The weekly Delaware Fishing Report offers information on when to fish, where to fish, which species are biting, and how to catch them. It is written by veteran Delaware angler Eric Burnley, Sr.
The weather certainly hasn’t done fishermen any favors in recent weeks. The cold and wind, mixed with rain and snow, does not encourage even the most dedicated angler to venture outside. At one point during a recent storm, waves in the ocean were reported at 12 feet. I don’t care how big your boat is, that will get your attention.
Once the weather pattern breaks, we should begin to see the first run of yellow perch. The spillway at Noxontown is one location that usually attracts perch and anglers. Millington, Maryland is another yellow perch hot spot. Shad darts with small minnows have been a perch bait as long as I can remember.
I just received good news from Senator Tom Carper’s office. The Philadelphia Corps of Engineers has been awarded $43.8 million to make repairs to Indian River Inlet, including addressing issues that have affected fishing access.
I am sure there are tog at Indian River Inlet, but I am not too sure they are very active in this cold weather.
I had no reports from anyone who fished the surf.
The ice came off the downstate ponds this week, but 25 to 30-knot northwest winds would discourage an arctic explorer from fishing.
While Delaware does not have a major boat show, we do have at least one fishing show and possibly more before the winter is over. The closest boat show is in Ocean City, Maryland. Most Delaware boat dealers will be there.
These shows give us a chance to see what’s new in the boating and fishing world for 2022. It’s also nice to look at some things we can’t afford and pretend we can.
In this age of COVID, I am sure you must wear a mask and keep social distancing, but even that is a small price to pay for the chance to enjoy some time among the things we enjoy on a cold winter day.