Fishing report


April 20, 2001|By CANDUS THOMSON

The locations

Piney Run Reservoir: Six citation-sized crappies hit this week on small minnows, says Jim Gronaw at the fishing center. Check out submerged trees and the edges of beaver lodges for crappies and bluegills. Use small jigs tipped with bait.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water is still plenty cold, and the bass are into the coves, says guide Duke Nohe, who got a nice write-up recently in In-Fisherman magazine. Pig and jigs (Nohe's favorite), crankbaits and plastic worms.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Last year was excellent, but what will this year bring? "If it warms up, everything should bust loose this weekend," says George Friedel at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. Bass are on the edges; pickerel are scattered. Crappies are schooling in the coves and near structure. Last weekend, an angler caught a 32-inch hybrid rockfish. Spinner baits and crankbaits are working; silver streamers for the fly rodders.

Liberty Reservoir: Take night crawlers for white perch. Try the boat ramp behind the Shell station for walleyes; use minnows -- also good bait for crappies in Morgan's Run and Beaver Run.

Susquehanna River: The river and Flats are muddy, but the creeks are clear, says Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Hickory shad, still in the river and Deer Creek, are taking small spoons and shad darts.

Gunpowder River: The water's clear, the flow's medium, and temperatures are in the mid-40s, says guide Nick Yowell at Gunpowder Outfitters. San Juan worms -- brown, red and pink, in sizes 10-14. Green weenies, size 10. Suckers, size 14. For dry flies, pack some black stone flies, size 18-20; underwater, go with pheasant tails, size 12-14.

Middle River: While you wait for warmer water in Dundee and Saltpeter creeks, skip up the bay and try bass fishing at the Tydings Bridge at Havre de Grace, suggests Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. And "it's crappie city [around Joppatowne] when you can get clean water," he says.

Patapsco River: Cold has slowed panfish and smallmouths but been good for trout, says Hank Holland, at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Try streamers and bead-head nymphs and woolly buggers, size 8. Plenty of trout remain -- PowerBait, worms, or in-line spinners.

Tridelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Walleyes on the drop-offs are biting jigs, minnows. Crappies are around the U.S. 29 bridge over Rocky Gorge; use minnows. Bass are in the shallows -- minnows, crankbaits, and spinner baits.

Patuxent River: In the upper river, largemouths are hitting jigs; chain pickerel, spinnerbaits at the Queen Anne Bridge. Croakers are picking up. Night bottom fishing at Point Lookout is having some success -- bloodworms and squid.

Chesapeake Bay: Catfish, white perch are gobbling bloodworms on the bottoms of the Bohemia, Elk, Sassafras and Northeast rivers. Today opens rockfish season, through May 31, in the main stem, from Brewerton Channel south to the state line, with a 28-inch minimum, one fish per angler each day. Avoid spawning areas, reaches.

Eastern Shore: "The fishing is better than the recent weather would make you think," says guide Gene Kane at Tochterman's in Fells Point, with bass and pickerel "aggressive and feeding" -- spinner baits, jigs, worms.

Ocean City: Some striper action on bucktails with plastic worms at Indian River Inlet, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. Scattered tautog at the inlet, the U.S. 50 bridge, and bulkhead between Second and Fourth streets.

Potomac River: Rockfish are rare, herring have arrived, and big stripers will arrive in the tidal river soon, says guide Ken Penrod. Some bass are hitting crankbaits at the concrete cover in the "Spoils" gravel pit. In the upper Potomac, smallmouths are showing. Try casting to rocky cover above White's Ferry.

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