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Inshore ** According to the Department of Natural Resources, surf fishing has picked up. Snapper bluefish, spot and flounder have been taken in the surf on squid and cut mullet. Bluefish have been the most abundant. In the bays, a few large flounder have been taken by drift fishing with minnows.
Offshore ** Talbot Street Pier reports that a few sea trout, three-quarters of a pound to 1 1/2 pounds, have started to show on the bottom. A few sea bass have turned up at the wrecks. Eight to 10 miles out, false albacore and Spanish mackerel have been taken. Over the weekend, dolphin were taken at Poor Man's and Baltimore Canyon. White marlin fishing has slowed, but a few were taken at Poor Man's and Washington Canyon. Three to six miles offshore, sea trout have been taken, with Little Gull Shoal one of the hot spots.
Lower bay *** Large schools of bluefish have been breaking, and good numbers of black sea bass have moved into the area. For the sea bass, use cut fish or squid fished over a rock pile or an oyster bar. Also, there have been schools of Spanish mackerel in the area. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel have turned up at the Middle Grounds, Smith Island, Tangier Sound and Hooper's Island Strait. The bluefish were hitting trolled spoons or surgical hoses, cast spoons or cut spot fished on the bottom. The mackerel were hitting gold spoons trolled quickly. Flounder were hitting minnows drifted with a strong tide in Hooper's Island Strait and Cornfield Harbor. Small speckled trout, sea trout, spot and a few hardheads were hitting in the Honga River area and the mud leads. Try peeler crab and bloodworms for these species. Clyde's Tackle Shop reports that, in the Crisfield and Deal Island area, there is, perhaps, the best sea trout fishing of all year.
Middle bay *** Bluefish from 1 to 3 pounds have been taken in the Miles River, Eastern Bay, Hackett's Point, Poplar Island, Cove Point and Whitehall Bay. Try trolling spoons and hoses, casting spoons and bottom fishing with spot. Spanish mackerel have been taken off Poplar Island by trolling spoons. Sea trout from 6 to 9 pounds have taken at the Stone Rock early in the morning. Peeler crabs have been the best bait.
Upper bay *** Clyde's Tackle Shop reports that, in the Key Bridge area, good numbers of white perch and blues have been taken. Peeler crabs and grass shrimp are the best bait for the perch. Spot, blues and an occasional flounder have been caught at Baltimore Light, Belvedere Shoal, Hacket's Bar and Seven Foot Knoll. There have been reports of catches of bluefish up to 4 pounds at Bloody Point, Gum Thickets and Seven Foot Knoll. Try trolling small hoses and spoons. There have been reports of breaking blues throughout the area. Snapper blues from 1 to 3 pounds have been taken on cut spot and trolled spoons near Love Point, Swan Point, Fort Smallwood, Fort Armistead and Key Bridge. The DNR reports a few 8- to 14-pound blues being caught off Rock Hall. Good-sized white perch have been hitting grass shrimp and peelers near pilings and piers. Channel catfish have been hitting cut bait fished in deep holes.
Washington and upper tidal ** The DNR reports that good numbers of smallmouth bass have been hitting crawfish in deep holes. Catfish have been taking chicken livers. Bass are still in grass beds, but are moving toward wood structures as the grass dies off. Try flipping pig and jigs or plastic worms near the grass beds or wood structures. The Wilson Bridge and the barges have been two of the better spots.
Point Lookout *** Scheible's reports that bluefish up to 5 pounds have been taken around the Middle Grounds. Some of the schools of blues have been breaking. The DNR reports that large schools of bluefish and schools of Spanish mackerel have turned up. Flounder have been hitting minnows drifted in a strong tide.
Choptank *** Tommy's Sporting Goods reports that bluefish, from snappers to 3-pounders, have been taken, as have lots of small spot and white perch. Bluefish from 1 to 3 pounds have been taken by trolling spoons and hoses, casting spoons and bottom fishing with spot. Jumbo spot, flounder, hardheads and speckled trout also have been taken.
Sassafras *** Bass have been hitting top-water lures and plastic worms fished near wooden structures on an outgoing tide.
Magothy ** Spot, blues and an occasional flounder have been taken, according to Clyde's.
Susquehanna ** Bass have been taking top-water lures and plastic worms fished near wooden structures on an outgoing tide.
Freshwater lakes and rivers
Deep Creek Lake ** Deep Creek Outfitters reports that bass, chain pickerel and some walleye and white perch have been taken on worms and minnows. The DNR reports that walleye and smallmouth bass have been hitting night crawlers drifted in 15 to 20 feet of water. Northern pike and chain pickerel have been more active, according to the DNR, and have been hitting trolled spinning lures.