The Fresh Tidal Tuckahoe Creek


Dave, Steve and I fished the fresh tidal Tuckahoe Creek today.  The Tuckahoe separates Talbot and Caroline County, and we launched from Hillsboro in Caroline County, which is near Ridgely and west of Denton.


The launch was on Main Street, which is old Route 404.  An interpretive display in the Park noted that black writer, Frederick Douglass was a slave from 1818 through 1838, at which time he escaped to Baltimore.  Douglass was born, raised and was a slave in Hillsboro, and his wife from Tuckahoe.


One of the best areas that we fished was upstream of the launch, near and around this old train trestle.


We were obviously too close to this kingbird’s nest, and she let us know.  Kingbirds feed on the wing for insects and will “sally” out for flying insects or flutter over the tops of grasses.  They have a striking white band at the end of their tails and are often found near streams.  They breed in Maryland and winter in South America.


It was a panfish bonanza.  All together we caught over 50 fish, including bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, redbreast (longear) sunfish, yellow and white perch, largemouth bass and channel catfish.


The lure-de-jour was the Cubbie Mini-Mite, a small jig that caught everything.


I was not paying attention to the strike and hook set, and I had to perform minor surgery on a redbreast that swallowed a hook.


The Tuckahoe flows to the upper Choptank, which eventually increases in salinity thus inhibiting freshwater fisheries, and flowing into the Chesapeake.


Most good casts into an undercut shaded bank, along downed woody structure or low overhanging vegetation yielded a fish.


This insect flies to a flowering buttonbush.  We also saw tall meadow rue at peak flower.  Most of the wetland marsh included narrow-leaved cattail, wild rice, arrow arum, pickerelweed and spatterdock.


Perch, bluegill, catfish and bass all have a distinctive fight when caught, and even before you see the fish, you may have a good sense of what you caught.


Yellow perch are always a treat to catch and are ruffians on the line.


Catfish are always good for a tussle, and this one gave Dave a challenge with his 4-pound test ultralight.


Fun was had by all, and we will try the Tuckahoe again.  If you ever go to Ocean City or the Delaware beaches, you may often consider Route 404 instead of Route 50.  If you do, you drive right over the Tuckahoe, and then almost immediately thereafter, the Choptank.  We still have several other fresh tidal creeks to try on the eastern shore.  Thank you Dave and Steve.