Fishing report

Outdoors

July 28, 2000

Fishing report

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Piney Run: The overcast skies have helped the fishing, so pray that the clouds hang around and head out. Bluegills, crappies and bass are taking minnows, worms and wax worms, says Clyde's Sports Shop in Lansdowne. Get the bass on top at dawn and dusk, and if you've got time, try the break line - the area where the lake gets deeper.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The bass are 25 to 35 feet deep, and anglers are hitting points, humps and bars, says guide Duke Nohe. Pig and jigs, plastic worms, live bait and trolling are working. For white perch, try trolling a spinner with a nightcrawler.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Anglers are trolling in deeper water using spinners with nightcrawlers attached for white perch, says Ryan Ward at the fishing center. On the outside of the grass beds, bass are biting on spinner baits, crank baits and plastic worms. The early morning topwater bite has been good on rainy and cloudy days. A few pike and pickerel are mixed in.

Susquehanna River: Catfish in the Elk River are biting on bloodworms and nightcrawlers, says Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Check out the grass beds of the Elk and the Susquehanna flats for largemouth bass. Use spinner baits and live shiners.

Gunpowder River: Nick Yowell at On the Fly in Monkton says the morning water temperature in the Gunpowder has been about 55 degrees, getting up to about 62 by midday. Tricos start coming off the water at 7 a.m. During the day, ants (size 14-16) and beetles (size 12) are working, and in the evening, fireflies (size 12) are strong. The water is low and running clear.

Middle River: When Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway says the fishing is "pretty doggone good," he's talking rockfish. He's heard of catches exceeding 40 inches around Poole's Island. Anglers are having luck drifting and trolling eels on humps and chunking on the edges of the channels. Plugging points and shorelines in shallow water on surface lures in the morning and evening works too. Bass seeking shade under the piers can be had by pitching worms on a low tide. At the river's mouth, buzzbaits could get you rockfish on one cast and catfish on the next.

Patapsco River: Fishing won't get back to normal until the rain stops and the water levels drop, according to the DNR. Until then, smallmouth action near Daniels will be out of whack. But rainbow and brown trout are biting a variety of baits - small, dark colored tube jigs, in-line spinners, flies, diving plugs, soft plastic baits and live baits - in fast riffles and at the heads of pools. Anglers are also seeing white perch, catfish and rockfish in the lower Patapsco biting on worms, shrimps and peelers.

Patuxent River: Nice sized red drum are turning up in the mouth -- a welcome surprise -- says Patrick Norris at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. It's slowed on top a little bit, but rockfish and blues are still biting. Spot have moved in and mixed with the croaker. Bloodworms are the best bait for both. Flounder are still active and are taking live minnows. Anglers are catching catfish and a few perch farther upriver, says Ed Johnson at C&EJ's in Lothian.

Chesapeake Bay: Rip Deladier at Angler's Sport Center says big croaker are in the bay. He caught an 18-inch, 2-pounder a couple weeks back and says there's still plenty to be had in the mouth of the Magothy, Hackett's Point, the Hill and under the Bay Bridge. Chumming the same places as well as the edges of the channels and Love Point will get you rockfish.

Eastern Shore: Perch fishing is unbelievable right now, says Tony at Tochterman's. They're big and they're everywhere from Craighill Light to Belvedere Shoals. Anglers are chumming with alewife and synthetic, freeze-dry chum and are casting eels. There's also a lot of perch from inside the Key Bridge to White Rocks.

Ocean City: Flounder had been all the rage, but the fishing slowed last week, says Sue Foster at Oyster Bay Tackle. Look for it to pick up this week and check out the Thorofare, Convention Center, Route 50 Bridge and the bay behind Assateague. Croakers, porgies, spot and blowfish are biting on small hooks with a combination of bloodworm and squid up by Route 90. Offshore, the Hambone, Hot Dog and Chicken Bone are producing nice tuna. The charter boat Realistic pulled in a 975-pound mako shark on Saturday- a Delaware state record.

Potomac River: State biologist John Mullican reports that anglers are catching smallmouth bass, walleye, tiger muskie and channel catfish. The bass are especially active near riffles and ledges. Small jigs with smoke or chartreuse plastic trailers have been hooking larger bass near Violet's Lock. For catfish, cast by riffles and wood debris at the head of deep pools at night and deep water during the day. - James Giza

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