Fishing report


May 17, 2002|By Kevin Washington

The locations

Piney Run: People fishing from the docks are catching bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, rockfish and tiger muskie. Loren Lustig at the park office says one Rockville man got a 38.5-inch muskie and two days later caught a big rockfish. Jim Gronaw at the park office says artificial habitats close to the piers are attracting fish, and the fishing should be good until the hydrilla grows thick. Rockfish are taking live shiner minnows and liver. Panfish are taking worms.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics fished around points and ledges are producing black bass, although low water makes boat launching a bit difficult. Rattletraps also are working in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Large and smallmouth bass are taking plugs, pig-n-jigs and rubber worms, says John Forbes at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. The past four or five days have seen a lot of species become active. White perch are taking small spinners with a bit of night crawler on the hook, and yellow perch and bluegill are taking minnows and worms. Crappie fishing is still sporadic but will get better over time.

Liberty Reservoir: Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle says fishing continues to be the best in years, thanks to the low lake levels. Some shore-bound anglers are even out-fishing those in boats. At Snake Point, Eagle Point and in the upper parts of the lake, people are catching and releasing big bass on pig-n-jigs and live shiners, freelined. Walleye can be caught on medium-size shiners on points on cloudy days. Rockfish from 18 to 20 inches are taking livers and live shiners, freelined, on points north of the Nicodemus bridge.

Susquehanna River: All the rain in Pennsylvania has made the river high and muddy. Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East says that if you're fishing for perch with bait such as bloodworms, you'll do well. But lure fishing will have to wait for the water to clear. Shad and herring fishing will pretty much end by next week. If you want to catch catfish, though, you should head to the Elk River, where clam snouts, night crawlers, blood worms and cut herring will bring you some big ones.

Gunpowder River: The sulphur hatch is in full swing and "sulphur city" is between Masemore and Big Falls roads. Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton says size 14 sulphurs are a good bet in the late afternoons for dry fly action. Elk hair caddis in sizes 18 and 20 are good all day, as well. Early morning fishing requires size 16 pheasant-tail nymphs. Although the 59-degree water is low and clear, the fish are less spooky, because leaves have filled out on the trees creating shadow areas for fish to hide in and feel safe.

Middle River: Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway says plastic lizards, rattletraps, spinnerbaits, jigs and tubes will catch largemouth bass that have begun to spawn and are more aggressive right now. But they aren't the only fish around the area. Yellow perch are taking bull minnows, grass shrimp and little twister tails; white perch will hit shrimp, blood worms and peeler crabs, and catfish won't pass up bloodworms, peelers, herring, night crawlers and clam snouts.

Patapsco River: The rains earlier this week didn't do much damage to the Patapsco; it's fishing surprisingly well, says Hank Holland at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Fly fishers will do well with all-purpose flies like the wooly bugger. On three successive casts, you might get three successive fish. Trout are holding over nicely from the stockings, and smallmouth bass and lots of different panfish species have become active. You may even want to try something with rubber legs, like the Madame X, in the Daniels Dam area or near River Road in Sykesville - just make sure you walk away from Route 32 to get to the better fishing.

Chesapeake Bay: The winds and threat of bad weather have kept a lot of boats tied up to the local docks of late, says Capt. Jim Brincefield at Anglers Sport Center. But once the wind dies down and the weatherman offers up good news, boaters should head to the mouths of the major rivers in the bay. Croakers are thick in the river mouths and happy to hit bloodworms. While you can troll for rockfish, you won't dig up too many. People chumming at the river mouths are getting smaller rock but also catching a variety of other fish. According to Clyde's Sport Shop, people are reporting scattered catches of rock at Thomas Point Light, Bloody Light and the Bay Bridge. Croakers have found their way to the Choptank River fishing pier in Cambridge.

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