Tom O'Connell, Fisheries Service Director
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Posted on March 19, 2013 | Permalink
Bad Weather, Good Company, OK Perch Fishing
Location: Upper River in Greensboro and the Tuckahoe in Hillsboro
A few days ago I was able to take a colleague and good friend perch fishing on the Upper River in Greensboro, and Tuckahoe River in Hillsboro. It was an opportunity to re-pay the favor of taking me fishing in his 'hot spots' in western MD for Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Blue Gill and Trout. The pressure was on. Now I know how a fishing guide feels. The cold water (43 degrees), cold weather and strong winds were going to make this canoe outing challenging. We managed to catch a mixture of Yellow and White Perch at both locations, and one keeper Crappie or Calico Bass (as we called them growing up in western NY) in Greensboro. The Yellow Perch were all spent, suggesting their spawn is over with, and the White Perch were still tight, suggesting that they had not spawned yet, and the best White Perch fishing of the year is yet to come. We were most successful fishing in the deeper holes with minnows, and to a lesser degree worms. We managed to bring 14 fish home from our two trips. Our biggest White Perch and Yellow Perch were 12" and 11", respectively. Nothing to brag about, but enough for a delicious meal. Hopefully our next tidal water perch trip will be better timed with the spawning run and good weather. Regardless, I enjoyed his company.