Fishing report


May 25, 2001|By CANDUS THOMSON

The locations

Piney Run: Largemouth bass fishing couldn't be better, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Anglers working shallow to mid-depth with spinners and rubber worms are making great catches (and releases). The Governor's Youth Fishing Derby is June 2 for anglers 15 and younger. Entry fee $3; prizes galore. Info: 410-795-3274.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Bass are in 15-20 feet of water, says guide Duke Nohe. Surface water temperature is 68; it's 63 at 20 feet. Fish pig and jigs, jointed rebels, spinners, and crayfish. White perch are taking spinner hooks with a piece of worm.

Loch Raven Reservoir: White perch are coming on, says Ryan Ward at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. Troll the coves, especially the fishing center cove, with small spinner hooks with a piece of worm. Bass are from shore out to 15 feet. Night crawlers, plastic worms and spinners will get the job done.

Liberty Reservoir: Along the Carroll County shoreline at the Nicodemus Bridge, "you can catch white perch until your arm falls off," says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Use night crawlers and chicken livers. The water is still about 55 degrees. Rockfish should spawn in the next 10 days. An 8-pound striper was caught this week off the bridge. Extra large shiners are best bait. Carp and suckers are in the tributaries, crappies in the coves. Rainbow trout are being caught in the tributaries on Power Bait and Mepps spinners.

Susquehanna River: Bass above the Conowingo Dam are tearing up anything thrown in, say anglers who called in this week. Plastics, crayfish and small crankbaits are just some of the baits being used. White perch also are hot, hitting spoons and shad darts tipped with bloodworms. Head for the Elk, Bohemia, North East and Sassafras rivers with smelly bait for good catfish action.

Gunpowder River: The water temperature is 51 degrees at Falls Road and clarity is good, says Theaux LeGardeur, owner of Backwater Angler in Monkton. The river gets muddy below Little Falls. Fish are rising all day. Caddis, size 16, and sulphers, size 14 and 16, do the trick. Guide Nick Yowell says flesh-colored San Juan worms also are effective.

Deer Creek: The water's muddy and in the 50s, says Yowell. Woolly buggers, size 8; black caddis, size 14; and gold-stone bead-head nymphs, size 14, are the most effective right now.

Middle River: Bass fishing is hit or miss, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Post-spawn, the fish are moving to grass along Dundee and Seneca creeks. Go with spinnerbaits, tubes and Zoom French Fries. Catfish are playing hard to get, but some big ones are still there for bloodworms, peelers and herring. Horstmann expects croakers soon.

Patapsco River: Hank Holland at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville says this might be a good weekend to fish a pond or try a new spot. Rain and a sewage spill into a tributary has the Patapsco a little ragged.

Patuxent River: Good catfishing in the upper river in the morning and evening using clam snouts and chicken livers, says Ron Mayhew at C&EJs in Lothian. Catch white perch on grass shrimp. Hickory and American shad are above the Wayson's Corner bridge. Croakers are in the lower river and at the points, say the guys at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Try Point Lookout's pier for croakers and rockfish.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Crappies can be found around structure; fish worms, jigs and minnows. Bass in the 4-pound range are in 5-10 feet of water and will take crankbaits, minnows and plastic worms. Bass are catch-and-release only.

Chesapeake Bay: Trolling and chumming for stripers just isn't getting the job done right now. Bottom fishing has been hit or miss, but Capt. Jim Brincefield reports some better-than-average action around Hooper's Island. Bloodworms, squid and shrimp on bottom rigs work well. Hooper's also has seen some decent night fishing for croakers. Anglers drifting the mouth of the Magothy River with bloodworms have landed some nice white perch.

Eastern Shore: Bass have finished spawning in the ponds and moved back out to recover, says guide Gene Kane at Tochterman's in Fells Point. The spawn was terrific "with clouds and clouds of bass fry all over," he says. The topwater bite is on in the morning and evening. During the day, fish plastic worms. Grass beds are growing nicely and the lily pads are blooming as fish enter the early summer pattern.

Ocean City: Flounder fishing has slowed, but anglers are catching sea trout, shad and blues, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. Try sea trout fishing after dark at Oceanic Pier, using Got-cha plugs with a white body and red head. At Shantytown Pier, anglers are using spec rigs and double-tied twisters. The U.S. 50 bridge is the scene of good trout and stripers up to 36 inches. Go with bucktails and grubs or a 2-ounce Got-cha plug. Surf fishing remains off, but offshore party boat anglers are limiting out on sea trout.

Potomac River: In the District, anglers are catching smallmouth bass up to 20 inches on tubes at the Kennedy Center, Key Bridge and Columbia Island Marina entrance, says guide Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Limited. Largemouth bass in the river at Blue Plains, Reagan National Airport and Washington Channel are taking spinnerbaits and buzzbaits over grass cover. In the nontidal river below the 81 Bridge and the PE Dam, catfish in the 4-pound range are being reeled in on worms and cut bait.

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