Fishing report

Outdoors

April 21, 2000|By Candus Thomson

The locations

Susquehanna: Striper action has been picking up all week on the Flats, even with the rain, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop. Fish are ranging from 22 to 26 inches. Most successful lures have been Bass Assassins in albino and chartreuse. Stripers also are being caught at Turkey Point, Elk Neck State Park, Red Point and Perryville Town Park, using bottom-fished bloodworms.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Duke Nohe caught "a gigantic" smallmouth -- 7 lbs., 2 oz. and 24 inches last Friday on a pig and jig in 17 feet of water in the lower lake. The water temperatures remain stuck in the lower 50s, and the weather hasn't been cooperating. We'll need 58 degrees for the smallmouth to start spawning and 64 degrees for the largemouth, Nohe says.

Loch Raven Reservoir: They're catching bass on pig and jigs and plastic worms, says Bill Caudell at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. Bluegills are hanging in the woods and coves. Pickerel can be found about 5-10 feet down along the shore; use spinners. Crappie are being caught off the No. 2 bridge with wax worms and minnows.

Morgan Run: The water is fast and the trout have turned their attention from woolly buggers to the naturals. Think caddis, says Robert Sollott at Angler's Hollow in Westminster. In fast water, use a smaller CDC caddis (No. 18-20) with an elk hair wing. In slower pockets, try Henryville specials (No. 16-20). Emergers and pupa are moving around in mid-day. Some Hendricksons are rising and lots of midges are coming off the water. Sollott also reminds fly casters to avoid "pounding on female spawners just for the pictures. Leave them alone and give her a chance to help the fishery."

Gunpowder River: Water temperature is 49 degrees at Falls Road, and ranges from 45-60 elsewhere, says Wally Vait of On the Fly in Monkton. Water is just beginning to trickle over the top of the dam and should increase through the weekend to add to the base flow. Hip waders are still OK. Vait reports a great caddis hatch (tan, black, olive) on the lower river, and suggests tan caddis (No. 16-18). Also, he saw a good hatch of Quill Gordons upstream of Bunker Hill Road.

Middle River: Chris Kotula of The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway says they've been catching bass on grubs and crankbait on Dundee Creek and "really big catfish" on Norman Creek with dried pellet chum.

Patuxent River: Up river, the catch-and-release trout are feeding on naturals now. Tidal bass fishing is picking up, as are the hickory shad. Stripers, white perch and croaker are all being taken with bloodworms, say the folks at C&EJ's in Lothian. Anglers are having good croaker luck using bloodworms at Point Lookout State Park and Piney Point, says Jeff Pelly at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park.

Potomac River: The stripers are happy with cut herring and Hot Lips crankbaits, says guide Ken Penrod. Bass and stripers are taking crankbait and tubes at the Long Bridge and Key Bridge foundations. Anglers are catching smallmouth, walleye and tiger muskie in the middle Potomac.

Chesapeake Bay: Rockfish season opens Tuesday in the main stem. Atlantic croaker are as far north as Bodkin Point and are being taken in shallow water. An 18-inch croaker was taken at Matapeake Pier. Ron Smith at Angler's Sport Center says a woman caught a 21-inch striper on a bloodworm "and it was larger than anything I saw last year." The perch run is down to smaller males.

Eastern Shore: Shore fishing is starting to come into its own now, with bass anglers having good luck at Johnson Pond and Leonard Mill Pond outside Salisbury, says guide Gene Kane. Last week, a 6-pound, 22 1/2-inch largemouth was taken at Johnson. Fluctuating temperatures (60 to 72 degrees) have put the fish off, but they are taking worms, he says.

Ocean City: The mackerel are gone, but the blues are starting to show up and the tautog remain hot, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Anglers are using bait shrimp, green crab and clams to nab tautog. Best spots appear to be the Ocean City and Indian River inlets, the South Jetty and the bulkhead between 2nd and 7th streets. Stripers are raising the excitement level at the Indian River Inlet. Anglers are using live eels or bucktails with a 6-inch white curltail grub as a trailer. Warmer water temperatures will help the flounder season.

To hear the fishing report, call SunDial and enter category 5378 on your touch-tone phone. The phone number is 410-783-1800 in the Baltimore area; 410-268-7736 in Anne Arundel County, 410-836-5028 in Harford and 410-848-0038 in Carroll.

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