Today was a good day on the river. Most anglers and sources that sent in fishing reports said that fish were spread out at most places they went on the river. Most fishing reports echoed the same thing from anglers that fished from DSR to Altmar. Some were saying that fish density was lighter in the middle like in Pineville and Sportsman. It seems that Ellis Cove had more fish concentrated and there was more fish activity in the faster water than some of the places in the upper river.
If you are going to be fishing in the next few days, you should try to manage your expectations. This week is not last week where there was a push of fish into the system. It was like a dam burst, and there was just a rush of fish. However, this week those fish have moved up and are getting ready to spawn, so they are running up the river. The fish are not stacking up in places where there are choke points on the river like last week. To get stacked you have to have a sizeable consistent push of fish into the system with it continuously replenishing as they move up. As of writing today the Estuary continues to receive fish and fish are running up, but it is not in a strong movement. Even though fish are not stacked, they are slowing down in between places, and if you manage your expectations and move away from choke points to some different water, you will definitely get into fish. Will you have 50 hookups in a day? No, but you will be able to get your limit. As crazy as last week was and as impressive as it was that attracts more anglers and more fishing pressure. A week like this where fish are spread are good because you can fish different areas that have less pressure. One thing that everyone recommends if there is higher fishing pressure in holes like the Trestles it is good to walk to the left or right and around corners from those holes with pressure. Carefully tread and watch for fish. Usually, you will find some fish holding and you will have that hole all to yourself.