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Salt water OCEAN
Inshore *** -- Schools of small blues have been running the inlet Ocean City. Try about two hours before high tide and try minnows. Peeler crab on bucktails have been turning up some sea trout at slack tide on the south side of the inlet. Small blues, skate and kingfish being taken occasionally in the surf. Drifting minnows in the back bays has turned up sporadic keeper flounder, although there are many smaller fish in the area.
Offshore *** -- Bluefish from 10 to 12 pounds are being taken along the 20-fathom line, and the first mako sharks of the season were checked in last week, a 307-pounder and a 225-pounder. Some blue sharks also caught in the area of the Fingers. Headboats have been doing well on sea bass and tautog offs the wrecks.
CHESAPEAKE BAY Lower bay **** Large spoons and trolled bucktails have turned occasional catches of large blues, but schools of 2- to 4-pound blues have been cruising the Middle Grounds and the mouth of the Potomac River. Some Spanish mackerel mixed in. Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds down toward Crisfield, some red drum and speckled sea trout have been taken in the shallows. Sea trout fishing has been good early and late in the day on soft crabs or peelers in Tangier Sound, Pocomoke Sound and Hoopers Island light as well as the Middle Grounds.
Middle bay *** -- At James Island and the Stone Rock, black drum have moved in with some catches exceeding 60 pounds earlier this week. One catch measured 87 pounds. Try soft crabs fished in 20 to 25 feet of water. Trolling silver spoons has turned up some 2- to 6-pound bluefish off Poplar Island. Small spot hitting at the mouth of the Choptank while fishing bloodworms on the bottom.
Upper bay **** -- White perch fishing over oyster bars has been successful on bloodworms, grass shrimp and peelers. Catfish have been mixed with the perch in many spots, including Craighill Light, the Key Bridge, Seven Foot Knoll, Tolchester Beach and Belevedere Shoals.
POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal **** -- In the Washington channel, fish the drop-off edges of the grass with jigs or artificial worms. Try similar tactics at Belle Haven and Smoots Bay. At Bryans Cove and Greenway Fats, fish can be had, but patience is required.
Point Lookout * -- Most of the good action still is in the Middle Grounds, where good catches of big blues mixed with 1- to 3-pounders have been made while chumming or trolling bucktails and spoons along the edge of the ship channel. Inshore, spot and skate are moving in.
OTHER RIVERS Patapsco *** -- In the lower river, try bloodworms and grass shrimp for white perch and cut bait for catfish.
Patuxent *** -- White perch fishing has been good. Grass shrimp and bloodworms work well. Off the river mouth, blues are a good possibility on trolled bucktails and spoons. Try for sea trout along the end of the Naval Station runway.
Magothy *** -- White perch in deep holes on bloodworms or grass shrimp.
Susquehanna River **** -- White perch on grass shrimp or bloodworms. Catfish are hitting peekers and cut bait. Bass fishing has been affected by the high temperatures, but the railroad bridge foundations on the flats will turn up some fish. Try crankbaits to stir some interest and follow up with dressed jigs.
Choptank River *** -- White perch and catfish being taken at the fishing piers near Cambridge on bloodworms (perch) and cut bait (catfish). Bass fishing upriver has been slowed by the high temperatures.
Chester River *** -- Near the mouth of the river, try fishing for white perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait.
/ Freshwater lakes and rivers Deep Creek Lake *** -- Some lake trout taking minnows in 10 to feet of water, but much of the action has been on bluegills along the shoreline while using bobbers and night crawlers.
Upper Potomac River (fresh) **** -- From Brunswick to Lander, mid-river cover has been showing good catches of smallmouth bass on salt grubs and topwater lures early in the day. When the sun gets high, use ribbed worms or Guido bugs on the drop-offs. Good fishing from White's Ferry to Edward's Ferry, with fish retreating from the heat into the faster water.
Conowingo *** -- Best fishing seems to be up the lake, where good water flow helps to offset the extreme temperatures and smallmouth bass are taking artificial worms and salt grubs.
Liberty **** -- Smallmouth bass and walleye are being taken along the sharp drop-offs. Try leeches and minnows for walleye and shiners or deep crankbaits for smallmouth.
Loch Raven **** -- Largemouth bass fishing is good, but patterns of the bass are changing. Look for grassy edges near deeper water. Crappie have moved into eight to 10 feet of water, where they will hit minnows or shad darts. Pike and pickerel are along the weed lines.