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Chumming, trolling get good striped-bass results

Fishing report

September 05, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Upper Chesapeake Bay: Rockfish action has been very good, with fish to 37 inches taken by chummers at Swann Point Bar and Love Point. Chummers working the deeper areas between the mouth of the Magothy and Baltimore Light also have done well, with catches ranging to 32 inches, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Worton Point and Pooles Island areas have been less productive, but drifted eels still are accounting for stripers over the 18-inch minimum. Trolling has been less effective, but medium-size spoons, parachutes and hose should take fish from channel edges and over bottom humps. Large white perch for bottom fishermen using grass shrimp, crab baits or bloodworms at Bay Bridge pilings and from uneven bottom areas with shellfish beds from the Magothy to Six-Foot Knoll.

Middle Chesapeake Bay: Trollers working the western side of the shipping channel from Breezy Point to North Beach along the 35-foot contour are reporting good success on rockfish in the 24- to 32-inch range. White bucktails and parachutes have been good lures. Chummers at the Stone Rock and the Gooses have been attracting 16- to 18-inch stripers. Gum Thicketts also has been a good area for trollers, with catches reported in the 24- to 30-inch range. Good white perch fishing from the mouth of the West River to Hacketts over shell bottoms.

Lower Chesapeake Bay: Good rockfish action in the area, but even better keeper ratios with sea trout, bluefish and spanish mackerel at the Middle Grounds and western edge of main bay channel at the mouth of the Potomac River. DNR reports the best action for larger rockfish has been by trolling white bucktails at Cedar Point Rip and off Cove Point. Continuing flounder activity along edges from Middle Grounds to Buoy 74. Excellent sea trout fishing in Tangier Sound, with croaker, spot and blues mixed in. Best locations have been been Loon Hill, Kedges Straits and Piney Island Bar.

Ocean City: Not much offshore action, due to passing of Hurricane Edouard, and with Hurricane Fran working toward the Atlantic Coast, perhaps not much to look forward to. Inshore, flounder fishing still good in back bays from Route 50 bridge to behind Assateague. Piers at the inlet producing small sea trout, small blues, spot, sea bass and an occasional keeper rockfish (28-inch minimum). Tautog and triggerfish at the jetties.

Freshwater rivers, reservoirs

Upper Potomac River: Levels have been dropping and smallmouth fishing is on upswing. If Hurricane Fran hits the Carolinas and fans out through the Mid-Atlantic, river levels could rise quickly this weekend.

Liberty Reservoir: Crayfish and crankbaits have been working well for bass, crappie and bluegills around the beaver huts and sporadic striped-bass action near the Route 26 bridge on drifted shiners.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Some topwater action for bass, white perch taking trolled spinners tipped with night crawlers.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Largemouth bass in the weed beds, where plastic worms or lizards will work well. White perch in the coves at depths of 20 feet.

Deep Creek Lake: Smallmouth bass fishing improving off rocky shorelines or drops. Bluegill in 6- to 10-foot depths. Some trout activity near the dam.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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