Fishing report

Outdoors

April 27, 2001|By Candus Thomson

The recreational flounder season will be closed for 13 days this summer, and the size limits for ocean and Chesapeake Bay catches will increase under revised regulations released by the Department of Natural Resources.

The new rules, which take effect immediately and run through the end of the year, close the season beginning July 25 through Aug. 6.

The minimum size for the Atlantic Ocean, its coastal bays and tributaries has increased one inch to 17 inches. Flounder caught in the Bay and its tributaries must be at least 17 inches long, an increase of 1 1/2 inches.

The new regulations will bring Maryland into compliance with recommendations from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Chesapeake Bay Summer Flounder Management Plan to help increase the spawning stock.

The locations

Piney Run: "The is an excellent crappie year for us, substantially better than last year," said park manager Loren Lutig. The fish are clearly visible lingering near the brush and near downed trees. Use small minnows, hair jigs and flashy spoons. Large slab bluegills are taking worms. A 35 1/2 -inch tiger muskie was caught and released last weekend. Angler Joe Bruce, fishing a sinking fly about 20 feet from shore, was catching one after another in Nature Center Cove. Bass action is starting as the fish move into 2-3 feet of water near the Nature Center pier.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water is 54 degrees and visibility 10 feet. "The weather has put us about a month behind," said guide Duke Nohe. The bass are just starting to cruise and are sitting from the shoreline out to about 18 feet. Plastic worms, crankbaits and pig and jigs work. Last week, Joe Butta caught a 5 1/2 -pound largemouth along a rock ledge at the lower end of the reservoir on a crankbait.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Crappie have started spawning in the coves; minnows and shad darts are best bait, said Ryan Ward at the fishing center. Bass are hitting plastic worms and spinner bait and "there are tons of pickerel," he said. A 30-inch, 9-pound pike was caught on crankbait earlier this week.

Liberty Reservoir: White perch as big as 15 inches are being caught on shad darts at the Route 140 railroad bridge, Bollinger Mill and Murray Road. The fish are in 5 feet of water.

Susquehanna River: Striper fishing on the flats has been sporadic, said Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Fish are hitting topwater surface lures in the late evening. White perch are being caught in the river on shad darts tipped with bloodworms. Anglers also are having some luck around Turkey Point, Red Point and Elk Neck State Park. If you're looking for catfish, try those same three spots and use shrimp, clam snouts or bloodworms. Hickory shad fishing remains excellent; shad darts and Tony Accetta spoons are working. For largemouth bass, go to the North East, Elk, Bohemia or Sassafras rivers and bring along spinner baits.

Gunpowder River: Water temperature is in the mid- to low-50s, with little discoloring. Woolly buggers, blue-winged olives and stone fly nymphs are best bets. Hickory shad fishing remains good near the Route 40 bridge; small spoons and shad darts work well. The upper and lower river each received a stocking of 2,500 trout last week and will receive one more spring stocking the week of May 6.

Patapsco River: Go to the end of Daniels Road and fish the river from the green bridge down to Route 70, said Howard Wode at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Take along some woolly buggers, PK 40s and Joe's Crystal Buggers. "The Patapsco doesn't have a super hatch. It may be coming off and you don't even know it. Don't match the size, match the color," he advised. Also try in-line spinners, worms and Powerbait. DNR will conduct the last of its spring stocking at Avalon (2,000 trout) and Daniels (1,000) next week, bringing the total to 6,000 at Avalon and 7,250 at Daniels.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Hit the shallow water for excellent bass fishing; minnows, worms and crankbaits best bait. Downed trees and beaver lodges are the best place to find crappie.

Patuxent River: The croaker are in from Point Lookout to Solomons Island, said Terry Thompson at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Fish the shoreline with bloodworms and squid. Fishing is slow on the upper river, say the guys at C&EJs in Lothian. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers and shrimp and a few white and yellow perch remain.

Chesapeake Bay: In the middle bay, Capt. Jim Brincefield is catching his limit each day at the Old Gas Buoy, just east of Deale in 35-50 feet along the edge of the western fishing channel. He's fishing 4 oz. and 6 oz. white and chartreuse bucktails trimmed with white and chartreuse Sassy Shads. In the lower bay, anglers are catching their limit of trophy stripers in the shipping channel on umbrella rigs. On the Eastern Shore, try Hooper's Island Light. Also on the Eastern Shore, croaker fishing is good; Deale Island is a best bet.

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