WGMD Fishing Report 4-17-18

Monday saw gale warnings up for the ocean and bay. The air temperature recovered a bit since winter returned on Sunday, but is due to dip back down before the week is over. The water temperature at the Delaware Lightship Buoy was 45.9 degrees and it was 47.8 in the Delaware Bay near Lewes.

The fact that the water temperature is getting close to 50 degrees gives me hope that some flounder could be caught in the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, Broadkill River or from the fishing pier on Cape Henlopen State Park. If you have the time and inclination to give this a try don’t expect to have fast action or catch a four-fish limit. The water temperature, even if it hits 50 degrees, is still at the low end of a flounder’s range. This means the fish will still be slow to take a bait, but the early arrivals are usually the larger females.  Work a live minnow, bucktail with Gulp! or strip of squid very slowly across the bottom. If fishing from shore cast into the current and just keep enough tension on the rig to feel a pickup.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.