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**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR*

October 23, 1992|By Peter Baker

**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR

Salt water

Inshore *** Flounder fishing has been good on the rising tide, with minnow and squid combinations working well from the inlet at Ocean City to the Route 50 bridge. Tautog on sand fleas from north jetty and the bulkheads at 1st and 4th streets.

Offshore *** 1/2 Wreck fishing has been excellent for sea bass, sea trout and tautog, with with an occasional bluefish.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay *** 1/2 Early morning or just before dark are good times for rockfish at the Southwest Middle Grounds, in the lower Potomac, Tangier Sound, Point Lookout and Hooper Straits. Blues have been schooling on the Middle Grounds and in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds and the mouth of the Potomac. There are still good catches of flounder being made on the deeper channel edges in Pocomoke and Tangier sounds, Hooper Straits and the lower Potomac.

Middle bay *** 1/2 Rockfish continue to be active -- from Breezy Point north to Holland Point and up to Hacketts Bar on the western shore, in the Patuxent River up to the Benedict area and at Gum Thicketts, Bloody Point, Poplar Island, mouth of the Choptank, Sharps Island Light, Stone Rock, and James Island. Bluefish from 1 to 3 pounds still active in the area.

Upper bay *** 1/2 Drifting live eels has produced good catches of stripers from lumps, channel edges or other underwater structures. Areas to try are the Dumping Grounds, Poole's Island, the Bay Bridge, Seven Foot Knoll, Kent Narrows, Swan Point and Love Point. Drifted eels work well for large stripers at the bridges.

POTOMAC RIVER

Upper tidal *** 1/2 For largemouth bass, look for deep channel edges, points or steep shorelines where there is wood cover, but don't pass up the grass beds.

OTHER RIVERS

Patapsco *** Key Bridge and Fort Smallwood have been very good for stripers. Upper river is in good condition, with water temperatures near 60.

Patuxent **** Very good striper fishing here, as the river is a prime hatchery release area.

Susquehanna River **** Rockfish can be caught from the Conowingo Dam down river, with the dam area very popular. Bass in the river moving toward wood cover.

Gunpowder River *** Wood cover in Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek should turn up good catches of bass on dark artificial worms.

Choptank River *** 1/2 At the pier in Cambridge, rockfish and occasional blues can be found.

FRESHWATER LAKES AND RIVERS

Deep Creek Lake *** Walleye averaging 18 inches have been taking nightcrawlers drifted across points.

AUpper Potomac River *** River is low but clear. Fish deeper holes below faster water.

RESERVOIRS

Liberty *** Crappie activity on minnows near the Route 32 bridge, Route 26 bridge and Cockeys Mill area. Some striper activity in the Nicodemus area.

Loch Raven *** Peerce's Cove and Hampton Cove have been good for smallmouth bass on live crayfish. Crappie fishing good on minnows at Dulaney Valley Road bridge.

TROUT

Hunting Creek *** Streamers and nymphs will work best.

Savage River *** 1/2 Streamers and terrestrials work well.

Gunpowder **** Black Wooly buggers and hare's ears nymphs working well.

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