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

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    TimH,

    I was hoping advice from your IG friend would show up on this thread.

    As others have said, Severn pickerels have been scarce for a year. I last caught a Severn pick in November of 2016.

    Interestingly, a couple of Saturday mornings ago when I was driving to Delaware for a Free State Fly Fishing club pond outing, I was listening to the outdoor show on WCBM radio. Someone called in and said he had fished the Magothy for 40 years and pickerels have been particularly scarce there this year. The caller's story and my own lack of success with them in the Severn's tidal waters this year make me wonder if something has happened to their health. Has their been a die-off or a disease that has decreased their numbers in tidal waters? The host of the outdoor show said he would check with his DNR contacts. I wasn't in MD last weekend to hear the show so I do not know if the topic came up again.

    But I do know that picks remain strong in many Eastern Shore ponds. In MD I think the two best are in Unicorn Lake and Smithville Lake. They not only have good populations of pickerels, the ones present are large.

    If you do get after them this weekend, please let us know, especially if you are successful.

    Good luck,
    Mark

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    I fished Loch Raven this afternoon for about 2 hours. Not much luck, I only got 1 a 22". I am starting my quest for a nice northern. I will post if I get one.pic.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post

    Interestingly, a couple of Saturday mornings ago when I was driving to Delaware for a Free State Fly Fishing club pond outing, I was listening to the outdoor show on WCBM radio. Someone called in and said he had fished the Magothy for 40 years and pickerels have been particularly scarce there this year. The caller's story and my own lack of success with them in the Severn's tidal waters this year make me wonder if something has happened to their health. Has their been a die-off or a disease that has decreased their numbers in tidal waters? The host of the outdoor show said he would check with his DNR contacts. I wasn't in MD last weekend to hear the show so I do not know if the topic came up again.
    Wow, that is interesting. I wonder what is going on? I will check out the outdoor show, thank you for plugging that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    If you do get after them this weekend, please let us know, especially if you are successful.

    Good luck
    Yea I am going to head out early tomorrow morning... its going to be a cold one and the first time launching they yak in cold temperatures so its going to be an adventure for me. Hopefully I get into something. If not maybe I can target some perch/crappie. But I havent been out fishing in months, so Ill take a bluegill to be honest...
    -TimH

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike o View Post
    I fished Loch Raven this afternoon for about 2 hours. Not much luck, I only got 1 a 22". I am starting my quest for a nice northern. I will post if I get one.pic.jpg
    NIIICCE Mike, good stuff. There seem to be a good abundance in that reservoir, as I always see them caught out of there!
    -TimH

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    Now that I am thinking about it, I havent done my 'launch' homework yet. I don't even know where I can park...

    my first and only kayak visit to Severn, I launched from Indian Landing Marina, which is waaayyyy up close to the 'Severn Run' portion of the river. I imagine the best places are more central to the river, around the sanctuary (shown on google maps)?
    -TimH

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimHVids View Post
    Now that I am thinking about it, I havent done my 'launch' homework yet. I don't even know where I can park...

    my first and only kayak visit to Severn, I launched from Indian Landing Marina, which is waaayyyy up close to the 'Severn Run' portion of the river. I imagine the best places are more central to the river, around the sanctuary (shown on google maps)?
    Look up the Tucker Street Boat Ramp online or you can search it here on this forum. Plenty of reports have been filed about Tucker Street in this forum.

    Here's a photo of the launch:

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    It's a popular entry point for kayakers onto Weems Creek. It's in a neighborhood and parking is limited. Obey parking signs. The neighbors have been very tolerant of us and we want to keep them that way!

    Head left from the ramp and paddle to the quiet back areas of the creek. That's where the picks should be. If you head right from the ramp you'll head toward the mouth of the creek where it joins the Severn. From there you can reach other creeks and inlets on the Severn -- Cove of Cork, Luce Creek, Martins Pond to name a few.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    It's a popular entry point for kayakers onto Weems Creek. It's in a neighborhood and parking is limited. Obey parking signs. The neighbors have been very tolerant of us and we want to keep them that way!
    Thanks alot Mark, I really appreciate it. I will be sure to obey signs and ask politely if I see anyone, I always like to make sure people know what Im doing and hate parking in front of peoples houses lol. I see an elementary school up the road and since school will be out, I may try there if I am able without restrictions. May even call them up now to make sure its ok.

    Thanks again!
    -TimH

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    I have also noted the mass drop off in Pickerel population in the South River. 2015 - I must have caught 100+ up to 26" - then in 2016 I only caught 3 total largest was 14-15" 2017- haven't caught even 1. Idk what happened but I havent seen em, haven't caught any small ones in the cast nets either. I also saw a massive increase in pumpkin seed, which tells me the picks just aren't there right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRick View Post
    I have also noted the mass drop off in Pickerel population in the South River. 2015 - I must have caught 100+ up to 26" - then in 2016 I only caught 3 total largest was 14-15" 2017- haven't caught even 1. Idk what happened but I havent seen em, haven't caught any small ones in the cast nets either. I also saw a massive increase in pumpkin seed, which tells me the picks just aren't there right now.
    Its really interesting how all of this happens. Thanks for the report Rick. Dont know why, but because of the typical length of this fish I imagined it comes straight out of its mother at a minimum of 7 inches lol. Cant imagine small, 2 inch pickerel in a cast net. Sounds like a very cool sight.
    -TimH

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    im pretty into pickerel fishing. .

    i have a few videos that could help out
    Zach Moore
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