Fishing report


May 10, 2002|By Candus Thomson and Jesse Colvin

Fishing report

The locations

Piney Run: There's a wide variety of action on the lake, says Jim Gronaw at the park office. Catch-and-release bass anglers are having success with smaller plastics, such as a 4-inch ringworm. Panfish - yellow perch and "tanker" bluegills - are plentiful for the youngsters. Crappie are being caught on small minnows and small twisters tipped with maggots. Robert Bolles of Reisterstown caught a 20.2-pound, 36 1/2 -inch striper on a shiner last Thursday and two hours later caught a 24-pounder of the same length off Bud's Wharf, also on a shiner. He released both fish. Dave Kyle of Westminster won the "Slab Buster Tournament" with a 13 1/2 -inch, 1.29-pound crappie. The first session of night fishing, when the park will be open until midnight, will be May 24.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Fish the points and ledges with plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits, says Duke Nohe, president of the Maryland Aquatic Resources Coalition. Bass, in 12-15 feet of water, are averaging 2-3 pounds. Launching is still difficult; the reservoir remains down about 30 feet.

Loch Raven Reservoir: The bass are in the shallows, says Ryan Ward at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. Work them with spinnerbaits, plastics or nightcrawlers. The pickerel are along the shoreline in 5-10 feet of water; same bait as the bass. Crappie are still spawning; stick with the bridge pilings and rocky areas. Yellow perch are in Peerce's and Dead Man's coves. The center is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Liberty Reservoir: It's the best fishing in six or seven years, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Anglers are catching white perch "nonstop" from the shoreline, the largest about 15 inches, on nightcrawlers. Crappie are still spawning, and they can be caught on the points using small minnows. Dropping a line baited with extra-large shiners or chicken livers off either end of the Nicodemus Bridge will catch rockfish, some in the 18-22 pound range. Bass, 6-7 pounds, can be caught by walking the shoreline using such artificial baits as 7-9-inch power worms or crankbaits. Walleye are abundant; go with medium shiners on split shot jigged off the bottom.

Susquehanna River: White perch are everywhere on the river; use grass shrimp, shad darts and bloodworms. Post-spawn bass are skinny and scattered. In the Northeast River, work the marinas and piers with tubes and plastics. You may run across some hickory shad, as well. At North East town park, anglers are enticing largemouth bass with nightcrawlers. The Sassafras has some bass action; try crankbaits during a falling tide. For catfish, try the Turkey Point and Port Deposit areas using bloodworms and nightcrawlers.

Gunpowder River: The water is clear and low and the temperature at Falls Road is 58 degrees, says Rocky Cox at Backwater Angler in Monkton. Sulphur hatches are steady "and getting pretty thick" in late afternoon. In the morning, it's caddis time. There's no significant spinner fall yet. Cox suggests 10-12 feet of leader, with 6X or 7X tippet.

Middle River: Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway reports that catfish and bass are the best bet right now. Try rattle traps and spinnerbaits with the bass. The catfish are biting on clam snouts, nightcrawlers and peelers. One angler called to say it's worth your time to try the grass beds on the Dundee. Horstman agrees and also recommends the Gunpowder, where you'll find white perch, in addition to the bass and catfish. Try bloodworms and grass shrimp with the perch. Go after white perch and catfish in high tidal flows. Bass are more likely to be caught in the mornings, evenings and on overcast days. They don't like the sun, he says.

Patapsco River: The word from the Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville is that fishing is pretty steady right now. Trout can be found in three places: Ellicott City up to the Route 40 bridge or Johnnycake Road downstream to the Interstate 70 bridge or Daniels Dam downstream to the Mulch Factory. Brown, rainbow and the occasional smallmouth trout are biting. Try nabbing them underwater with lures like woolly buggers or beadheads. Success with the smallmouths will improve as the water warms. One angler reported a hefty, 18-inch brown trout catch. Overall, the DNR stock is reportedly better than last year's.

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