The Nanticoke River is definitely probably the greatest Japanese Shore Rivers for bass fishing. On weekends you will notice event fisherman from a number of states as a result of the river fishes “sufficiently big” to accommodate 50-150 boat occasions. I’ve discovered breaking the river down into three fundamental sections helps new fishermen right here keep away from being overwhelmed by the river’s dimension. These are major river/Seaford, Broad creek and at last Marshyhope Creek. Every of those areas has benefits and downsides for event fishermen and weekend fishermen alike.
This creek may be very in style however has too many “no wake” zones between Phillips Touchdown and Laurel making it robust to “run and gun” in tournaments. Broad Creek is extra sheltered in heavy winds and normally has clearer water the nearer to Laurel you go.
A number of the finest fishing may be discovered by markers #4 – 5 and seven because the creek makes broad bends all the best way to Bethel. Simply previous Bethel Bridge is a small pond to the appropriate that’s simply accessed from the river. This can be a actual hotspot at occasions and a assured fish spot through the spawn. Additional up the creek you will notice tons of lay down bushes and at last a few bridges and a spillway in Laurel. This space is all good however gradual going due to boat visitors and obstructions within the slim channel.
Seaford and Above
The primary river and Seaford space makes leaping from spot to identify very straightforward as a result of the river is wider with only a few restrictions. You’ll have barge visitors and plenty of pleasure boaters and the dreaded jet skis to deal with however the fishing is nice. My favourite spots are the boat docks; woodland ferry crossing, pad traces and all the nice small feeder creeks. The Seaford space has heavy business with all of the piling clusters for barges, bulkheads, a Railroad bridge and several other good backwater areas. Between the railroad bridge and the Blades draw bridge there’s a massive marina with nice fishing within the winter and through the spawn. Above the Blades drawbridge to the left is one other backwater space resulting in a dam with nice fishing at occasions. Transferring on up river previous Route 13 Bridge the river splits into two branches. Each of those are unbelievable in summer time and fall however take time and warning to discover. Look carefully and you’ll discover many new areas with grass. When fishing the Nanticoke keep in mind the tide adjustments a lot earlier in Sharptown and Vienna than in Seaford so take full benefit of that “golden hour” when the chunk is powerful.
The Marshyhope fishes like an entire separate river and is straightforward to navigate when the pads are up. In winter or early season a number of bass boats have hit the mudflats pondering they have been within the channel. This creek has at all times been finest for me on falling tide with the final two hours being unbelievable. Match fishermen have planted brush piles, encumbered wooden pallets and even rock piles to boost sure areas. These are all straightforward to seek out by watching your depth finder and slowly cruising pad line drops and creek mouths. There are a number of outdated wooden boat wrecks on this creek that maintain fish and a few are seen on low tide so mark them along with your GPS. Fish each creek mouth yow will discover on falling tides. Beaver huts are actually bass magnets on this creek and any wooden you discover out from the pad line on falling tide will maintain bass constantly. Additionally fish the shallow bridge pilings, docks and all rip rap you see that helps break the present. Transferring on up into the slim wooded part look carefully to your left and you will notice a small pond known as “Peggy’s Gap”. That is such an important spot through the spawn it’s usually put “off limits” in tournaments to keep away from a ship race attending to it. The bass spawn a lot sooner than most individuals notice on this pond. Transferring on in direction of Federalsburg you’ll discover a sandpit in your left that can also be a spawn space that may be excellent. In Federalsburg on the new ramp there’s a small marina that by no means has boats tied up in it however is an efficient fishing spot. All of the rip rap shut by is nice additionally. In fall at all times proceed fishing all the best way up previous Federalsburg for the fish are there because the water cools. Now for the draw back the Marshyhope has actually sturdy present, will get muddy simply after rains or from boat visitors and is a reasonably lengthy trip from Phillip’s Touchdown or Seaford ramps.