Fishing updates

August 06, 1998|By Peter Baker

Upper Chesapeake Bay: Bluefish, although small, have made their way above the Bay Bridge. Numbers are still low, but larger schools of 2- to 3-pounders have been cruising the mouth of the Severn River for a few days and should continue to move north. Oyster lumps off the Patapsco, Magothy, Gibson Island, Chester River and Kent Island are good for white perch, spot and catfish. Bay Bridge pilings also good for perch. Croaker catches have been sporadic at Belvedere Shoals, Podickory and Love points.

Middle Chesapeake Bay: Sea trout action improving at the mouth of the Choptank and Patuxent rivers, Holland Point and Poplar Island Narrows. Evening bites for croaker remain good to excellent at the Gooses, James Island, lower Patuxent River, Holland Point Bar and Brickhouse Bar. The edges in Eastern Bay are good for spot, croaker and white perch. Hard bottom areas from Thomas Point Light to Hacketts continue to be excellent for white perch. Eastern edges from Buoy 83 to False Channel have been good for flounder. Bluefish, including a few to 5 pounds, might be encountered throughout the area, often with sea trout lying beneath them.

Lower Chesapeake Bay: Eastern edge of the shipping channel from Hooper Island Light to the Mud Leads is excellent for sea trout and croaker, and chumming will work well for good bluefish action. Croaker, spot, sea trout and breaking blues at Cornfield Harbor. Flounder biting along the edge at Buoy 74. Tangier Sound a good choice for spot, croaker, sea trout and flounder, with Terrapin Sands, Puppy Hole, Loon Hill and Kedges Straits good locations. The Potomac River rockfish season reopens Saturday and will run through Dec. 13.

Tidal Potomac River: Largemouth bass action has been in and around grass beds in the main stem.

Upper Potomac River: Slight drop in daytime temperatures has turned on the smallmouth action, with spinners, crankbaits, grubs and tube lures working well.

Deep Creek Lake: Trout fishing continues to be excellent near the dam, and smallmouth bass and pickerel have been hitting drifted minnows.

Ocean City inshore: Live-lined spot have been turning up large sea trout at the south jetty. At the inlet piers the action is good to excellent for trout, blues, croaker and flounder, although most are undersized. Croaker, flounder and sea trout in the back bays, with occasional keeper rockfish at the Route 50 bridge. Kingfish, spot, sea trout, small blues and dusky sharks in the surf.

Ocean City offshore: Marlin action has been excellent, with White Marlin Open boats reporting record numbers of hook-ups and releases from the 50- to 60-fathom line between Washington and Poor Man's canyons. Yellowfin tuna at the Hot Dog and large numbers of dolphin from the Bass Grounds to the Canyons. Big bluefish, king mackerel and bonito at the Jackspot. The black sea bass fishery has been closed in the EEZ (3 to 200 miles offshore) and state waters (out to 3 miles) through Aug. 15.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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