Fishing report


September 14, 2001|By Candus Thomson

Fishing report

The locations

Piney Run: Largemouth bass fishing is starting to pick up, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. One- to 3-pound bass have been caught on rubber worms fished along the edge of the hydrilla beds. Topwaters are working in the mornings.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The reservoir is down about 14 feet, so the old gravel road remains the best place to launch, says guide Duke Nohe. Water is 63 degrees at 35 feet. Slow trolling a spinner hook with a night crawler at 25 feet will attract white perch.

Loch Raven Reservoir: The fishing center reports the water temperature is beginning to drop from the 80s into the upper 70s. Plastic worms - any color - cast to the edge of the grass beds will get the attention of bass in 15 to 20 feet of water. Poppers are working in the mornings and cloudy days.

Liberty Reservoir: Go early, go late to the Nicodemus Bridge, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Crappie are taking fathead minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water. Anglers continue to catch white perch on Erie Dearies or Bear Paws with a spinner blade tipped with a night crawler on the bridge or in the coves.

Susquehanna River: Smallies are taking minnows, rubber worms, crayfish, crankbaits and floating shiners on bobbers. On the Conowingo Dam catwalk, chartreuse Bass assassins and eels will do the trick for catfish. The Sassafras, Elk and Bohemia rivers are yielding catfish, with stink baits and cut bait getting the job done.

Gunpowder River: The river's been busy as people take a break from the news on the TV, says Backwater Angler owner Theaux LeGardeur. Caddis, size 16 and 18, ants in size 14 and beetles in size 12 are getting the job done. Cream midges - in sizes 16 and 18 - are coming off in the evenings. Water temperature is 66 degrees.

Middle River: 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, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Eeling is picking up on the lumps off Pooles Island, but chumming also is a good option.

Patapsco River: State fish biologist Mike Naylor says water levels are low, but fishing for smallmouth bass is great throughout the river. Fish are taking in-line spinners, crankbaits and soft plastics. Fishing very early and very late is the key to taking nice fish this time of year.

Patuxent River: Big spot 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.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission weigh station reports bass in the 1-3 pound range are hitting crankbaits, spinners, crayfish, plastic worms and minnows. Walleye are taking minnows, worms and crankbaits. Cut baits, liver, worms and minnows are catching small catfish. Worms will catch panfish around structure.

Chesapeake Bay: Chumming at The Gooses produced a limit of keeper rockfish for the party aboard Capt. Jim Brincefield's Jil Carrie. Bottom fishing at Cook's Point with razor clams, cut spot and bloodworms and jigging at Parker's Creek with Li'l Bunkers produced catches of slab spot, gray trout and snapper blues. Flounder are being caught at Point Lookout Bar and from the tunnel inside the Gas Plant to about a mile north on the 25-foot ledge line.

Eastern Shore: The Choptank River Fishing Pier reports catches of sea trout, white perch, spot and blues. Best baits are peelers, squid and bloodworms. Forget the Wicomico, fish the Pocomoke River, says guide Ken Penrod. Cast plastics and spinnerbaits to spatterdock near Shad Landing. Falling water is best. The bass in Johnson Pond and Leonards Mill Pond are still active, with anglers catching fish up to 22 inches. Cast lures into the algae or use live shiners.

Ocean City: Flounder fishing has slowed, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. But if doormats remain your target, try the East Channel just north of the U.S. 50 bridge, the bridge itself or the main channel. Live finger mullet, minnow and squid combos and shiner and squid combos work best. Surf fishermen are taking kingfish and red drum during the day and snapper blues and sand sharks at night. Offshore, white marlin are being taken near the Triple 0s and the area south of Poor Man's Canyon in 500-800 fathoms. The canyons also are the prime locations for dolphin, longfin albacore and some yellowfin tuna.

Potomac River: Water temperature in the upper river fell five degrees, says guide Ken Penrod. Plenty of smallmouths are being caught on tubes and plastic hellgrammites between Brunswick and the "fish pots" above Point of Rocks. Also try fishing from the south tip of Bald Eagle Island to the power lines and the deeper water on the Maryland side of Harrison Island. The Washington Channel dropoff near Fort McNair is yielding rockfish and largemouth bass. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits work best. The speed-restricted areas of Mattawoman Creek have been productive.

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