June 16, 2000

Fishing report

The locations

Morgan Run: "It usually slows down this time of year, but it's been pretty good, surprisingly enough," says Marshall White at Angler's Hollow in Westminster. Caddis and blue quills have been coming off. The water has been pretty high, but it goes down quickly. Barring any heavy rains, it should be fishable this weekend. Terrestrials are strong.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Duke Nohe said he and his buddy, Joe Butta, had good luck catching smallmouth bass on his specialty: pig-and-jigs. Bluegills and white perch also are biting on small spinners with nightcrawlers. Bluegills are back in the coves, and the fish are starting their summertime patterns. Surface plugs and jointed Rebel or Rapala are working well on points and bars. A Mepps spinner with a mini behind it and plastic worms have yielded nice catches of bass, too.

Loch Raven Reservoir: White perch are everywhere, says Kevin McComas at the fishing center. Try trolling with a piece of nightcrawler on a spinner. Bass and pickerel are plentiful and biting on jigs and artificial worms. Peerce's Cove contains lots of big crappies.

Susquehanna: Striper action has remained hot. From Rock Run downstream, anglers have been casting live-lined white perch and trolling surgical tubes tipped with bloodworms in deep water. Striped bass are at the dam, and carp and catfish are biting from the catwalk on dough balls, cut baits and chicken livers. On the flats, largemouths around wood and rocky structures are biting on plastics and Pop-R baits.

Gunpowder River: Sulphurs are hatching sporadically throughout the day, says Nick Yowell at On the Fly in Monkton. The hatching starts at about 9 or 10 a.m., though the biggest hatch comes in the evening. There's also a good rustic spinnerfall in the evening. Anglers are having luck with terrestrials - black ants, beetles and Japanese beetles.

Middle River: "The weather's been sucky," says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway, "but other than that, it's the same situation as last week." Bass continue to seek shade in the grass. In the mornings and evenings, they're cruising, and anglers have been catching them on top with Pop-R baits, surface plugs, buzz baits and plastic jerk baits. Flipping jigs and worms have worked especially well in the mornings. The points are producing nice catches, courtesy of Carolina Rigged Fat Bob's. Try spinner baits on the edges of grass during higher tides. Striper action should pick up around Poole's Island as the weather warms.

Patapsco River: Catfish and perch are biting peelers and worms in the lower Patapsco, says Clyde at Clyde's Sport Shop. In the Patapsco valley ponds, anglers are catching crappies and bluegills with minnows. Smallmouth bass are plentiful near Daniels Dam. Try topwater soft baits fished quickly in the early morning and late afternoon. In the early morning, rainbow and brown trout can be caught in faster water with muddler minnows or large neutral-colored wooly buggers.

Patuxent River: Croakers are everywhere in the upper river and biting on bloodworms and squid, says Shannon Oxley at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Anglers are catching flounder on minnows and are chumming for rockfish. Trout are biting on peeler crabs and bloodworms. Blue fish are starting to appear. Blues, rockfish and sea trout are moving heavily in the bay, says Big Al at C&EJ's in Lothian. Yellow perch are biting on bloodworms at the Chester River.

Chesapeake Bay: "Rockfish has been red hot," says Fishin' Charlie at Angler's Sport Center. Love Point and the Hill are the top two spots, with Hackett's a strong third. Bottom fishing has been great, producing perch and croakers. Flounders are starting to show up, so it's time for anglers to start drifting with squid and minnows.

Eastern Shore: Despite the up-and-down weather, it's been extremely busy, says Tony Tochterman at Tochterman's. Spot are biting at Kent Narrows, and Crisfield and Deale are teeming with hardheads and trout. Anglers also are catching stripers off Love Point. Try chumming with peelers and soft crabs and jigging with metal lures.

Ocean City: Oyster Bay Tackle Shop's Sue Foster reports that Indian River Inlet has been producing trout, stripers and some bluefish. They're biting on bucktails, lures, peelers and soft crabs. On the shore, use bucktails with yellow plastic worms, Got-cha Plugs and surface poppers. Large trout and bluefish are biting on the outgoing tide at Oceanic Pier. Try a 1/4 -oz. spec rig or Got-cha Plugs. At Shantytown Pier, anglers are using spec rigs and double-tied twister rigs. Fishing from the U.S. 50 bridge has yielded stripers and trout. Bluefish and trout are biting lead-heads with plastic worms and bucktails tipped with peeler or soft crabs at the south side of South Jetty. North Jetty has provided trout and bluefish.

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