Spring Fishing Guide March 15-June 15

By Paul Kerlinger
Outdoors Editor

As water temperatures push through about 45 degrees F, inshore fishing also starts to warm up. The first signs of spring fishing in Cape May are the striped bass that start taking clams, worms, and even baited bucktails in the back bays as well as the Cape May Rips.

By late March the action is picking up and by mid-April many fish have shown up inshore. Striped bass can be caught with artificials and even flies along the sod banks and in the rips. They are fair game on bait and artificials through May and into early June when the action starts to slow down. “Racer” bluefish generally make their appearance by mid-April in the back bays and to a lesser extent “out front” and can be taken on all types of artificials and bait. In late April, weakfish show up and are caught mostly on worms or other bait.

By May, they are taking rubber bait tails, Clouser minnows, and other bait worked slowly near the bottom. Black Drum, also known as drumfish, show up in mid-late April. These behemoths can be caught fishing chunks of clam mostly in Delaware Bay until early to mid-June.

Although some flounder show up in late April, they really don’t get going until early-mid May, depending on water temperature. Watch for state regulations regarding when flounder are legal to catch and keep. Fishing for blackfish/tog commences inshore at wrecks and reefs, around the bridges, and at jetties in early to mid-April and continues into early June.

Best fishing for tog is in late April and early May, but regulations (bag limits) change after April, so check your calendars. Party and charter boat fishing really picks up in the last half of April, as inshore fishing for sea bass, tog, and ling continues through April and into mid-May.

As water temperatures warm up in late May and into early June, the transition from spring into summer fishing occurs with some fish tapering off a bit and other picking up nicely.

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