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Salt water OCEAN
Inshore -- **** -- Sea trout up to 10 pounds have been active in the Ocean City Inlet and below the U.S. 50 bridge at night, taking bucktails and grubs. Larger flounder seem to be moving in, and drifting minnows around the bridge and piers may turn up a few keepers. In the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, kingfish, blues and sea trout have been active.
EOffshore -- *** to **** -- The first yellowfin tuna of the season has been checked in in Ocean City. It was caught at Poor Man's Canyon. While bluefish of 10 to 15 pounds are still being taken at Jackspot and sea trout have been turning up at the five-mile buoy, shark fishing has been the hottest action. Makos, blues, tigers, sand tigers and duskys all have been taken near the Fingers. Head boats are taking sea bass and tautog at the wrecks.
Lower bay **** Schools of smaller blues, in the 2- to 3-poun range, have been breaking, with much of the best action coming at the Middle Grounds Hooper Straits, the Target Ship and the mouth of the Potomac. Sea trout have moved into 20 to 25 feet of water, and night fishing has been the most productive on peeler crab. At the Middle Grounds, Honga River and the mouth of the Potomac, spot fishing is picking up on bloodworms.
Middle bay *** Catches of black drum have fallen off, but some up to 80 pounds still are being taken from Poplar Island down to Sharps Island at the mouth of the Choptank River. Some catches of 3- to 4-pound bluefish off the Choptank and out of
Upper bay **** White perch and catfish and a few bluefish in the lower reaches of this area. Some of the best spots for perch and cats are Hart-Miller Island, Craig Hill Light, the Key Bridge, Elk River and Chester River, and the Corsica River. Scattered catches of blues near Love Point on trolled red surgical hoses. On the Susquehanna flats and in the Gunpowder River, Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek, largemouth bass fishing has been good, especially close to the grass beds.
POTOMAC RIVER Upper tidal *** The recent heat wave has slowed fishing, but the cooler weather that has followed should change that. From Washington down to Mattawoman Creek, Outdoor Life Unlimited guide service reports that the edges of grass beds near drop-offs will provide the best fishing for bass, but patience is required.
Point Lookout * Most of the good action still is in the Middle Grounds, where good catches of 1-to-3-pound blues have been made while chumming or trolling bucktails and spoons along the edge of the ship channel. Inshore, spot and skate are moving in, with occasional catches of small blues.
OTHER RIVERS ***
BPatapsco *** In the lower river, especially around Key Bridge, 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 **** On the flats and in the lower river, guide Steve Folkee reports that bass are moving out of spawning areas and into the grass, especially in and around Stillpond Creek. Also try the area of the river just above Garrett Island and the foundations of the railroad bridge.
Choptank *** White perch and catfish at the fishing pier in Cambridge. From Denton to Greensboro, bass will be holding near wood on the high tides, when jigs or crawfish imitations will be especially successful.
AChester -- Near the mouth of the river, at Love Point, catches of medium-sized blues were reported, but best fishing still might be for white perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait.
Freshwater lakes and rivers Deep Creek Lake *** Much of the action has been on bluegills along the shoreline while using bobbers and night crawlers, but walleye catches have been increasing in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Upper Potomac River **** The fishing just above the mouth of Seneca Creek was excellent at midweek, with smallmouths taking salted ribbed worms fished in shady areas with good current. But the river is warm, and the best fishing will be along drop-offs where the current is quick. From Brunswick to Lander, midriver cover has been showing good catches of smallmouth bass on salt grubs and top-water lures early in the day. When the sun gets high, use ribbed worms or Guido bugs on the drop-offs.
RESERVOIRS Conowingo *** Upper end of the reservoir is low, but still provides the best fishing for smallmouths on rattlers or crayfish imitations worked around rocky islands and ledges.
Liberty *** Largemouth bass are hanging near underwater structure, where plastic worms or shiners work well.
Loch Raven *** Largemouth bass fishing is good, but the fish seem to be in transition between deep water and grass beds. Early and late in the day, try top-water lures over the grass and then switch to pig-n-jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water as the sun rises.
Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** When bass fishing, look for spring fed creeks entering the main body of water, where the water will be cooler and the fishing will be better.
Prettyboy *** Perch fishing is good, with Beckleysville bridge a prime location, as are Georges Run and Frog Hollow.
TROUT Hunting Creek -- Caddis flies are hatching. Nymphs and streamers have been working well during the day. Water is low but in good condition.
ASavage River -- River is very low but clear. Cahills and mayflies have been dominant hatch.
Gunpowder -- Sulphur hatch occurring during the evening. The river is low but in good condition.