Fishing report

June 30, 2000

The locations

Morgan Run: Showers have made the action tough to call, says Robert Sollott at Angler's Hollow in Westminster. Use streamers and switch to terrestrials if you see action on top. He also suggests bright green caddis to cut through the murkiness. "Play it by ear, and call a local shop before you head out," he says.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Pretty much status quo, with white perch in the cove mouths liking a spinner trailed by a worm and bass liking pigs and jigs, spinner baits, and plugs.

Loch Raven Reservoir: White perch are about half-way back in the coves, say the guys at the fishing center. Troll spinners trailed with night crawlers. Fish the weed beds and about 25-feet down for bass using tubes and lizards. Pickerel are all over; use lizards and tubes.

Susquehanna River: Striper action is still hot, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Fishermen are using live, small white perch. At Port Deposit, stripers are biting on small surgical tubes tipped with bloodworms. Smallmouth bass are taking shiners, spinner baits, and small crank baits. Anglers along the banks at Elk Neck State Park and Turkey Point are catching small white perch on bloodworms, catfish on shrimp and clam snouts. Carp are biting dough baits.

Gunpowder River: It's terrestrial time, says Nick Yowell at On the Fly in Monkton. Try black ants, size 14-16; Japanese beetles, size 12; black beetles, size 16; and in the evening, fireflies in size 14. Water is still spilling over the dam. Above Bunker Hill, hip waders are OK; below, you might be better off with chest waders.

Middle River: Bass are in their summertime patterns, says Bill Horstman of The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. That means a surface-bite mornings and evenings, but in the heat of the day, fishing deeper water and weeds. Try Carolina-rigged worms. They're still waiting for the rock fishing to heat up, but salinity is low. Low tides are better than high tides. Fish eels, buzz baits, and surface plugs.

Patapsco River: Anglers on the lower river are catching catfish and perch on peelers and worms. The river upstream from U.S. 1 is seeing some largemouth and smallmouth action along with the usual panfish. DNR biologist Mike Naylor reports terrific smallmouth fishing, with any technique being effective. "Sometimes several fish will attack a lure at once, and it's not unusual to have hooked fish be followed by packs of smaller fish trying to take the lure from its mouth, even as you reel it in."

Patuxent River: Blues and sea trout are dominating, says "Bigg L" at C&EJ's in Lothian. Use bloodworms and cut squid. The waters are thick with croakers, too. At the river's mouth, anglers are catching flounder on minnows, say the guys at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. And dare we say, more croakers. If you don't have a boat, head for the piers. White perch, spot, and croaker are being caught off the Naval Air Station and the Spider Buoy.

Chesapeake Bay: Anyone you talk to - from Clyde's Sports Shop to Angler's Sport Center - says bottom fishing and chumming are wailing. Fish the Summer Gooses, The Hill and the Stone Rock. The edges of the eastern bay are still loaded with croaker. From Thomas Point to Hacketts Bar on the western hard bottom, anglers are reporting good spot, white perch, and croaker fishing. Rays and skates are making it nearly impossible for shoreline anglers. In upper-bay rivers, largemouth bass are taking plastics, spinner baits, and crank baits.

Eastern Shore: Get your bones out of bed this weekend and hit the lakes. Fish are especially active in the hour before sunrise, taking top-water baits, such as poppers, buzz baits, and deer-hair flies, says guide Gene Kane at Tochterman's. In midday, switch to the worm pattern. Fish are busting scum frogs and lily pads. Gene says anglers are getting 35 to 60 fish a day. The Choptank River fishing pier still has decent nighttime croaker action.

Ocean City: Flounder fishing is good behind Assateague and at the U.S. 50 bridge, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Squid and minnow combos work well. Night fishing from the bridge for large trout is a good bet. Use peelers, Got-cha plugs and bucktails. Pier fishing has been a mixed bag. The surf off Assateague has yielded a few kingfish, which took bloodworms. Offshore, Rosedale's Larry Gardner caught the season's first blue marlin. The marlin, estimated at 600 to 700 pounds, was caught at Washington Canyon from the "Enticer." The marlin swallowed a 25-pound yellowfin tuna Gardner caught but spit it up before being released.

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