weekend in Rehoboth.

Jason and Josie, a father-daughter team for the 2019 Polar Bear Plunge.

Perch and crappie fishing has finally picked up and anglers picking through icy areas are doing well. If you find open water just use your traditional jigs on a bobber or minnows if you can find some. Pickerel and bass are also on the hit list, you just have to slow down your retrieves, especially for the larger bass. Pickerel will destroy anything shiny, we have been using panther martin spinners, it drives them crazy.

Tautog has been the fish of choice for the charters and head boats that are still going out to fish. Some days are better than others but they are getting some large double digit fish.

Fishing competition with icy waters has been fierce for the birds. Blue Herons are catching fish and eagles are swooping in for an easy meal to steal. The wildlife refuges have some great areas to watch all of this happen. It is like watching a National Geographic special live.

Saturdays you can learn to tie flies and all about fly fishing at the Lewes Harbor Marina with the Saltwater Fly Anglers Club of Delaware, 9 a.m. to noon. Great way to learn about fly fishing and meet fellow anglers. This is one of the best fishing clubs in Delaware. Bring your tying gear and sit down for a few hours and tie flies and tell lies.

Snow geese are thick in front of the beaches and at Broadkill Beach, covering the water and filling the skies when they head back inland to feed in the mornings.

Eagle and Blue Heron have a discussion over the fish the eagle is going to take from the Heron at Bombay Hook on Monday … photo by Stacie Cantu from New Jersey.

Maryland has started their winter trout stocking. Crews stocked 5,900 trout on Monday: Calvert County – Hutchins Pond: 450 golden and rainbow trout, Charles County – Wheatley Lake: 900 golden and rainbow trout, Garrett County – Casselman River: 2,450 rainbow trout, Prince George’s County – Allens Pond: 600 golden and rainbow trout, Cosca Lake: 600 golden and rainbow trout, Melwood Pond: 450 golden and rainbow trout, Tucker Pond: 450 golden and rainbow trout.

Delaware should be starting their trout stocking for the ponds soon.

Rich King’s outdoors column runs Thursdays in the Delaware State News.

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