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Salt water OCEAN Inshore **** -- Flounder fishing has been improving in the back bays, with increasing numbers of keeper fish taking drifted minnows from behind Assateague, the Thoroughfare, and near buoy 3. Bottom shiners have been working well from piers at 9th Street and Shantytown as well as the Route 50 bridge. Sea trout and bluefish have been taken on bucktails at the Oceanic and Ocean Piers. Cut bait, squid and chartreuse twisters have worked well at night. During daylight, bloodworms have been turning up sand perch and spot. Scattered catches of spot, kingfish and small blues have been reported from the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City.
Offshore **** -- The first blue marlin of the year, a 400-pounder, was caught and released near Washington Canyon last weekend. The Washington and Poor Man's canyons also have been providing the bulk of the white marlin catches out of Ocean City. Bluefin tuna, weighing from 20 to 40 pounds, as well as 20- to 60-pound yellowfin tuna have been taken at Washington Canyon, along with a 284-pound big-eye tuna. Shark-fishing has been good at the Fingers. Headboats are taking sea bass at the wrecks.
Lower bay **** -- Trolling, chumming and casting continue to work well on schools of Taylor blues, with much of the best action coming at the Middle Grounds, Hooper Straits, the Target Ship, Cedar Point, Tangier Sound and the mouth of the Potomac as well as off Solomons. Sea trout have hitting peeler crab on the bottom more frequently in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, Kedges Straits, Potomac River, the Middle Grounds, the Honga River and Solomons. Look for oyster bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Large spot have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and virtually anywhere there is an oyster bottom.
Middle bay **** -- Below Poplar Island, scattered schools of bluefish in the 2- to 4-pound range have been breaking on the surface and moving fast. Look for swirling birds close to the surface to locate the schools and then try casting spoons and bucktails. From Stone Rock into the Choptank River, large sea trout and spike trout have been taking peelers fished on the bottom at night. Jumbo spot have been hitting bloodworms fished on the bottom in the mouth of the Choptank River, Drum Point, Holland Point, in Eastern Bay and at Thomas Point. 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, Belevedere Shoal, Fairlee Creek, Elk River and Chester River as well as the Corsica River. Blues up to 15 pounds have been reported taking trolled red hoses near Love Point, but the catches are infrequent. On the Susquehanna flats, and in the Gunpowder River, Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek, largemouth bass fishing has been slow.
POTOMAC RIVER Upper tidal *** -- The edges of grass beds and fallen trees have been turning up some bass, but fishing slows as the day gets brighter. Spinnerbaits will work well along the edges of the grass or over it in deeper water, and artificial worms will work well when cast to bridge or dock pilings. Some good white-perch fishing in the creek mouths with bloodworms, and catfish can be taken from the deeper holes or the channel edges.
Point Lookout *** -- Sea trout, spot and some blues are being taken from Cornfield harbor around the point.
OTHER RIVERS Patapsco River **** -- Try the piers of Key Bridge with 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. Spot are moving in and off the river mouth, and blues are a good possibility on trolled spoons and red hoses. Sea trout catches are picking up, especially on peelers fished at night.
AMagothy *** -- 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 * -- In the lower river, bass have moved into the grass, but the river is low and the action slower still.
Choptank River *** -- White perch and catfish are at the fishing pier in Cambridge. From Denton to Greensboro, bass will be holding near wood on the high tides, when jigs will be especially successful. The lilly pads also will turn up a good number of bass when fished with spinnerbaits or artificial worms.
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 *** -- Walleyes up to 6 pounds have been taking minnows fished in 20 feet of water. Night crawlers have been turning up good catches of yellow perch in six to 10 feet of water, and bluegills have been active on worms fished in five to eight feet.