Fishing report


May 24, 2002|By Candus Thomson

The locations

Piney Run: Recent cold nights have slowed down the bass, but there's plenty of other action, says Jim Gronaw at the park office. Bluegills and yellow perch are plentiful and hitting worms and minnows. Target the docks and beaver lodges. 3- to 5-pound rockfish are being caught, as well. The park is open until midnight tonight; fee, $4 per angler. The Governor's Youth Fishing Derby is 6 a.m. to noon June 1 for anglers under 16. Call 410-795-3274.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Cold nights have meant steady but not spectacular fishing, says Duke Nohe, president of the Maryland Aquatic Resources Coalition. Fish pig and jigs, jerkbaits and crankbaits on the points and ledges 12-15 feet deep.

Loch Raven Reservoir: White perch are coming on, says Ryan Ward at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. One angler this week caught 40 fish in one outing. Troll the outside of the coves. Bass are in the shallows, hitting plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Crappies are off bridge pilings and rocky areas. Entice them with shad darts tipped with minnows. Pickerel are taking shiny crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Liberty Reservoir: Psst. Fish here, especially if it's is cloudy but not rainy, which is what the weather guessers are predicting this weekend. "It's the best shoreline bass fishing, sizewise, I've ever seen," says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Smallmouths are in the 6-pound range and largemouths are around 7 pounds. Low water makes walking the shoreline easy. Best baits are rubber worms, live crawfish and spinnerbaits. Remember, it's catch and release only. Rockfish are everywhere above the Nicodemus Bridge. Pursue them early and late. Try chicken livers for smaller fish, extra large shiners for big ones. Crappies have moved from under the bridge to the points. Fish small tube jigs, Mini Mites and live minnows on bobbers. Only white perch have slowed since last week.

Susquehanna River: The Flats have been a murky mess with releases continuing from the Conowingo Dam. Post-spawn bass are moving to their summer hideaways. Anglers are slamming the white perch at the dam using bloodworms. Elk River anglers armed with clam snouts, nightcrawlers, blood worms and cut herring are catching good-sized catfish.

Gunpowder River: Water is 59 degrees, and the trout are active, says Theaux LeGardeur, owner of Backwater Angler in Monkton. Water is ankle to shin deep. Anglers are fishing dry flies all day. Sulphurs, sizes 14-16, in traditional colors and rust-colored caddis, sizes 18-20. Target the moving water.

Middle River: Carp fishing is good in Cox Creek, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Still no croakers above the Patapsco River, and reports of good bass fishing are as scarce as Judge Crater, the 1930s New York judge who simply vanished after saying he was going to the theater but also cleaned out his office, along with a lot of money. Figure on decent yellow perch, white perch and catfish action at Rocky Point Park.

Patapsco River: The river cleared quickly after the most recent rains and fishing is good, says Hank Holland at Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Some trout remain in the stocked areas, pan fish are active, and bass should perk up some as the temperatures rise into the 80s this weekend. Woolly buggers and flies with rubber legs, such as the Madam X, work well, as do standard-size bead heads. Poppers are enticing smallmouth bass. If you use spinning tackle, try small twister tails and little spinnerbaits. Try the Daniels area, the park near U.S. 1, and Sykesville near River Road (especially if you walk downstream a way).

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Catch-and-release bass fishing remains consistent at both reservoirs, says Hector Padilla of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The fish are hitting in shallow water on plastics, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and crankbaits. If you tire of that, target crappies with worms and jigs. Anglers are reporting some catches of striped bass, yellow perch and crappies, too.

Chesapeake Bay: There ought to be a "cruelty to anglers" law for last weekend's wretched weather. No locusts but plenty of wind and rain. This weekend should bring a strong showing from the black drum in the lower and middle bay. Traditionally, the area from James Island to Stone Rock is a good place to set up shop. Capt. Jim Brincefield has been taking parties down to Cove Point for rockfish action on light spinning tackle using razor clams. He caught some spot and croaker at Hoopers Island and in the Hoopers Straights on bottom rigs baited with bloodworms and peeler crabs.

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