Way North Fishing Reports

Way North Fishing Report, April 9 Update:

With stripers shut down, anglers are still targeting catfish up north. Flatheads and channel cats are running hefty and strong, providing plenty of action for little effort. Simply dropping a chunk of chicken liver or cut menhaden on a hook will bring them in. Cats aren’t exclusive to boat anglers, either. Shore-bound guys are absolutely racking them up, all around the Conowingo Dam and in the Pool, and throughout the Susquehanna Flats. Just remember — no targeting stripers!! Clyde’s Sport Shop reported that white perch are available from the shore as well, hanging out in coves, up the tribs, and occasionally coming in on the Flats. There have also been a few reports of area shad anglers having success, but just a few as of yet. Unless we get washed out, this bite should pick up soon as the rivers farther south are enjoying excellent action on them right now.

shad fishing
The shad are just getting started up north (photo from the Potomac; courtesy of Eric Packard).

Way North Fishing Report, April 2 Update:

Blue catfish and channel cats continue to dominate the northern fisheries. Tochterman’s identified that the lower Susquehanna and the Flats are excellent spots for anglers who are targeting them. Cut chicken liver, clam, and fresh-cut menhaden all are working well on the bottom. While we’re seeing a healthy mix of sizes, there have been some absolute monsters coming out of the lower Susquehanna. Many anglers are scoring their PBs this spring, and we continue to see reports flowing in.

fat catfish
Fat cats are a prime target these days.

Further up the Susquehanna, Tochterman’s let us know there’s a healthy white perch bite ongoing. Anglers using bottom rigs with bloodworms are enjoying steady catches. And in the creeks a few early shad have begun to show up. Small darts will get them biting, and this action should improve over the next week or two.

March 5, 2021
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, March 26 Update: Perch and cats, perch and cats, perch and cats! The folks at Herbs note that the target has shifted from yellows to whites on the perch front, but those whites are already around in good numbers… Read more...
February 4, 2021
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, February 25 Update: Thankfully the melt-off and rain have been spaced out a bit and at least prior to the weekend’s forecast rain, the river hasn’t been blowing torrents of mud. Warm weather this week has us… Read more...
January 1, 2021
Way North Chesapeake Fishing Report, January 29 Update: Cold, cold weather has made Maryland’s northern-most waters absolutely quiet for the past week. Anglers who hit the shores and water oftentimes found themselves soaking baits without the… Read more...