Fishing report

May 05, 2000

The locations

Morgan Run: The catch-and-release area was just stocked with 1,300 brown trout, many in the 14-inch range. Robert Sollott at Angler's Hollow in Westminster says the water is "clear and very fishable." Streamers are becoming ineffective. Try bead-headed brown stone fly nymphs, size 6.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Small and largemouth bass are being taken in 20-25 feet of water on pig and jigs. A 39-inch, 15-pound tiger muskie was taken in Frog Hollow Cove. Use large to jumbo shiners, says Steve Morea at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Kevin McComas at the fishing center says warm days and nights "have turned the fish on like a switch," with both bass and crappie now spawning. Crappie are taking to shad darts, minnows and wax worms; while bass are being caught with spinners and artificial worms. Pickerel are being taken on shiners. Canoe rentals have started at the center. "This week and next will be the two best weeks of the year," McComas predicts.

Susquehanna River: Fishermen along the banks of the Susquehanna, Northeast, Sassafras, Bohemia and Elk rivers are catching a fair number of white perch on the bottom using bloodworms, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. The Susquehanna, near the dam, is also home to white shad, which are being caught on shad darts and Nungesser spoons. The creeks are full of herring. The piers and pilings along the Northeast River are good spots to take largemouth bass on large shiners, spinner baits, and bottom-bounced jigs. Smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna are being taken on spinner baits and shiners.

Gunpowder River: The water is clear and 60 degrees at York Road, says Wally Vait of On the Fly in Monkton. Hip waders are OK. Sparse hatches, with sulphurs due soon. Try CDC Quill Gordons, CDC elk hair caddis and elk hair caddis with trailing shuck. Catfish are being caught.

Middle River: Dundee Creek is the hot spot for largemouth bass, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. The fish are taking Carolina rigged lizards and Rattle baits. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers, clam snouts, bloodworms and freeze dried catfish chum.

Patapsco River: Green plastic tubes are landing good size rock bass. Redbreast sunfish and smallmouth bass are being caught in slower moving waters. Trout are rising; try dark weighted woolly buggers and small weighted nymphs. In the lower Patapsco, catfish and perch are being taken on worms and chicken livers.

Patuxent River: Croaker are everywhere, say the guys at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Use bloodworms. Try bottom fishing the West Basin with cut or live bait. If the weather stays warm, expect bluefish as early as next week. They're catching rockfish off the pier at Solomons. On the upper river, perch 10-13 inches are being caught on grass shrimp, says Big Al at C&EJ'S in Lothian. The Hallowing Point public boat launching ramp is closed for repairs until Aug. 1.

Chesapeake Bay: Fishin' Charlie at Angler's Sport Center says there's great croaker action at night at Mattapeake Pier, the Severn River Bridge, and Sandy Point on cut herring. White perch are starting to come out of the rivers -- bottom fish for them with bloodworms. Anglers are having success trolling for stripers on the channel's east side with a combination of parachutes, umbrellas and bucktails.

Eastern Shore: Johnson's Pond and Leonard Mill Pond near Salisbury have really rebounded, says guide Gene Kane, who caught at least 22 largemouth every day he was out this week. Fish between 2-2 1/2 pounds are on the edges of the nests. He suggests tossing weightless lizards into shallow water. Other options are spinner baits and stick baits. On the upper Choptank River, white perch are being caught on worms and cut herring; on the river near Cambridge, catfish are being taken on bloodworms and cut herring.

Ocean City: Bluefish, 18-19 inches, are being caught in the surf on cut bait and whole finger mullet, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. Some monster stripers are being caught on Assateague Island (one a 44-incher) on bloodworms and cut bait. Blowfish like bloodworms, squid or bait shrimp. Flounder fishing is getting better from the U.S. 50 bridge and behind Assateague, with anglers using frozen shiners. Night striper fishing has been spotty, but tautog action is good, with success at the Indian River and Ocean City inlets using green crabs.

Potomac River: North Branch levels have dropped, making it fishable again. Guide Ken Penrod says the Upper Potomac has cleared. Smallmouth bass are being caught at Edwards Ferry with spinner baits and tubes and at Whites Ferry on the Maryland side with tubes or black worms. Stripers in the tidal Potomac can be caught on Hot Lips crankbaits and Sugar Shads. The waters around the Wilson Bridge are home to some five-pound bass.

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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