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    Default Upcoming Pickerel Hunt on Vets Day: Noob angler seeking advice

    Hello all,

    Its been a while....

    So I am one of those guys that don't get out to fish often.

    Veterans day is coming up (S/O to all of you) and I have already told the wife that I will be fishing that day. Im solely interested in pickerel. I have never caught one and really excited to possibly catch one, just need some pointers. Of course I am going to read up but wanted to get some 'in my experience' advice as well, nothing better than that... Im going to the Severn River as that is where I have seen recent catches by a guy I follow on IG.

    I just saw Marks post on pickerel back in September and started to reply to that thread but decided to start another for anyone that wanted to lend a helping hand. I have only been to the upper upper severn, like close to severn run with less than 2 ft of water in the kayak, so not sure if I should stick to middle severn, lower severn, or in-between the two somewhere.

    Any help is appreciated! Thank you
    -Yakcruisin
    -TimH

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    I have no experience fishing for them on the Severn, but if you're looking for alternate locations I've had plenty of luck finding them in Tuckahoe Creek (Hillsboro) and Marshyhope Creek (Federalsburg). There are launches at both locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhunter344 View Post
    I have no experience fishing for them on the Severn, but if you're looking for alternate locations I've had plenty of luck finding them in Tuckahoe Creek (Hillsboro) and Marshyhope Creek (Federalsburg). There are launches at both locations.
    Ahh Tuckahoe & Marshyhope! I have only heard and seen these creeks watching Capt. Willie Dykes on WBOC's Youtube page! Im not too far, but just far enough to make going across the bay bridge a mini getaway. Although looking at the map Tuckahoe doesn't seem that bad. But even though I put my foot down and demanded the holiday to myself for fishing, Im sure I can only squeeze out a good 5 hours or so. So I may just stay local...
    -TimH

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    Tim,

    I am in no way an expert on pickerel but I have caught them in the Severn Ponds, Weems, Manresa and Shady lake. I have mostly used in-line spinners white and black or live minnows suspended below a bobber. Look for areas near the shoreline with fallen trees or logs you may even want to cast to a few docks. With all that said, I know Mark has been actively targeting pickerel most of the summer and while they are most active in the winter he hasn't had any success finding them in the normal Severn areas. I would definitely reach out to Mark or John Veil as they can give you much more information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yakmac View Post
    Tim,

    I am in no way an expert on pickerel but I have caught them in the Severn Ponds, Weems, Manresa and Shady lake. I have mostly used in-line spinners white and black or live minnows suspended below a bobber. Look for areas near the shoreline with fallen trees or logs you may even want to cast to a few docks. With all that said, I know Mark has been actively targeting pickerel most of the summer and while they are most active in the winter he hasn't had any success finding them in the normal Severn areas. I would definitely reach out to Mark or John Veil as they can give you much more information.
    Thank You Yakmac,

    I appreciate the tips, will definitely add all to the arsenal.

    Yea from looking at Marks post, that is exactly what he was targeting; shoreline with fallen trees/logs. The guy on IG that just caught a few also said that winter is the best time for them.
    -TimH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yakmac View Post
    Tim,

    I am in no way an expert on pickerel but I have caught them in the Severn Ponds, Weems, Manresa and Shady lake. I have mostly used in-line spinners white and black or live minnows suspended below a bobber. Look for areas near the shoreline with fallen trees or logs you may even want to cast to a few docks. With all that said, I know Mark has been actively targeting pickerel most of the summer and while they are most active in the winter he hasn't had any success finding them in the normal Severn areas. I would definitely reach out to Mark or John Veil as they can give you much more information.
    Pickerel were abundant in the Severn last year until the second week of November. Then they virtually disappeared. I fished for them in at least 10 Severn creeks during the rest of the winter and caught very few. I have not found any pickerel in the Severn over the summer -- I usually catch a few. Later this month I will begin targeting them in the Severn , but for now the striper bite is strong enough to get my attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.A. Veil View Post
    Pickerel were abundant in the Severn last year until the second week of November. Then they virtually disappeared. I fished for them in at least 10 Severn creeks during the rest of the winter and caught very few. I have not found any pickerel in the Severn over the summer -- I usually catch a few. Later this month I will begin targeting them in the Severn , but for now the striper bite is strong enough to get my attention.
    Thanks for the info,
    Interesting that they aren't there...you just wonder what happened to them? At least I do, one of the many reasons I decided to pursue a Fish and Wildlife science degree online at 31, taking up all my time, Lol. But that's interesting, the Severn is a pretty long stretch of river though. No shortage of places to hide.

    I wouldn't mind a striper either, my biggest striper is probably 8 inches so that would be cool. But for me, a pickerel is like the fish of 1,000 casts lol. As terrible as I am at fishing, I can forget catching any of the other Esox genus fish, so I really want that pickerel on my resume.
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    A little off the beaten path but St Mary’s Lake has a lot of pickerel and is a good option when winds make bigger water tough to fish. Just watch out for the standing trees that end just below the surface of the water.
    Mike
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    Whoa, yea that’s way down there, one day when I’m retired I’m going to try to hit up all of these spots!
    -TimH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    A little off the beaten path but St Mary’s Lake has a lot of pickerel and is a good option when winds make bigger water tough to fish. Just watch out for the standing trees that end just below the surface of the water.
    Beautiful and calm, way down there....took the whole family with 3 yaks. Loved it. Caught my first and only pickerel there....
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