Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
- Perry Hall, MD
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Posted on June 11, 2013 | Permalink
Late Spawning Rockfish
Region: North Eastern
Location: Susquehanna River
I fished the Susquehanna Flats on May 17 and caught some nice largemouth but was looking for rockfish. I ended up the Susquehanna River and landed two nice keepers. Yesterday I went out with my uncle and besides hitting him in the head with a lure on a bad cast it was a good day. I landed these two fat rockfish 22 and 20 inch. My uncle and I had some other fish including catfish, largemouth, perch, and small rock. All of my fish were caught on a 3/4 oz rattletrap, chrome sided with black top. Quick retrieve. Of the 4 keepers I have had so far I was pleased to see none had any roe except for the last one I caught. I was then surprised that the roe was green. Is this the normal color? In the past I thought it was always yellow. Also, what is the plan for the Fishing Battery sand?
DNR Response: In the late winter, early spring, the ovaries will be thinner, and golden brown, with obvious blood vessels surrounding the outside of the ovaries. In more mature females, especially during the spawning season, you can actually see the eggs within the ovaries. Ovaries of mature females in early pre-spawn phase will be orange in color with the obvious blood vessels running on the surface of the ovaries. Testes and ovaries of both males and females are quite a bit larger during the actual spawning period, and will be quite noticeable when looking inside the body cavity of dead fish.
Just prior to spawning, ovaries in females will be swollen, filling up a large portion of the body cavity and turning an olive-green in color. The blood vessels will remain visible. After the spawn, ovaries will shrink back to the smaller size.
The female you caught was normal and had normal colored ovaries. It was just a late spawner.