Fishing the Pocomoke

It’s early Friday morning, and I’m about to leave the house with my boat in tow, to meet with Steve, Dave and Jeff.  We all took the day off to fish the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill, Maryland, which is just inland from Ocean City.  The Pocomoke is Maryland’s only bald cypress river in the State, and which includes Nassawango Creek.


With a camera in my hand, and about to leave the driveway, two turkey run from behind my barn and down the driveway.  A nice morning site to start the day.


We arrived to the Shad Landing campgrounds and boat launch at near high tide.  It was an absolutely beautiful sunny and warm day.


Our thought was to go into the upper reaches of Corkers Creek and fish as the tide went out, allowing the boat to drift with the tide.  Unfortunately, in the upper headwaters my boat ran aground on a sunken log that went across the creek.  To make a long story short, Steve and I jumped onto the shore and pulled a rope to turn the boat around and off of the in-stream stumpage, while Jeff and Dave worked from within the boat.


It was a 10 fish species, over 100 fish caught day.  The only time we did not catch fish was an one-hour slack tide period in the afternoon.  Otherwise, if the tide was moving, fish were biting.  Even at low tide the center thalweg of Corkers Creek averaged seven to eight feet deep.


The beautiful yellow-breasted sunfish.  We all primarily used small jigs, usually in white, and a specific lure called the Cubby Mini-Mite, on light action rods.


Spatterdock was emerging from the water, and the tree leaves were about 50-percent expanded, with bald cypress throughout.


The dominant fish of the day was the black crappie.  If we caught one, we usually caught several together, and always tight in on the bank and/or under dead limbs and branches.


We all used a few different lures as well, and I did well using a small spinnerbait, which caught bronco bluegills.  I went through 30 jig heads on the day, as submerged stumpage is common.


Fringe tree dappled the banks, growing out and over the water.


In equal numbers we observed swamp azalea with regularity.


Parasitic mistletoe grew on tree limbs.


Steve shows-off a large golden shiner.


I caught four largemouth bass, one which when I was attempting to land-it, went up and over the boat and fell off the hook on the other side of the boat.  Jeff had a monster chain pickerel that he lost at the boat, but we gave him credit for landing it.

In the course of the day on the water, we worked through two ice cold six-packs, WAWA subs for lunch and catching up on many stories, as we have all not fished together since last year.  I’d venture to say that the Pocomoke River between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City may be the most beautiful fresh tidal river in Maryland.  Thank you Dave, Steve and Jeff.