Fishing report


October 05, 2001|By Candus Thomson

The locations

Piney Run: You can still register for tonight's Full Moon Frenzy Night Bass Fishing Tournament from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call 410-795-3274. Largemouth bass are hitting live baits and artificial lures.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Fish can be found 17-30 feet down, says guide Duke Nohe. Fish the humps, rock ledges, long gravel bars for large- and smallmouth bass.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Slow dragging a spinner hook tipped with a nightcrawler around the buoy in front of the Fishing Center will draw white perch. Bass, 5-15 feet down, are taking spinnerbaits, plastic worms and shiners.

Liberty Reservoir: Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and medium shiners in drop-offs above Nicodemus Bridge to Murray Road. Nine- to 10-inch crappie have been hitting small fathead minnows at Nicodemus Bridge. Big white perch around the points and coves like nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Shoreline anglers are taking smallmouths on crayfish and surface lures 6-10 feet down.

Susquehanna River: Stripers at Conowingo Dam are hitting just about anything - eels, shiners, Bass Assassins, spoons. At Lapidum Landing, rockfish can be enticed by trolling surgical tubing tipped with bloodworm; poppers have hooked a few 28-inch-plus stripers.

Gunpowder River: There's a trico hatch in the morning, olives in the afternoon and caddis in the evening, says Blackwater Angler owner Theaux LeGardeur.

Middle River: Troll the river mouths for rockfish with sea trout mixed in. Anglers around Joppatown using smoke grubs are catching nice-size bass.

Patapsco River: Tossing little poppers will pull smallmouth bass, bluegills and rock bass. Walking above the Daniels dam, where the water is fast, will yield nice fish.

Patuxent River: Some huge spot are still around the river's mouth, says Ken Lamb at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Try bloodworms at the three-legged marker (No. 3). Rockfish are on all the points. Troll a Tony Acetta spoon, size 14 or 15.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: For bass, work fallen wood along the shoreline with buzzbaits and plastic worms, especially at Rocky Gorge. Husky muskies like buzzbaits, too.

Chesapeake Bay: Chumming and live lining spot at the Cove Point pier and at The Gooses is hooking blues and striped bass, says Capt. Jim Brincefield. Fish are schooling up and breaking on moving cities of bait fish.

Eastern Shore: Anglers at the Choptank River Fishing Pier report modest success with weakfish and snapper blues.

Ocean City: Sea trout are appearing in the bays' deeper holes, says Sue Foster, owner of Oyster Bay Tackle. Best baits are live alewives, live finger mullet or peelers.

Potomac River: In the upper river, deeper water above and below the launch at Landers is holding fish; target the grass with green pumpkin and red pumpkin lures, 4-inch black worms or James River hellgramites.

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