Secret’s Out – Big White Perch are In

12 03 2016

The annual spring run of Nanticoke River white perch is in full swing. Fish to 13-inches have been caught on my boat by anglers dunking bloodworms on #4 bait-holder hooks. When the tide’s right this is fast and furious fishing. Great for the young angler in your life. Bring the kids and have a blast!



Perch and Crappie Dates Open

14 03 2015

Some great perch and crappie fishing is happening right now on both the Pocomoke and Nanticoke rivers. We’re catching good numbers of yellow perch and crappie on the Pocomoke near Snow Hill casting 1/16 ounce crappie jig ‘n minnow combinations. The occasional bass and pickerel will surprise you as well. Plump white perch are available dunking bottom-fished bloodworms on the Nanticoke. I have dates open during the next two weeks for the boat, or walk on’s. Email or call for additional info at and 443-783-3271. I need a minimum of three anglers for a walk on. Maximum of four. 

End of Winter Report

26 03 2014

Some kind of winter huh! I’m sitting here looking out my window at the latest five-inch snowfall. They say it will reach 68 degrees day-after-tomorrow. We’ll see.. But this is a fishing not a weather report, so back to the good stuff. I have found the time and conditions to do a little perch and crappie fishing on the Nanticoke and Pocomoke rivers. Catching is good all things considered. My latest trip was with the Matt Parks family. Fishing this day with Matt was his lovely wife Rainey, and their two enthusiastic boys Wyatt and August. The weather started out a little cool but the white perch soon warmed us up. This was my first day hitting the bigger roe perch and the boys had a blast pulling in the fat perch, with a few over eleven inches. Needless to say, I think the young fishermen are hooked on fishing.

August and Wyatt show off a fat Nanticoke white perch after a joint effort

August and Wyatt show off a fat Nanticoke white perch after a joint effort

Josenhans Fly Fishing ~ Spring Fling!

20 03 2012

The past three weeks have been all white perch and crappie. Throw in the occasional pickerel – along with a wayward rockfish, or three – and we’ve had some pretty good spring fishing. Flounder are making a showing on Virginia’s eastern shore and I will be making a trip or two down that way before I head to the flats. Speaking of the Susquehanna, the latest intel has clear water, with temps in the 50’s on much if the flats; prime conditions for stripers. Reports have it the big pre-spawn fish are moving up the bay, so everyone’s thinking the flats should bust wide open at anytime. I’ll be there when it does, so get your trip booked now. Here are some shots from past couple of weeks, with the most recent trips posted first..

Eroica Wallman with her first Pocomoke River crappie

Not to be outdone, Scott Wallman adds one to the catch

This pickerel gave Eroica a good battle!

This longnose gar was an unexpected visitor

Peter Gray having fun with Pocomoke River crappie

Justin Matoska adds a pickerel to the tally


Phil Bangert has his hands full with a Nanticoke River white perch..

..and the prize..

Some of the perch were upwards of 13"

The Pocomoke is a great fly fishing venue

Jim Lowell with a nice pickerel on fly


Josenhans FF ~ White Perch Walk-On Trip

1 03 2012

I have a walk-on trip available for white perch on the Nanticoke River. The trip date is Saturday, March 10 and we will be meeting at the Sharptown, MD boat ramp next to the Rt. 313 bridge. This is a six-hour trip with a start-time around 8 AM. This is a great way to get in on some hot perch action and take home some good-eating fillets. I need two additional fishermen at the cost of $95 each. If I only get two total, the cost will be $140 each. This includes license, tackle, bait, ice, drinks and light snacks. Email me at or call 443-783-3271 if you are interested in this low-cost perch trip.

Josenhans FF – White Perch On the Way!!

28 02 2012

The annual white perch run on the Nanticoke River is starting to show signs of life and if you want to get a good date, book your trip today. This is a great time to take home some delicious perch fillets for the fryer. The all-expense-paid trip is only $275 for the boat; this includes license, tackle, bait, ice for your catch, drinks and snacks! Just don’t forget to bring a cooler for your fish. This is a six-hour trip and a fun way to start the spring season. I’ll be starting these trips on Monday, March 5, and I expect the fishing to last at least two weeks. Don’t miss out. If you wait for the reports, I will probably be booked. Hope to see you on the water!!




Josenhans FF ~ January Newsletter

21 01 2012

Josenhans Fly Fishing = Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Charters

While the name may say “fly fishing,” most of you are aware that I am certainly no stranger to the spinning rod. I carry quality G.Loomis rods and Shimano Stradic spinning reels for your use. In addition, you are more than welcome to bring along your own tackle on your guided trip.  I always love to compare tackle and techniques with my fellow anglers.

In gearing-up for the 2012 fishing season one of my first steps is this slightly overdue newsletter. During the past few weeks, I have made the occasional trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) with some nice rockfish being caught on both fly and spin tackle. Take a look at the fishing reports section of my blog for the latest in CBBT action. The next couple of months will also yield some very good light tackle and fly fishing action on the Pocomoke River. See below for trip info. Now for a brief rundown on what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

Pocomoke River Yellow Perch

Fishing Opportunities in 2012 

Pocomoke River I am currently booking trips on the scenic and wild Pocomoke River. We’ll put-in at the Byrd Park ramp in Snow Hill, Maryland where we will chase yellow perch, crappie, pickerel and largemouth bass. This is a great way to spend a midwinter’s day casting ultra-light spinning or fly tackle. The winding nature of the Pocomoke creates many protected and productive shorelines that can be fished comfortably, even as cool winter breezes keep bay boaters in port.  The all-inclusive cost for a six-hour trip is only $275 and I’ll supply the coffee and donuts. Take a look here for some of last season’s Pocomoke action Pocomoke River Fishing 2011.

Pocomoke River Pickerel

March White Perch –  Beginning around the first of March I will be guiding clients to some terrific white perch action on the Nanticoke River out of Sharptown, Maryland. This is a fun trip for adults and kids, as there is always plenty of action. When the run is on, the perch generally average 10 to 12 inches, with fish of 13 inches or greater caught every season. This was one of my most popular trips last spring, and with the peak of the run  lasting maybe three weeks, it’s best to get your name on the books today! Check out some of last season’s action at Nanticoke White Perch 

Nanticoke River White Perch

Susquehanna Flats – Even though last season’s flats fishing was a bust, I believe that with this winter’s low snowfall (so far) amounts, this coming spring’s catch & release flats fishery could prove to be outstanding.  There have been good numbers of big fish in the lower bay and offshore of the Virginia Capes; so I’m looking forward to a big migration towards the Susky this spring. I have some good dates available during the peak period of the last two weeks in April, so book early to get the day you want. 

Red Drum at Fisherman’s Island, VA –  I have had quite a few requests to make the trek to the barrier islands of Virginia near the CBBT to try for trophy red drum during the spring run. There has been a super fishery for the past few years with big reds averaging 30 to 50 pounds. While much of this is fishing live bait, on good weather days these fish can be caught casting bucktail jigs, spoons and flies. If you would be interested in this type of trip, please let me know well in advance. The timetable for this will be the first week or two of May. 

Tangier Sound Flounder and Croaker

Tangier Sound Spring/Summer Fishing – What with the mild winter weather we have experienced, I really expect to see some great speckled trout fishing beginning around the first of May. We caught some BIG specks last fall, and a spring run of big pre-spawn trout is long overdue. Don’t miss out on the return of this great shallow water gamefish. Flounder fishing was off-the-charts last summer and I am hopeful for more of the same in 2012. Bluefish provided fantastic light-tackle action throughout the late spring and summer months in 2011, especially for fly-fishers looking for a good fight on the long wand. The early morning rockfish bite was very good at times, as big stripers smacked out Storm and Stillwater poppers all over the sound. There is plenty to do while fishing out of Crisfield.  

Big Tangier Sound Speckled Trout

Winter Speaking Engagements – I will be speaking at several fishing club meetings and events in the coming months, so if you’re in the neighborhood stop in and say hi.

February 8 – I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware in Lewes, DE. Come out and enjoy a PowerPoint presentation on Tangier Sound Fly Fishing. I will also touch on the Susquehanna Flats C&R fishery and my outlook for this spring. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and you will find directions on their Web site.  

February 21 – I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the MSSA’s Essex/Middle River Chapter at the Commodore Hall in Essex, MD. Located at 1909 Old Eastern Ave., the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. I will give a PowerPoint presentation on Fly and Light Tackle opportunities on Tangier Sound, with a special emphasis on the great speckled trout and flounder fishing that we enjoyed this past season. I’ll briefly touch on the Susky Flats as well. Come on out and enjoy an evening of fishing talk!

February 25 – I’ll have a table at CCA’s 10th annual TieFest, the region’s premier fly-fishing show, located at the Kent Narrows Yacht Club in Chester, MD. Show time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. This is a must-attend event for any fly angler who’s wet a line in saltwater. I always book a lot of trips at this show, so arrive early and stay late. The food and friendly atmosphere make this my favorite event of the entire year. See you there!

A final note: I am in the process of updating my Web site Josenhans Fly Fishing with new photos and graphics. In addition, for the most current reports and happenings, please check-out my blog at Josenhans Fly Fishing Blog as daily reports may be posted here before they are distributed via the e-newsletter.  Thanks for reading, and here’s to a fantastic 2012 season!

Capt. Kevin  Josenhans


Josenhans FF Newsletter ~ 3/19/11

19 03 2011

Gene Jones was all smiles catching perch on the Nanticoke

Nanticoke River White Perch

We enjoyed a great week of white perch fishing on the beautiful Nanticoke River. Tuesday we had plenty of big perch to 13 inches and Wednesday was even better numbers-wise, with fish to 12-1/2 inches. Numbers were off a bit Thursday, and even lower Friday. The run may have reached it’s peak. Yesterday was my most recent outing, and while the perch fishing slowed a bit from earlier in the week, accidental catches of rockfish and catfish took up  the slack. We weren’t targeting the stripers – honest…  If you like catfish, some of the bullheads were bruts! Good-eating channel cats rounded out the mix. The last two days were four hour mid-day trips and I honestly think we missed the best tides, as the early morning bite proved best. All-in-all a great week of fishing and a fitting end to winter.

Muddy upper bay

Susquehanna Flats C & R Season

Due to the heavy rains and snow cover up north, the Susquehanna Flats is a mess. The fish are no doubt moving in on the tails of the herring, but it will probably be at least two weeks before we can even begin to think of good lure fishing. I’ll be moving my Jones Brothers up to Tydings Marina in Havre De Grace sometime in early April depending on conditions. Hope to be in full catching mode up there by the week of April 11. If things get hot sooner, so much the better. I still have two or three dates open for the flats and I don’t expect them to last, so call or email now if you want to try this fabulous light tackle fishery.

George Jones and Scotty Bolles caught their fill of nice-sized white perch

Gap Filler

From now until I move to the flats I’ll be booking trips on the Nanticoke, Marshyhope and Pocomoke river systems for white perch, pickerel, bass and crappie. These trips run $250 for six hours and are a great way to break in the spring season. If anyone desires, I’ll also run across the bay to fish the CCNPP discharge for catch & release rockfish. There have been good numbers of fish there, mostly early and late in the day. This trip is $325 for five hours. You basically get an extra hour of fishing at my four hour rate. We will leave from either Taylors Island Campground right on the bay or Madison on the Little Choptank. Again, morning and evening trips are best. There is still a chance to catch a 36 inch plus fish at CCNPP as the big fish move by on their way up the bay.  

Chen with a good perch

George Jones with and average size fish

Scotty Bolles with some good eatin'


Joe DeMeo takes top honors for the week with his 13 inch perch

Josenhans FF – Hot Nanticoke Perch!

17 03 2011

Joe DeMeo shows off his 13 inch perch

We’ve been fishing every day up on the Nanticoke River out of Sharptown, and the white perch fishing has been red hot! There have been some BIG perch this year and I look for the run to last another week or so. I’ll have a full report coming out by weeks end. I still have a couple of days open  should you want to get in on this annual rite of spring, and maybe take some home for the pan. Getting ready to head out again…

Josenhans FF ~ Big Nanticoke White Perch!

10 03 2011

Ralph with slab perch

I fished the Nanticoke River near Sharptown yesterday with good friend Ralph Bones looking for the big, pre-spawn white perch as they make their way upriver.  It took a couple of moves, but once we found the spot we settled on a nice school of fish, and some slab perch at that!  While the biggest we caught stretched the tape to barely 11-3/4 inches, most of those caught were fat females full of roe. If the typical spring pattern holds, the larger females shouldn’t be far behind. I think this fishing is just days away from busting wide open, but then in the blink of an eye the fish will have passed by and will be in full spawning mode. If you want to catch some of the largest white perch of the year, the next week to ten days will be the time.