Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on September 15, 2011 | Permalink
Hints On Catching White Perch in Tidal Waters
Region: Bay Wide
Now that water temperatures have dropped into the low 70’s the shallow water bite for white perch is on in the lower sections of the tidal rivers; in particular the middle and lower bay regions. Look for old piers, submerged sea walls and prominent points with hard bottom where the current sweeps by. I was out on the lower Choptank recently working a submerged sea wall that is about 100yds offshore and did very well on catching white perch. I was using light spinning tackle with 1/8 oz crappie spinnerbaits with chartreuse sparkle Mister Twister tails on them. Beetle spins work well also but take the grub tail off and replace with curly tail style plastic. Small swim shads, stump jumpers and spinners will also work well. You will also catch striped bass and small speckled sea trout in many of the same areas. Fish tight to the rocks or structure and be prepared to lose some tackle; thus the reason for the cheaper lures.
If you want to bait fish, try grass shrimp on a simple one hook bottom rig near piers and docks that jut out into prominent areas where the current sweeps by that have 8’ or better depths. I like to put the grass shrimp on a small jig head and work the pilings tight to the structure. Bloodworms will work also but are costly. Throwback ratio in most areas is about four to one for 10” or better white perch.
In late October the rock piles at the center of the Bay Bridge is the place to be for jumbo white perch. Jig close to the rocks in approximately 20’ of water with a 1 oz metal jig with a dropper fly above and load up your freezer.