Fishing report


September 07, 2001|By CANDUS THOMSON

The locations

Piney Run: Catfish are dominant, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Fish chicken livers, minnows or nightcrawlers at 18-30 feet to catch 3-7-pound kitties. "Tanker" bluegills or huge yellow perch may like the same deep-water techniques. Trout will be stocked in early October, so keep those days open.

Prettyboy Reservoir: With water beginning to cool, bass are 27-32 feet deep, says guide Duke Nohe. Surface plugs work best in the morning and evening, but try Pop Rs and Baby Torpedoes, too. Worms will get some nice-sized bluegills. It's still best to launch from the old gravel road.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Bass remain near the grass beds, say Loch Raven Fishing Center managers. Cast plastic worms in 15-20 feet of water, and don't be surprised if you land a pickerel. Use poppers in the morning. White perch are schooling in the coves; entice them by dragging a spinner hook baited with a nightcrawler.

Liberty Reservoir: The two best months of fishing are just beginning, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Anglers on the Nicodemus Bridge are getting crappies in the evening on small fathead minnows, white perch on nightcrawlers, and a few rockfish on large shiners and chicken livers. Along the shore, smallmouth bass, 3 1/2 to 5 pounds, are being caught on live crayfish, surface lures and pig and jigs.

Susquehanna River: Catfish action is up; smallmouth is down. Ideal spots for the smallies are the Northeast River pilings and seawalls are ideal for the smallies, using crankbaits and tubes. Use cut bait and stink baits off the Conowingo Dam catwalk for catfish. Fish eels and big shiners for rockfish. Cats also are in the Elk, Bohemia and Sassafras rivers.

Gunpowder River: "The kids are back in school, boat traffic is down - it's a good time to fish," says Backwater Angler owner Theaux LeGardeur. Use ants, sizes 14 and 16, and caddis, sizes 18 and 18. The water is clear, at 63 degrees, and it's about hip-deep at Masemore.

Middle River: Where isn't the fishing good, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway, with water clearing, cooling and filled with "tons and tons" of bait. Anglers trolling little bucktails and Rat-L-Traps are catching rockfish and 3-4 pound blues in Middle River, with the Bush River's mouth another good place. Eeling is picking up on the lumps off Pooles Island, but chumming also is a good option. Live lining white perch off Maxwell Point is rewarding, if you can get your bait past the bluefish. The same is true for bass anglers working the tributaries, where 8-inch blues are feeding. "I predict things are only going to get better," Horstman says.

Patapsco River: Larger smallmouths are waking up and starting to feed for fall, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Anyplace you can get access, from Sykesville downstream, is worth a visit. Woolly buggers and crystal buggers will do the trick. There's a small evening hatch, size 8 and 10. Rockfish hanging in channel edges near the Inner Harbor are hitting trolled chartreuse and white bucktails. In the Inner Harbor, anglers are reporting breaking blues and smallish rockfish. They're on the move, so you're on your own. At Key Bridge, anglers are reporting trout, white perch and spots.

Patuxent River: Big spots are on the Chinese Mud at the river mouth, says Ken Lamb at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Scoot a little farther out, and flounder are at the Cove Point dropoffs. In the upper river, drift-fishing bull minnows in the evenings near Jug Bay will get you good-size catfish, says Ron Mayhew at C&EJs in Lothian. The bucketmouth bass have started their fall feeding above Hills Bridge and can be enticed with spinnerbaits. Also around the bridge, anglers are catching 20-inch rockfish on jumbo live shiners.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Walleye fishing has turned on, with crankbaits and minnows producing nice catches, say Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officers. Bass up to 3 pounds are hitting plastic worms, crayfish and crankbaits.

Chesapeake Bay: Chumming at The Gooses is rockfish heaven, says Capt. Jim Brincefield, and bottom-fishing with bloodworms, razor clams and cut spot at Cook's Point won't disappoint, either. The Middle Grounds after dark is great for croakers, trout, blues, rockfish and an occasional cobia. Live-lining spot at the Gas Docks yields stripers up to 40 inches. Rockfish around the pilings of the Bay Bridge are taking eels and bucktails. Chum for rockfish around Rock Hall, Swan Point, Love Point and Hickory Thicket. In the shallows of Eastern Bay, near points and rocks, small bucktails and plastics are coaxing rockfish to bite. Flounders are there, too, deeper.

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