Bass on Maryland's Pocomoke River
Pocomoke River bass are not big but what they lack in size they often make up for in number.
Eastern Shore bristles with shallow water creeks and rivers that drain
into the Chesapeake Bay, and most host a variety of saltwater, brackish
and freshwater game species. Of these, one of the most productive is the
Pocomoke River, a long, deep ancient river whose headwaters begin in Delaware
and snake almost 75 miles south- west into lower Maryland, creating Pocomoke
WHERE TO FISH
Pocomoke River bass are not the monsters you find in Florida, but they are healthy. And its not uncommon to tie into several three to four pounders on any given day. What they lack in size they make up for in numbers, with anglers sometimes hooking 20-30 per outing. Most Pocomoke bass fish will average in the two pound range.
These bass are tidal fish, meaning that depending on tides, wind and moon, salinity can vary quite a bit. But these fish are born into it, so they can tolerate moderate changes in salinity. This river is also defined by its tannic stained waters, sandy bottoms, deep holes, bald cypress trees and acres of spatterdock plants (water lily). This can be guerilla style fishing at its best. And you dont need a rocket ship boat to catch fish here. I usually fish from my canoe, kayak or 10-ft. tin boat with an electric motor in the fall months, and they all slide into the back of my pickup truck.
First time fishermen will find the whole river fishy, since there are endless coves, bends, and surface vegetation which all hold bass. Hot spots include channel edges next to spatterdock rafts, woody shorelines, docks, duck blinds and around cypress knees. Most local anglers agree the best river fishing occurs during the first few hours of a falling tide, as bait flushed out from cover turns bass on.
A nice paddle fishing trip begins at Porters Crossing, located north of Snow Hill. For the first half mile its a jungle scene, but eventually the river widens. The best thing to do is leave one vehicle in Snow Hill and fish your way back to the town park, said Lisa Challenger of Worcester County Tourism. Another nice day trip is to fish from Snow Hill to Shad Landing State Park, casting as you follow a falling tide.
There are also bridge access points at Porters Crossing, Whiton Crossing and Burbage Crossing, all off of Route 113. Another great place to paddle and fish is Nassawango Creek, which feeds into the Pocomoke. Drop-in sites are at Nassawango Road or Red House Road, both off Route 12. All these areas have limited parking. Small boat rentals are available at Shad Landing State Park and Snow Hill, complete with drop-off service for paddlers. The Worcester County Tourism office in Snow Hill has river maps and information (410) 632-3110.
Besides being a
beautiful river with few fishermen, anglers only need a Chesapeake Tidal
Fishing license to fish from Porters Crossing, down river. So the next
time you feel the urge to get in touch with your fresh water fishing
side, in a land born of saltwater, check out the Pocomoke River. Its
got scenery, wildlife and some really friendly bass.
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