Striped bass are already spawning in parts of the Chesapeake Bay. This according to my good friend John Page Williams of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who also added that the hickory shad have started running. In certain areas of the northeast, the striped bass never left, finding palatable water temperatures in this non-winter. The Weather Channel reported 1,500 record highs across the country last week. I am wearing shorts. Will this be the new normal? Maybe my late April trip to the Susquehanna will not be my first dance with striped fish this year after all.