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.  

Josenhans FF ~ Nanticoke White Perch

1 03 2011

Quick update – I heard some rumours about the perch starting up so I made a couple of short exploratory trips out of Sharptown. Two hours fishing yesterday and three hours today yielded a total of twelve keeper perch 8″ to 11″. All males. Water temperature was 47 yesterday and 48 today. Best when it hits 50 and stays there. Early in the season like this, you can get lucky and hit a school going by, filling your cooler in no-time (I didn’t).  While  the big push of perch is not here just yet, it should break wide open any day now. Next week should be good. I’ll be fishing the Pocomoke tomorrow so I hope to have some fish pics to publish. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Josenhans FF Newsletter ~ 1/26/11

26 01 2011

Ralph Bones with a nice Nanticoke river white perch

I guess you’ve figured out that I haven’t been doing much fishing, what with the lack of reports and all. I expect to be on the Pocomoke and Nanticoke rivers starting the first week of February casting for yellow perch, crappie and hopefully some hard-fighting pickerel. Contact me for some mid-winter fun casting for perch and pickerel on these beautiful eastern shore rivers. I am offering a six hour trip for the ridiculously low price of $250. I’ll even supply the coffee and donuts! Don’t forget the March white perch run on the Nanticoke river out of Sharptown. I’ve had a lot of interest in these trips since I started them last season so space is limited. Contact me soon to secure your trip. I’ll post a report on my blog the evening of my first trip on the Pocomoke. 
I have decided to lower my rates for fishing the Susquehanna Flats to match my fees for the mid-bay/Tangier Sound areas. As gas prices seem to have stabilized, and the fact that I will be rooming locally, I have decided to pass this cost-savings on to you, the client. I would hate to see anyone miss out on their best chance at catching a trophy rockfish on light tackle. See my revised rate schedule at
In my last newsletter, I mentioned a new “cost sharing” plan that I will be offering this season. If anyone would like to share the cost of a trip with one or two other fishermen, please let me know and I will place you on a “call list,” so that should the occasion arise, I will put you in touch with each other so you can work-out the details. If you send me an email, write down the time of year, and specific area that you would like to fish. I think this will work out well for all involved. 
Don’t forget about TieFest, the CCA Kent Narrows Chapter Fly Show to be held at the Kent Island Yacht Club on Saturday, February 12th. I’ll be there, as will Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics and other big names in the world of fly fishing. Hope to see you there!
Good fishing!!