OCEANSIDEOffshore -- Bluefish from 3 to 12 pounds were...

Fishing report

May 22, 1992

OCEANSIDE

Offshore -- Bluefish from 3 to 12 pounds were taken while trolling near the Lumps,Fenwick Shoal and Southeast Grounds. Wreck fishing has been excellent with sea bass up to 6 pounds and tautog up to 12 pounds being caught.

Inshore -- Surf fishing was good, with schools of 3- to 10-pound bluefish invading Assateague,Ocean City and the Delaware beaches. Cut mullet was the preferred bait for the bluefish. The back bays yielded decent catches of good sized flounder. The flounder were hitting drifted minnows. Anglers fishing the Inlet area had catches of tautog and weakfish. The tog were caught while using sand fleas, and weakfish were caught while jigging bucktails with a grub.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay -- Catches of speckled trout and weakfish have been improving. The 2- to 3-pound speckled trout were caught close to marsh banks in Honga River, Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound. The weakfish were caught while bottom fishing over oyster bars in Tangier Sound and Hoopers Straits. Peeler or soft crabs were the preferred baits for both species of trout. Bluefish are scattered through this region with some fish checking in around 15 pounds. The most successful method for the blues is chumming, but trolling hoses and spoons also have worked. Many undersized striped bass are being caught and released in this area with few fish over the 35-inch minimum taken. A few flounder were caught while drifting minnows in Cornfield Harbor.

Middle bay -- This area continues to be the most productive for the trophy sized bass. Although the number of fish caught has declined since the opening of the season, large striped bass continue to hit trolled spoons close to the surface along the shipping channel. Some of the most productive areas have been Gum Thickets,Brownies and the Gooses. The Gooses was where the state record striped bass was caught. A few scattered bluefish were caught as far north as Chesapeake Beach.

Upper bay -- Good numbers of 2- to 3-pound largemouth bass were active in Dundee Creek,Saltpeter Creek and Gunpowder River. Anglers casting artificial worms or topwater lures near grass have been successful. White perch and catfish were caught in the Susquehanna River near Port Deposit, Patapsco River near the Key Bridge and Chester River below Quaker Neck Landing. The white perch were hitting grass shrimp and bloodworms,and catfish were biting clam snouts,cut herring and night crawlers.

FRESH WATER

Centennial Lake -- Good numbers of crappie were taken while using minnows on shad darts. Large bluegill have been hitting meal worms fished close to shore.

Liberty -- Crappie and bluegill were active in many of the coves. Night crawlers,mealworms or small minnows fished in shallow water worked very well for these panfish.

Loch Raven -- Nine- to 12-inch white perch and crappie were taken in Peerce's Cove and near the Dulaney Valley Road Bridge. Small minnows and worms were the baits of choice. Many largemouth bass were caught and released while fishing with artificial grubs and spinnerbaits.

Piney Run -- Largemouth bass of 12 to 15 inches were caught along the shoreline. The bass hit artificial worms and live shiners. A few striped bass were caught while drifting large shiners.

Potomac River-upper -- Smallmouth bass took topwater lures in the Harpers Ferry area.

Potomac River-tidal -- Largemouth bass hit artificial worms fished close to the grass beds. Mattawoman Creek has been productive for bass.

Deep Creek Lake -- Walleye fishing has improved with some fish weighing more than 8 pounds being caught. The walleye were in coves taking jigs with plastic grubs. Good numbers of trout were taken while bottom fishing with worms or minnows. Large bluegill were biting night crawlers in shallow water.

Tridelphia and Rocky Gorge -- Crappie were active throughout both reservoirs. Minnows on shad darts presented near structures took the crappie. Many largemouth bass were caught and released close to shore. The bass were hitting artificial worms.

TROUT REPORT

Gunpowder -- The river level has improved and is in good shape. A sulfur hatch (about size 14) has begun. There also has been sporadic caddis hatch. The upper river had some midges hatch recently.

Hunting Creek -- The creek is high but in good fishing condition. Blue quills and quill gordons have been working well. There is currently a Hendrickson hatch.

Savage Creek -- The river is in excellent condition. Anglers using nymphs have been successful. Mayflies and caddis flies have been hatching.

DNR notes -- A state record striped bass was caught May 14. The 64.7-pound,50-inch fish was caught by Allan Sosslau of Edgewater. Sosslau hooked the record fish trolling a large spoon while aboard Captain Mike Harris' charterboat Compensation out of Chesapeake Beach.

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