Fishing report

Outdoors

May 19, 2000

The locations

Morgan Run: It's CDC sulfurs, emergers and ants; spinners in the evening, says Angler's Hollow owner Robert Sollott. Fish range from 10-12 inches, with the occasional 15-inch brown trout. If you find yourself fishing as the sun goes down and you don't have any spinners, Sollott suggests clipping the hackle from the top and bottom of a dry sulfur dun and pulling the remaining hackle to the sides to duplicate spent wings lying flat on the water's surface. In faster water, try muddler minnows with a little bit of weight. The water is dingy in the deeper areas, but on the whole clear. With the cold nights, the water temperature hasn't stabilized yet, with morning readings in the 50s and afternoon readings in the 70s.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The bass are moving in on the beds, says guide Duke Nohe, who caught six smallmouth Monday, the largest 3 1/2 pounds. The water temperature is 70 degrees, 60 degrees at 15 feet. Go with crank baits, plastic worms and pig and jigs. Anglers also are catching white perch on small spinners with night crawlers trailing. He says we're entering a transition period, and pretty soon the fish will be moving to deeper water.

Loch Raven Reservoir: They're catching "a lot of everything," says Kevin McComas at the fishing center. Anglers are catching bass on white spinners or worms, although action is tailing off as spawning ends. The white perch are up in Hampton and Pierce's coves earlier than they've been seen before. Catch them on spinners with a piece of worm attached. The blue gills are on the nests, and the weed beds are starting to come up. So many 10-pound pike are being caught while anglers are bass fishing that McComas jokes, "I thought people were passing the same fish around."

Susquehanna River: The hickory shad run is down to the stragglers, but the run of their American cousin is just beginning, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. It's catch and release only. The tributaries have large numbers of blue black herring. White perch are plentiful. Try darts, bloodworms, clam snouts and shrimp. Anglers are catching largemouth bass on the Flats on crankbaits and plastics. The Conowingo catwalk is being used with success for catching carp and catfish.

Gunpowder River: The sulphur hatch is on, says Wally Vait at On the Fly in Monkton. The fish are busy from Maismore Road down past York Road. Emergers during the day, spinners in the evening. Try CDC sulphurs, size 14. The water is at normal level, the temperature is almost 60 degrees in the morning and clarity is good. Hip waders are OK. Vait reminds anglers that upstream from Bluemont Road, it's catch and release, artificial lures and flies only.

Middle River: With spawning over, the bass are laying low and recuperating, says Bill Horstman of the The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. They'll be back to their usual fiesty selves soon. Dundee and Saltpeter creeks are loaded with bass, and you'll find them just hanging around the pilings. The good news is the grass is growing, and where you find the grass, you'll find the bass," Horstman says. You'll have success with spinner baits, Carolina rigs and Fat Bobs, a locally manufactured worm.

Patapsco River: In the upper river, they're catching catfish on worms, chicken livers and peelers. On the lower river, it's trout and smallmouth bass. Stanley Oles at S&S Bait and Tackle says he's heard there are good croaker around Fort Smallwood being caught with bloodworms, peelers and soft crabs.

Patuxent River: In the lower river, the action remains croaker, says Ken at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. One angler caught 70 in just a few hours on bloodworms and squid. Rockfish season opens June 1 on the river. Farther upstream, croaker, white perch and some spot being caught on bloodworms.

Chesapeake Bay: There's lots of bait and lots of fish, but anglers are having limited success catching rockfish, says Fishin' Charlie at Angler's Sport Center. The reason? "They're filled with alewives," he says. You'll never know which hour the bite will be. Success is coming on the Kent Island side from Matapeake to Bloody Point. Use spoons, umbrellas and parachutes. Flounder and spots are beginning to show up.

Eastern Shore: They're still catching croaker at the Matapeake Pier with bloodworms and peelers. On the Choptank Fishing Pier in Cambridge, they're catching croakers up to 18 inches using bloodworms and peelers. On the upper Choptank, it's catfish and white perch on cut herring, peelers and worms.

Ocean City: They're singing the blues in the surf, in the inlets and in the bay behind OC, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. Go with mullet rigs and whole finger mullet. Try the Shantytown Pier (after dark), the Oceanic Fishing Pier and the Route 50 bridge. Blues 15 to 24 inches are being taken by surf fishermen at 94th and 115th streets. Kingfish are being taken on bloodworms. Flounder fishing remains spotty.

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