POORSalt water OCEANInshore...

**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR*

June 21, 1991|By Peter Baker

**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR

Salt water OCEAN

Inshore **** -- Drifted minnows still are turning up flounder steadily in the back bays. Some of the better places have been between buoys 10 and 13 behind Assateague Island, the Thoroughfare and Horn Island. In the Ocean City inlet, sea trout ++ have been active, taking bucktails and peelers. The Oceanic Pier also has been turning up sea trout. Three- to 4-pound bluefish have been taken in the inlet area near the top of the tide on cut baits. In the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, kingfish, blues and spot have been active.

Offshore **** -- At Poor Man's and Washington canyons and the Hot Dog, good catches of yellowfin tuna have been reported, along with dolphin up to 25 pounds. Bluefish in the 10- to 15-pound range have moved to the 20-fathom line. Shark fishing is hot, with makos -- including some over 200 pounds -- blues, tigers, sand tigers and duskys taken near the Fingers. The first king mackerel of the season was checked in last weekend, and a few white marlin were caught and released near Washington Canyon. Head boats are taking sea bass at the wrecks.

CHESAPEAKE BAY Lower bay **** -- Trolling, chumming and casting have been working well on schools of smaller blues, in the 2- to 5-pound range, with much of the best action coming at the Middle Grounds, Hooper Straits, the Target Ship and the mouth of the Potomac as well as off Solomons. Sea trout have hitting peeler crab on the bottom in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, Kedges Straits and Solomons. Medium to large spot have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound and Cornfield Harbor.

Middle bay *** -- Below Poplar Island large bluefish in the 12- to 16-pound range have been hitting trolled spoons and hoses. There also are smaller blues in the area. A few black drum are still being taken from Poplar Island down to Sharps Island at the mouth of the Choptank River. Some white perch are being taken in Eastern Bay and in the lower Choptank.

Upper bay **** -- White perch, catfish and bluefish, in the lower reaches of this area, are dominating the catch. Some of the best spots for perch and cats are Hart-Miller Island, Craig Hill Light, the Key Bridge, Elk River and Chester River as well as the Corsica River. Blues in the 10- to 15-pound range have been taking trolled red hoses near Love Point. 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. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the grass beds in the tidal Susquehanna.

POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal *** -- From D.C. down to Mattawoman Creek, the edges of grass beds and lilly pads near drop-offs have been turning up good catches of bass. Shiners, Rattle Traps and artificial worms have been working well. Some good white perch fishing is reported in the creek mouths with bloodworms, and catfish can be taken from the deeper holes.

Point Lookout **** -- Action continues to pick up in Cornfield Harbor, where sea trout, spot and some blues are being taken.

OTHER RIVERS Patapsco River *** -- Try the piers of Key Bridge witbloodworms and grass shrimp for white perch and cut bait for catfish.

Patuxent *** -- White perch fishing has been good. Grass shrimp and bloodworms work well. Spot are moving in and off the river mouth, blues are a good possibility on trolled spoons and red hoses. Some sea trout taken while bottom fishing with peelers.

Magothy *** -- At the mouth of the river, white perch are in deep holes and taking on bloodworms or grass shrimp. Catfish will be in the same area, but try cut bait for them.

Susquehanna River *** -- On the flats and in the lower river, bass have moved into the grass. The river is low. Try fishing the grass beds around the islands in the river.

Choptank River *** -- 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 crayfish imitations will be especially successful.

Chester River *** -- The best fishing here still is for white perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait.

Freshwater lakes and rivers Deep Creek Lake ***

Deep Creek Lake *** -- Night crawlers drifted in 10 to 15 feet of water have taken walleyes from 20 to 24 inches. Largemouth have been hitting rattle lures in 25 feet of water. Big bluegills have been hitting night crawlers along shoreline drop-offs.

Upper Potomac River **** -- The fishing for smallmouths remains good despite high temperatures and low water. The best fishing will be along drop-offs where the current is quick.

RESERVOIRS

Conowingo *** -- Upper end of the reservoir remains low and still provides the best fishing for smallmouths on rattlers or crayfish imitations worked around rocky islands and ledges.

Liberty *** -- In the Murray Road area, catfish are taking cut bait. Crappie have moved into deeper water, where minnows and shad darts do well. Try the Nicodemus area.

Loch Raven *** -- Largemouth bass have moved into the grass beds. Early and late in the day, try topwater lures over the grass and then switch to pig-n-jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water as the sun rises. Bluegills and perch are taking night crawlers fished along the shoreline.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** -- Walleye fishing is good in Triadelphia, where night crawlers fished on the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water work well. Bass fishing in Rocky Gorge continues to be good on deep crankbaits and plastic worms.

Prettyboy *** -- Perch fishing is good, with Beckleysville bridge a prime location, as are Georges Run and Frog Hollow.

TROUT

Hunting Creek -- Sporadic caddis flies hatches. Nymphs and streamers have been working well during the day. Water is very low but in good condition.

Savage River -- River is very low but clear. Caddis flies have been hatching.

Gunpowder -- Sulphurs have been hatching. The river is low but in good condition.

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