**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR
OCEAN Inshore *** Small blues, puppy drum, flounder, kingfish and spot have been taken in the surf at Ocean City and Assateague, with mullet and bloodworms the best baits. Tautog continue to hit sand fleas at the Inlet and along stone bullheads. Some flounder to be had on drifted minnows from the Route 50 bridge.
Offshore * Large sea bass have been taken from the wrecks. Small sea trout have been hitting at Little Gull Shoals. Some long-fin albacore were turned up at the canyons last week.
CHESAPEAKE BAY Lower bay **** Rockfish from 18 inches to 36 inches have been taken around Cedar Point, the Richland Buoy and Point Lookout while trolling red and white or red and yellow bucktails trimmed with twister tails or pork strips in 25 to 35 feet of water. Fishing from beaches in the early evening also has been good. Sea trout fishing is good as well in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, the Mud Leads and Hoopers Island Light. The Middle Grounds, Point No Point, Holland Straits, mouth of the Potomac, Target Ship, Cedar Point and Tangier Sound also are good for bluefish, whether casting, trolling, chumming or bottom-fishing. Flounder have been hitting cut spot or flounder belly strips near drop-offs in 8 to 15 feet of water in Tangier Sound, in Cornfield Harbor and near Hooper Island Light. Spot, black sea bass, porgy, tautog and puppy drum have been hitting baits fished on the bottom near rock piles and oysters bars throughout the area.
Middle bay **** Red and white bucktails have been producingood catches rockfish off Chesapeake Beach and at Thomas Point, Brickhouse Bar, Gum Thicketts, Wild Grounds, Hacketts Point and Bloody Point. Bluefish also range throughout the area and have been taking trolled hoses and spoons. 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, 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 **** Rockfish have been very active at Love Point on drifted eels or trolled bucktails, as well as at the bay bridges
near the rock piles and pilings. Other good spots for rock are the Dumping Grounds, Poole's Island, Belvedere Shoals, Kent Narrows, Fort Smallwood and Susquehanna River. Bluefish are still to be had on trolled hoses or spoons near the mouth of the Magothy, at the Dumping Grounds and at Love Point. White perch fishing is good, with bloodworms fished on the bottom underwater obstructions.
POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal **** Rockfish are abundant in the river. Live eels fished around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge have done well. Another good area is the drop-off near the grass beds off Fort McNair. Bucktails and rattling lures will work well also. Largemouth bass fishing has been good near remaining grass on rattle baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie catches have been good in Mattawoman and Swann creeks.
OTHER RIVERS Patapsco **** Rockfish in the river mouth and even some into the outer reaches of the inner harbor. White perch are along the shorelines where there are obstructions and have been hitting bloodworms.
Choptank **** At the fishing pier in Cambridge, rockfish and perch, with an occasional blue. Rockfish, blues, puppy drum, sea bass, flounder, sea trout and spotted sea trout in the river mouth.
Patuxent **** Rockfish seem to be fairly plentiful here and will increase in number as they move down the bay some. Trolling small spoons will turn up bluefish into the river. Some sea trout at night, although smallish.
Magothy *** Rockfish in the river mouth and white perch fishing along the shoreline or near underwater humps. Blues still to be had in the river mouth or just outside.
Susquehanna **** Good fishing for rock in the lower river and off the river mouth. Bass fishing is good where there are grass beds or wooden structures submerged. White perch are in the river along the obstructed shoreline.
Chester **** Lots of rockfish and bluefish activity off the river mouth, especially near the fishing reefs. White perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms.
Freshwater lakes and rivers
Deep Creek Lake *** Brown trout have been hitting minnows near the dam. Scattered catches of largemouth have been reported along the shorelines on minnows.
Upper Potomac River (fresh) **** Crayfish or imitations and pig and jigs have been taking good-sized smallmouths. Top-water lures will do well in the evening and before the sun gets up too high.
Liberty **** Small spoons are turning up walleye from the shoreline in the Nicodemus Bridge area. Striped bass have been hitting live shiners from shore near Oakland Point, where there are steep drop-offs.
Loch Raven *** Spinners fished near shoreline obstructions have been turning up pickerel. Smallmouth bass are active on shiners fished near drop-offs. Mealworms have been catching crappie and bluegills near the Dulaney Valley Bridge.
Gunpowder River -- River is low and clear. Try streamers and terrestrials.
Hunting Creek -- Water is in good condition and cooling. Try nymphs and streamers.
Savage River -- Water is in good condition. Try stoneflies or woolly worms.