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September 13, 1991|By Peter Baker


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Inshore **** -- Flounder fishing remains good in the back bays on shiners and minnows. In the surf at North Ocean City and Assateague, the action has been increasing, with small bluefish, spot, flounder, kingfish and an occasional pompano. Night fishing at the Ocean City inlet has turned up sea trout in the 7-pound range.

Offshore *** -- Blue and white marlin still are being taken at the Washington and Baltimore canyons, and dolphin have been active at the 30 fathom break inside Poor Man's Canyon. Mackerel and false albacore from the first to the third lump. Sea trout, spot, croaker and porgy at the shoals, wrecks and reefs.


Lower bay **** -- Bluefish in the 4- to 6-pound range are on the move in the areas of the Middle Grounds, Point No Point, Holland Straits, the mouth of the Potomac, the Target Ship, Cedar Point and in Tangier Sound. Spanish mackerel are in many of the same areas. In the evening, sea trout fishing is good with peeler crab near Hoopers Island Light, Kedge's Straits and Tangier Sound. Large spot and increasing numbers of legal-sized croaker have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and virtually anywhere there is an oyster bottom or a rock pile.

Middle bay **** -- Near Brickhouse Bar, the Gooses, Gum Thicketts, Drum Point and the mouth of the Choptank River, drifted minnows have been taking good catches of flounder. Bluefish and spanish mackerel still are mixed from Cove Point to Poplar Island. Good locations for blues have been Parkers Creek, The Gooses, Bloody Point, Thomas Point and Hacketts Point.

Upper bay **** -- Bluefish from 1 to 4 pounds have been active on trolled hoses and spoons in the Love Point area, the Dumping Grounds, Fort Smallwood and Fort Armisted, with plenty of smaller fish moving into the river mouths, especially in the late evening. Other good locations are Hart-Miller Island, Key Bridge and the mouth of the Magothy, Podickory Point. Bottom fishing with cut spot also has been good for blues.


Upper tidal *** -- Most areas are not producing up to par, but should be improving as the temperatures drop. Some good fishing early on top-water lures and later with artificial worms fished in grass beds and white and chartreuse spinnerbaits fished in pockets. Catfish are on the channel edges.

APoint Lookout **** -- Sea trout, spanish mackerel, spot, smallish croaker, flounder and blues are being taken. The blues are well up into the Potomac.


Patapsco **** -- White perch fishing is good in the creeks, especially Curtis and Bodkin on grass shrimp and peeler crab fished near structure. In the deeper holes, cut bait will turn up large catfish. Bluefish schools breaking in the evening. Spot over hard bottoms on bloodworms.

Patuxent **** -- Trolling small spoons will turn up bluefish and Spanish mackerel into the river. Puppy drum in the area will fall for cut baits fished on the bottom. Plenty of spot.

Magothy *** -- Blues have been running in the river mouth. Check the creek mouths for white perch on grass shrimp.

Susquehanna *** -- Catfish on clam snouts and chicken livers may be the most active fish in the river, but bass fishing is picking up, with smallmouths hitting spinnerbaits and crayfish and largemouth taking worms near grass beds.

Choptank **** -- Up toward Denton and Greensboro, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits cast to the edges of spatterdock will turn up bass. At the fishing pier in Cambridge, perch, catfish and spot with an occasional blue.

Chester *** -- Lots of bluefish activity off the river mouth, especially near the fishing reefs. Spot are moving off the river mouth.

Freshwater lakes and rivers

Deep Creek Lake *** -- Drifted nightcrawlers or minnows will take trout suspended in 30 feet of water near the dam. Perch and bluegills hitting worms fished in 6 to 12 feet of water.

Upper Potomac River *** -- Smallmouth bass moving toward the grass and have been hitting shiners and top-water lures in the evening. Catfish holding in deeper holes. Use cut bait or helgrammites.


Liberty **** -- Striped bass over 12 pounds have been taking live shiners or chicken livers fished near drop-offs. Smallmouth bass taking crayfish near drop-offs at Morgan Run and Snake Point. Nicodemus Bridge has turned up good numbers of crappie and bluegills.

Loch Raven *** -- Meal worms have been catching crappie and bluegills near the Dulaney Valley Bridge. Bass fishing can be good on artificial worms near the grass beds on shiners fished deep.

riadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** -- Buzzbaits will draw bass from the points during the first three hours of the day. Later, the edge of the old river channel will turn up some suspended bass on plastic grubs. Water is low.

Prettyboy *** -- Shiners fished near drop-offs have been taking smallmouth bass, as have crayfish. Perch fishing is good, with Beckleysville bridge a prime location, as are Georges Run and Frog Hollow.


Hunting Creek -- Water is low and clear. Terrestrials and Adams and Light Cahills have been working well on fish holding in deeper pools.

Savage River -- Water is in fair condition. Brown or black ants have been working well.

Gunpowder -- River is high and fast. Try streamers or Wooly Buggers.

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