Fishing report


May 11, 2001|By Candus Thomson

The locations

Piney Run: Largemouth bass are active, with fish up to 6 pounds being hooked on plastic worms and lizards, said Jim Gronaw at the park. Dark colors work best. Charlie Wallace of Westminster caught and released a fat, 22-inch bass on his ultralight gear. Structure around the pier is harboring big fish, and the beaver lodges "are fishing magnets," Gronow says. Big bluegills, or "tankers," are hitting redworms and wet flies. Crappies are taking small minnows. Robert Shugars of Union Bridge got a 13 1/4 -inch crappie.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water temperature is 64 degrees at the surface and 58 degrees at 15 feet. The fish have moved off the beds and into that first 15 feet of water, says guide Duke Nohe. His fishing buddy, Joe Butta, caught a 5 1/4 -pound largemouth Tuesday. Crankbaits, jointed Rebels, surface plugs and pigs and jigs will do the job.

Loch Raven Reservoir: You can fish the shoreline for bass using plastic worms or crankbaits, says Bill Caudill at the fishing center. The crappies have moved from the shallow water to 20-25 feet. Waxworms and minnows hooked on shad darts have done well. Angers are trolling the mouths of the coves for white perch. Pickerel are hitting crankbaits and spinners.

Liberty Reservoir: Gilbert Edwards of Westminster caught a 15-inch trout and a good-sized white perch Wednesday morning off the Nicodemus Bridge. Most anglers on the bridge were fishing with nightcrawlers. The shoreline between the bridge and the third pull-off along Deer Park Road on the Carroll County side is the scene of some excellent bass fishing, says angler George Tyler. Worms and plastics are doing the job. Remember to release those bass.

Susquehanna River: Small shad darts and spoons are bringing in nice catches of white shad and herring, said Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Smallmouth bass are taking live shiners, spinners and small crankbaits. Anglers are having success with white perch while bottom fishing with bloodworms and shad darts tipped with bloodworms. If large catfish are your goal, try the Elk River. The Elk, Bohemia and Northeast rivers are also producing good-size largemouth bass. Use plastic worms and lizards, live bait and small crankbaits.

Gunpowder River: The water, low and clear, is 56 degrees at Falls Road. Theaux LeGardeur, owner of Backwater Angler in Monkton, says anglers are having great success fishing the riffles. Sulphers are just starting to hatch. He suggests double-rig nymphing from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a bead head in front and an unweighted nymph in the back; sizes 14 and 16. Evening fishing also has been good. Adams parachutes, sizes 16 and 18, and streamers, sizes 10 and 12, are best.

Middle River: Anglers are catching "a ton of catfish" in Saltpeter, Seneca, and Dundee creeks and the Bird and Gunpowder Rivers, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Frozen peelers, herring and clam snouts are best bait. Bass fishing is improving as the fish get more aggressive and chase bait. Fish shallow with spinner baits and Rat-L-Traps.

Patapsco River: The river's been fishing pretty good, say the folks at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. A 36-inch water main break in Relay muddied the water some, but things are getting better. Try olive and black woolly buggers, B-damsels, PK40s and Joe's crystal bugger - all in size 8 and 10. State biologist Mike Naylor says the water level is dropping at the Daniels area, making fishing a little tougher. He suggests in-line spinners and small crankbaits in addition to bait. Striper action in the Inner Harbor won't pick up for another month.

Patuxent River: Ed Johnson at C&EJs in Lothian says catfish and white perch are in the upper river, with bloodworms and grass shrimp the best baits. Rockfish (catch-and-release) are making an appearance now. Stick with bloodworms. In the lower river, anglers are catching hardheads on squid and bloodworms.

Tridelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Crappie fishing is anything but, say anglers working the shoreline structure with worms and minnows. The bass are in the shallows, spawning. Crankbaits, plastics and minnows are best bait.

Chesapeake Bay: Capt. Jim Brincefield says fishing conditions were excellent trolling south from Calvert Cliffs to Cove Point. The water temperature, already at 65 degrees, should rise a bit more with the weather predicted today and tomorrow. White and chartreuse Prime Time bucktails - 4 ounce and 6 ounce -- trimmed with white and chartreuse Sassy Shads did the trick. The new flounder regulations don't seem to be slowing anglers around Jane's Island State Park. Squid and minnows are best bait. Croaker are as far north as the Bay Bridge. Large hardhead, puppy drum, and weakfish are making a strong showing around Crisfield. Blues are biting sporadically and mostly at night. Shore anglers at Point Lookout State Park are having no trouble catching croakers on bloodworms, squid and shrimp.

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