Even being surrounded by the City of Salisbury on all sides, Johnsons Pond has a well deserved reputation as a productive fishery. With much of the pond’s shoreline lined with trees, casting your fly towards these shallow-waters, particularly where there are lily pads, brush or other structure in the water, will lead to some strikes by hungry fish. You can also cast to tree falls, points of land, and submerged cedar trees especially along the west side of the pond to greatly increase your chances for another tug on the end of your line.
The menu of fish species that include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, perch, and chain pickerel will provide for year-round fly fishing opportunities here on the lower Eastern Shore. And given it’s close proximity to Route 50, the ease of access is just one more reason to fly fish at Johnsons Pond on the Eastern Shore.
Johnsons Pond is located right in Salisbury, Maryland in Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore.
Rose Street Boat Ramp 400 Rose Street, Salisbury, MD 21801
How to Get There
From Route 50 heading south on the Eastern Shore towards Salisbury, Maryland, take the exit on Route 50 business towards Salisbury. Once you enter the City of Salisbury, take a left turn onto Booth Street and then a right turn onto Lake Street followed by a left turn onto Rose Street which takes you right to the parking lot for the boat ramp.
Parking & Launching
There is a paved parking area at Rose Street Boat Ramp. You can launch your boat from the concrete launch ramp at the Rose Street Boat located at 400 Rose Street Salisbury, MD 21801.
Where to Fish & How
You can fish along the shoreline, but for the best fly fishing experience, fishing from a boat is recommended. Fish tree falls, points, and submerged cedar trees are great targets—especially along the west side of the pond. In the spring, you can catch crappie, chain pickerel, largemouth bass near points and around tree falls and other submerged cover. During the summer, largemouth bass and sunfish will be near bedding areas in upper reaches of the pond. In the fall, cast for largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie near points and around tree falls and other submerged cover. In the winter, chain pickerel can be found in the shallow waters.
What to Catch
Spring: Crappie, chain pickerel and largemouth Bass
Summer: Largemouth bass and sunfish
Fall: Largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie
Winter: Chain pickerel and occasional largemouth bass
What to Fish & How
Recommend using a 3 to 5 weight fly rod for crappie and sunfish and a 5 to 8 weight fly rod for bass and chain pickerel. Minnow patterns work well in winter and spring while poppers are great in summer.
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