According to biologists from Maryland DNR, the state’s tidal yellow perch populations are strong enough to support a good fishery for 2013.
Despite recent lulls in reproduction, anglers could see a mixed bag of yellow perch during spring spawning runs. A significant portion of fish caught are expected include the 2011 year class of yellow perch, the majority of which will be undersized.
On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, yellow perch undertake spawning runs up a number of rivers and creeks. Productive fishing areas usually include the Chester, Wye, Choptank, Tuckahoe, Nanticoke, Marshyhope, Wicomico, and Pocomoke.
On the Western Shore, yellow perch runs occur along the Gunpowder, Patapso, Potomac, Wicomico, and other waterways.
In addition Maryland’s tidal water populations, yellow perch are found in several Maryland lakes. The species is popular on Deep Creek Lake, where ice fishing is possible.