Spring is late this year.  The 10-day weather forecast looks like March, not May, so improvement looks slow.  However, plenty of stripers in the 20-to-30-inch size are just about everywhere.  Jiggers at the Power Plant Discharge were able to come up with a couple dozen very respectable stripers in a short time on opening day.  There were two huge fish reported over 40 inches in the mix.  

As soon as we get some rising temperatures and calm days, I think trollers will take a fair amount of trophy fish.

On May 16, the minimum keeper size will drop to 19 inches, one per day, in Maryland portions of the bay and some river mouths (check website or regulation book}.  The Potomac changes to a 20-inch minimum and two per day.  All waters will be open on June 1.

Blue cats are wide open in the Potomac and Upper Patuxent.

White perch are now biting most everywhere.

Bass and crappie, bluegill, and pickerel are active in lakes and ponds.

Ken Lamb, The Tackle Box

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