Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

August 05, 1993

RESIDENT GOOSE SEASON

Maryland will hold a hunting season for resident Canada geese Sept. 7-15 this fall, with hunters allowed three geese daily and a limit of six.

The areas open to hunting will be the 14 counties west of the Chesapeake Bay.

In addition to normal licenses and stamps, hunters will be required to carry a free September Canada goose season

permit, which is currently available from Department of Natural Resources offices.Hunters will be required to keep a daily log of hunting activities and to mail that report to DNR by Sept. 25.

THE FISHING REPORT SALT WATER Ocean

Inshore -- very good -- Dave Blazer of the DNR reports that flounder fishing is good behind Ocean City, with catches up to four pounds reported in the Thorofare, the Convention Center Channel and near the Airport. In the surf, large spot, kingfish and a few dusky sharks have been taken.

Offshore -- very good -- White marlin and blue marlin caught and released at the Rockpile and Washington Canyon, along with yellowfin tuna to 90 pounds and bigeye tuna to 100 pounds. Chunking at the Jackspot has been a good choice for bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, king mackerel and dolphin.

` Chesapeake Bay Lower bay -- excellent -- Small schools of Spanish mackerel have been reported near the Maryland-Virginia line, but the best action here still is bottom fishing for spot, croaker, sea trout and flounder. Good areas for mixed catches are Hooper Strait, Middle Grounds, Cornfield Harbor, mouth of the Patuxent, Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound. Small and widely scattered schools of bluefish reported breaking late in the evening.

Middle bay -- very good -- Hackett Point, Kent Point, Bodkin Island, Blackwalnut Point, Cooks Point and Cove Point all will turn up croaker or spot on crab baits or bloodworms, and Sharps Island Light and the Stone Rock have turned up catches of sea trout averaging 13 inches on crab baits.

Upper bay -- very good -- Night fishing for catfish has been pretty good, with 2- to 5-pounders taken in the Susquehanna near Port Deposit, Northeast River, Pooles Island, Hart and Miller Island. Cut bait, worms, crab or shrimp will work well. Grass shrimp, bloodworms or clam snouts will turn up white perch at Belvedere Shoals, 7-Foot Knoll, Pooles Island, Tolchester, the Susquehanna near Lapidum and the Chester River near Eastern Neck Island.

! Potomac River Upper tidal -- very good -- Grass beds in Washington Channel are top-notch at the moment for largemouth bass, according to Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited. Early in the day, top water lures fished over the beds will work well. As the day gets brighter, try working the drop-offs closest to the edges of the grass beds with plastics.

Other rivers Patapsco -- good -- Good catfishing at night; white perch to 10 inches or so near Key Bridge.

Susquehanna -- very good -- For black largemouth bass, try crankbaits around bridge pilings and plastic worms on submerged wood cover. Spinnerbaits will work well in areas of grass.

Choptank -- good -- Spot and some croaker at the fishing pier in Cambridge. Upriver, points and drop-offs near Martinak State Park have been good for largemouth bass.

Wicomico -- good -- Fish close to submerged wood with crankbaits or artificial worms for largemouth bass, and pay close attention to the lily pads just down river from the launch in Salisbury.

Patuxent -- very good -- At the river mouth, spot and sea trout action has been very good. Bridge pilings at Benedict continue to turn up large white perch.

Gunpowder -- good -- Grass beds in Dundee Creek offer largemouth bass fishing second only to the Susquehanna in this area.

Chester -- good -- Infrequent catches of bluefish at the river mouth; big catfish on crab baits near Cliffs City and largemouth bass fishing good near wood cover farther up river.

FRESHWATER LAKES AND RIVERS Upper Potomac River -- excellent -- Thunderstorm activity will have sections of the river muddy. But smallmouth bass action can be terrific over rocky bottoms rather than grassy areas.

Deep Creek Lake -- very good -- night crawlers or minnows drifted in 8 to 10 feet of water have produced catches of northern pike and chain pickerel. Trout have been hitting minnows drifted in deep water near the dam. Best fishing overall has been in the evening.

RESERVOIRS

Loch Raven -- good -- Largemouth bass have been hanging near deep ledges and hitting spinnerbaits and crankbaits early in the day. Liberty -- good -- Route 32 area has been good for crappie on wax worms or small grubs on shad darts.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge -- very good -- Pigtail Cove should turn up some good catches of smallmouth bass on grubs or jigs. Largemouth action is best at dawn.

Piney Run -- good -- Edges of grass beds and submerged tree branches should turn up some largemouth bass early in the day on live shiners.

TROUT

Hunting Creek -- Stream is low and clear. Beetles and inch worms have been working well.

Savage River -- River is low. Yellow stonefly patterns and terrestrials have been working well.

Gunpowder -- River is in good condition. Beetles, ants and streamers have been working well.

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