Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

July 08, 1993

SALT WATER Ocean

Inshore -- very good -- The Ocean City Inlet, the Thoroughfare, Convention Center Channel surf have been producing flounder on squid and minnow combinations, but many are under the 14-inch minimum. The north jetty and the Route 50 bridge have turned up sea trout to weight pounds in the late evening on white bucktails and grubs. Kingfish, blowfish, sea trout, ocean perch and small sand sharks are being taken at the Ocean Pier and in the surf at North Ocean City and Assateague.

Offshore -- very good -- Marlin fishing is rounding into shape with the first blue marlin of the season taken last week near Washington Canyon. Baltimore Canyon and Washington Canyon also produced several white marlin as well as yellowfin and bluefin tuna. The Hot Dog and Fingers are still providing good action on Mako sharks, and king mackerel and spanish mackerel are making a good showing at the First Lump.

Chesapeake Bay Lower bay -- very good -- Most consistent action in this area has been bottom fishing for croaker to 11 inches and large spot near the Middle Grounds, Cornfield Harbor, mouth of the Patuxent, Hooper Island Light. Crisfield and Deal Island areas are turning up best catches of sea trout from 12 to 18 inches with some 6 pounders mixed in and 20-fish limits of croaker. Sea trout also are becoming active in the Hooper Island area. Crab baits will work best for sea trout and croaker. Small schools of two-pound bluefish have been scattered through the area, with the Triangle the best bet late in the day when the fish might be breaking on top. During the day, trolling and chumming have worked well.

Middle bay -- good -- Black drum are still being taken in the Stone Rock area, where crab baits drifted in 15 to 25 feet of water will work well. Medium to large spot and croaker are being taken near Sharps Island Light, Cook Point, the fishing pier at Cambridge and the mouth of Eastern Bay. Scattered catches of bluefish averaging about two pounds have been reported from the mouth of the Severn River and at Gum Thicketts on trolled spoons or small hoses.

Upper bay -- very good -- Reports of bluefish catches near Love Point continue, and white perch fishing has been good on moving tide with grass shrimp at the mouth of the Magothy, Key Bridge, Craighill Light, 7-foot Knoll, Northeast River and in lower Chester River, as well as off Hart and Miller Island. Catfish action has been decent at Hart and Miller Island, Fort Armistead and the Corsica River. In the tributaries, catfish, perch and bass are good possibilities (see river reports).

Potomac River Upper tidal -- very good -- Topwater action at first light on &L

largemouth bass from 1 to 6 pounds in Wades Bay and Greenway Flats. Heat wave recently has made all but hours of low light poor except in deeper water. Try deep along Wilson bridge pilings with artificial worms or jigs. Bryan's Cove, Greenway Flats and the mouth of Pomonkey Creek also are good bets on the moving tide.

Other rivers Patapsco -- good -- White perch good in the Key Bridge area and edges of bottom humps with grass shrimp or crab baits best. Catfish catches continue to be good.

Susquehanna -- very good -- Smallmouth bass from 12 to 18 inches have been active around Roberts and Spencer islands. ** Largemouth fishing best early and late from Port Deposit to Havre de Grace with crankbaits, artificial worms or live shiners worked near bridge pilings. Large catfish below the dam.

Choptank -- good -- Action at fishing pier at Cambridge for white perch, spot and some croaker. Farther upriver, from Denton to Greensboro, shaded, deeper water with submerged cover is a good bet for bass on plastics.

Wicomico -- very good -- On the ebbing tide, try the wood structure to either side of the launch in Salisbury for good largemouth bass fishing on jigs dressed with smoke colored grubs.

Magothy -- good -- At the river mouth, good white perch fishing on the humps with grass shrimp.

Gunpowder -- good -- Pilings, grass beds and shoreline rip-rap should turn up decent largemouth bass.

Chester -- good -- Scattered reports of spot. White perch over hard or oyster bottom near the river mouth. Spinnerbaits or artificial worms will work well for largemouth near submerged vegetation in the Chestertown area.

FRESHWATER LAKES AND RIVERS

Upper Potomac River -- very good -- With the river very warm, smallmouth bass are holding on the edges of fast water below rock ledges or boulders, where salty grubs on lead heads can be fished slowly on the bottom. Topwater action good in the morning. For river condition, call (301) 223-6377.

Deep Creek Lake -- very good -- Bluegill catches still producing lots of citation on fish taken from two to 6 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Trout near the dam in 15 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass from 12 to 15 inches on minnows early in the day.

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