August 02, 1991|By Peter Baker


Salt water


Inshore **** -- Harbor Island and the east channel of the Thoroughfare have been turning up flounder to 6 pounds on drifted squid or minnows. Spanish mackerel catches are increasing off the Ocean Pier. The Oceanic Pier, the inlet and the Route 50 bridge have been producing snapper bluefish on cut bait. Also some flounder and spot. Bluefish, flounder and spot also at the Ocean Pier. In the surf at Assateague and north Ocean City, kingfish, blues and spot have been active. Night fishing for sea trout has been pretty good on cut spot.

Offshore **** -- Washington Canyon, Poor Man's Canyon and the Hot Dog have been producing catches of yellowfin tuna and dolphin to 50 pounds. Blue marlin in the 200- to 250-pound range also have been taken at the canyons. Headboats have been doing well on sea bass and ling near the wrecks, and king mackerel were hitting at the third lump and the Jackspot.

CHESAPEAKE BAY Lower bay **** -- Bluefish, with Spanish mackerel mixed in, have been very active in this area, and flounder catches have been improving in Tangier Sound, Hoppers Straits, the Middle Grounds and the Mouth of the Potomac. Best baits are cut spot or peeler crabs fished on the bottom. Spanish mackerel have been mixing with 2- to 5-pound bluefish at the Middle Grounds, Kedges Straits, Target Ship, Cedar Point, Tangier Sound and the mouth of the Potomac. Sea trout have been hitting peeler crab on the bottom more frequently in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, Kedges Straits, Potomac River, the Middle Grounds, the Honga River, Mud Leads and Solomons. Large spot and small croaker have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and virtually anywhere there is an oyster bottom.

Middle bay **** -- Cut spot has been the best bait for bluefisduring the bright hours of the day and in the low-light hours casting to breaking schools has provided plenty of action. Bluefish seem to prefer trolled red hoses, while the mackerel are hitting gold spoons. Good locations for blues have been the Stone Rock, Mud Leads, Parkers Creek, the West River, the Gooses, Thomas Point and Hacketts Point. Jumbo spot and small croakers 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.

Upper bay **** -- Bloodworms and grass shrimp are producinbig white perch at Hart-Miller Island, Craig Hill Light, 7-Foot Knoll, the Key Bridge, Belvedere Shoal, Fairlee Creek, Elk River and Chester River, as well as the Corsica River. Spot have moved up to Love Point, and snapper bluefish catches are increasing there. Cut bait and peelers have worked well when fished on the bottom for the blues. On the Susquehanna flats, and in the Gunpowder River, Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek, largemouth bass fishing has been improving, with the best bets artificial worms on bright days and spinnerbaits or buzzbaits on cloudy days. Fish the edges of the grass beds or wooden structure.

POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal *** -- Most of the good bass fishing here is in the grass beds at the mouths of creeks or on the flats with buzzbaits or spinnerbaits early and late in the day.

Point Lookout **** -- Sea trout, Spanish mackerel, spot, smalliscroaker, flounder and blues are being taken from Cornfield harbor around the point. Sea trout fishing at night has been good.

OTHER RIVERS Patapsco **** -- Cut bait will turn up catfish in the deeper holes, and bloodworms and grass shrimp will do very well on white perch over hard or oyster bottoms. Some snapper bluefish breaking off the river mouth early and late in the day.

Patuxent *** -- Bluefish are a good possibility off the river mouth on trolled spoons or hoses. Sea trout catches have been good at night on peeler. Spot are in.

Magothy *** -- Spot can be caught at the river mouth over oyster or rocky bottoms on bloodworms. White perch are in deep holes and taking bloodworms or grass shrimp.

Susquehanna *** -- In the lower river, bass have been taking minnows and top-water lures early and late in the day around islands, bridge pilings and piers. Catfish have become more active on clam snouts and chicken livers.

Choptank *** -- White perch, catfish, spot and increasing catches of blues at the fishing pier in Cambridge.

Chester *** -- The best fishing here still is for white perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait. Spot are moving in off the river mouth.

Freshwater lakes and rivers

Deep Creek Lake **** -- Worms and minnows have been turning up walleye, pike, black bass, bluegills, yellow perch and rainbow trout. Largemouth bass have been holding along the drop-offs and falling for crankbaits and shiners. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on minnows and grubs fished in 12 to 18 feet of water late in the day. Nightcrawlers have been turning up good catches of yellow perch in 6 to 10 feet of water, and bluegills have been active on worms fished in 5 to 8 feet.

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