**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR
OCEAN Inshore *** At the Ocean City inlet, tautog up to 6 pounds have been hitting sand fleas and crab baits. Surf fishing at Assateague and North Ocean City has been good, with bluefish, kingfish, spot, small sea trout and puppy drum the most frequent catches. Flounder fishing has slowed, but minnows or squid still will turn up a few keepers.
Offshore *** The canyons continue to turn up some long fin albacore and headboats have been taking sea bass from the wrecks. Sea trout and some croaker provide some action at the Mud Hole and Little Gull Shoal.
CHESAPEAKE BAY Lower bay **** The Middle Grounds, Point No Point, Holland Straits, the mouth of the Potomac, the Target Ship, Cedar Point and Tangier Sound are good for 4- to 8-pound bluefish, whether casting, trolling, chumming or bottom fishing. Flounder have been hitting well on cut spot or flounder belly strips near drop-offs in 8 to 15 feet of water in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and near Hooper Island Light. Sea-trout fishing is good with peeler crab or bucktails near Hoopers Island Light, Kedges Straits, Pocomoke Sound, the Mud Leads and Tangier Sound. Large spot and increasing numbers of legal-sized croaker have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, the Mud Leads, and the Honga River. Black sea bass, porgy, tautog and puppy drum have been taking squid fished on the bottom near rock piles and oysters bars throughout the area.
Middle bay **** Bluefish range throughout the area and have been taking trolled hoses. Good locations for blues have been Parkers Creek, the Gooses, Bloody Point, Thomas Point and Hacketts Point. Drifted minnows or strips of squid continue to work well on flounder near Brickhouse Bar, the Gooses, Gum Thicketts, Drum Point and the mouth of the Choptank River. Spot fishing continues to be good over hard or oyster bottom.
Upper bay **** White perch fishing is picking up, with bloodworms fished on the bottom underwater obstructions working very well. Bluefish action is good on fish from 2 to 8 pounds. Trolled hoses and spoons have worked well for bluefish from 1 to 6 pounds in the Love Point area, the Dumping Grounds, Fort Smallwood and Fort Armisted. Larger fish are taking trolled hoses. Other good locations are Hart-Miller Island, Key Bridge and the mouth of the Magothy. Bottom fishing with cut spot also has been good for blues. Spot fishing has been good in the mouths of the Patapsco, Magothy and Chester rivers. Catfishing has been good at Still Pond, the Elk River and the lower Susquehanna.
POTOMAC RIVER Upper tidal **** Cooler weather is producing great bass fishing. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are producing well for largemouth bass near the grass beds. Also some good fishing early on poppers and later with artificial worms fished in grass beds. Catfish are on the channel edges. Crappie catches have been good in Mattawoman and Swann creeks.
OTHER RIVERS Patapsco **** White perch are along the shorelines where there are obstructions and have been hitting bloodworms. Blues have been very active when the tide is running. In the deeper holes, cut bait will turn up large catfish. Spot over hard bottoms on bloodworms.
Patuxent *** Trolling small spoons will turn up bluefish into the river. Puppy drum in the area will fall for cut baits fished on the bottom. Plenty of spot.
Magothy *** White perch fishing is improving along the shoreline or near underwater humps. Spot fishing is good at the river mouth over oyster bottom. Blues have been running in the river mouth.
Susquehanna *** White perch are in the river along the obstructed shoreline. Smallmouth bass have been taking buzzbaits and spinnerbaits as well as live minnows fished along the grass beds. Wood patterns are working well for largemouth. Catfish on clam snouts and chicken livers.
Choptank **** At the fishing pier in Cambridge, perch, catfish and spot with an occasional blue. Blues, puppy drum, sea bass, flounder and spot in the river mouth. Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits cast to the edges of lilly pads will turn up bass up toward Greensboro and Denton. Watts Creek and the Martinak State Park area has been very good with spinnerbaits or dark plastic worms.
Chester *** Lots of bluefish activity off the river mouth, especially near the fishing reefs. Spot over hard bottoms. White perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait.
Freshwater lakes and rivers
Deep Creek Lake *** Walleye fishing is improving as the lake cools. Try minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Brown trout have been hitting minnows near the dam and scattered catches of largemouth have been reported along the shorelines on minnows.
pper Potomac River **** Crayfish or imitations have been taking good-size smallmouths in deeper holes. Topwater lures will do well in the evening and before the sun gets up too high. Catfish holding in deeper holes. Use cut bait or hellgrammites.
Liberty **** Small spoons are turning up walleye from the shoreline in the Nicodemus Bridge area. Crappie in the Route 32 bridge area have been banging minnows on shad darts. Striped bass have been hitting live shiners from shore near Oakland Pont, where there are steep drop-offs.
Loch Raven *** Spinnerbaits fished over the grass beds have been taking largemouth bass. Northern pike catches have been made with live minnows along the edges of the grass beds. Meal worms have been catching crappie and bluegills near the Dulaney Valley Bridge.
Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** Bass have moved closer to shore and can be taken with live minnows or plastic grubs fished in 5 to 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good in the evening on chicken livers.
Hunting Creek -- Water is low and clear. Try nymphs and streamers.
Savage River -- Water is in good condition. Try black ants or woolly worms.
Gunpowder -- River is low and clear. Try streamers and terrestrials.