**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR
OCEAN Inshore *** 1/2 Plenty of spot taking bloodworms in the back bays HTC and in the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, but flounder fishing has been off a little. Bluefish to 10 pounds have taken live spot in the Ocean City Inlet, where there also are some large sea trout. Kingfish, snapper blues, sea trout and flounder also are being taken in the surf. Try bloodworms for kingfish or spot, cut spot for blues and sea trout, and minnows or squid for flounder.
Offshore *** 1/2 Several 80-pound yellowfin tuna and a couple of 200-pound bluefin tuna have been taken at Washington Canyon, where there also were several releases of blue and white marlin. King mackerel and yellowfin tuna have been hitting at the Jackspot, Poorman's Canyon and the Fingers.
Lower bay **** Bottom fishing continues to be good for spot, croaker, flounder and sea trout in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, the Honga River, Hooper Straits, Cornfield Harbor and the mouth of the Potomac River and along the Virginia shoreline. Catches of black drum to 50 pounds and a few cobia have been reported in Tangier Sound. Schools of small bluefish mixed with some spanish mackerel have been breaking from Tangier Sound across the Middle Grounds and into the mouth of the Potomac. Crab baits have been best for croaker and sea trout, bloodworms work well for spot and minnows or squid work well for flounder.
Middle bay **** Good fishing for schools of snapper blues breaking late in the day from James Island along the Eastern Shore drops to the mouth of the Choptank and up to Poplar Island. Also blues breaking along the western shore from Cedar Point to the mouth of the Patuxent and up past Chesapeake Beach to the West River, South River, Severn River and Hacketts Bar. Jumbo spot hitting bloodworms in the mouth of the Choptank and up to the bridge in Cambridge, Eastern Bay, Kent Narrows, Hackett Point and Tolly Point. Sea trout and croaker have been taking crab baits in the mouth of the Choptank. Flounder at Gum Thicketts, mouth of the Choptank and Hacketts Bar on minnows or squid.
Upper bay **** An unusual number of flounder have been taken near Swan and Podickory points on drifted live minnows. Bluefish from 1 to 3 pounds have been hitting cut spot in the Swan Point area as well. Good spot fishing near Sandy Point, Belevedere Shoal, Seven Foot Knoll, Swan Point, Love Point. In the Chester River, Tolchester Beach and Pooles Island areas, white perch fishing has been very good on grass shrimp.
Upper tidal *** 1/2 Crankbaits and artificial worms will turn up decent bass around bridge foundations and the drop-off near Fort McNair in the D.C. area, and spinnerbaits or buzzbaits will work well around the grass. Grass beds down to Mattawoman Creek have been producing bass all day long, but recent heavy rains may slow the action.
Patapsco *** 1/2 In the Key Bridge area, good perch and catfish fishing, while off the river mouth there are good catches of spot and occasional schools of small blues. Upper river is muddy and high after recent rains.
Patuxent *** 1/2 Flounder, spot, sea trout and schools of small blues.
Susquehanna **** White perch fishing good in the Port Deposit area. Good bass fishing around the islands and wherever there is wood cover or grass.
Gunpowder **** Spinnerbaits and plastic worms worked in the grass and around wood cover should turn up some good catches of bass.
Choptank *** 1/2 Spot, croaker, sea trout and an occasional small blue at the pier in Cambridge.
+ Freshwater lakes and rivers
Deep Creek Lake *** 1/2 Smallmouth bass fishing is good in 8 to 12 feet of water with live minnows. Drifted minnows also working well for trout in 25 feet of water near the dam and the Route 219 bridge.
Upper Potomac *** Recent rains may play havoc with the fishing here. But if levels drop, look for good fishing from Brunswick to Seneca on slug-gos or salty grubs. For river stage information, call (703) 260-0305.
Liberty *** 1/2 Good smallmouth fishing near the drop-offs, where live crayfish or shiners have done well.
Loch Raven *** 1/2 White perch on nightcrawlers and bass on the deep drops near the grass.
Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** 1/2 Good top-water fishing early in the day for bass, but then the fish go deep, where crayfish fished off the points have worked well.
Hunting Creek -- Creek is high, muddy and trying. Under normal conditions, nymphs, streamers and terrestrials have been working well.
Savage River -- River high and cloudy. Terrestrials and woolly worms have worked well.
Gunpowder River -- Muddy after recent rains. Caddis hatch. Cahills, caddis and blue-winged olives have worked well.