Fishing report

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May 31, 2002|By Candus Thomson

The locations

Piney Run: Warm weather means bluegills are starting to nest and spawn, says Jim Gronaw at the park office. Worms and mealworms are the best bait. Yellow perch, in the 10-12 inch range, are dockside, taking small minnows and worms. Crappies are hitting small minnows. Largemouth bass are mostly off the beds. A few 4- to 5-pound fish were caught last week on small plastics. The Governor's Youth Fishing Derby is 6 a.m. to noon tomorrow for anglers under 16. The entry fee is $3.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Fish pig and jigs, jerkbaits and crankbaits 12 to 15 feet down, says Duke Nohe, president of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. Target points and ledges. Launching remains tricky but doable.

Loch Raven Reservoir: White perch are jumping the boats. "You'd better take a stick out with you to be safe," jokes Ryan Ward at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. Fish are 20-30 feet offshore, 15 to 20 feet down. Troll a spinner hook with a nightcrawler. Crappies are in the middle of the coves in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fish a shad dart/minnow combo. Pickerel and bass are 10 to 15 feet down. Plastic worms and spinner baits work best.

Liberty Reservoir: Bass fishing continues to be excellent, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Put on some polarized sunglasses and walk the shoreline. Use 6-inch to 9-inch plastic worms. Beau Graves, 5, of Upperco caught and released a largemouth bass in excess of 5 pounds Saturday fishing a 9-inch plastic worm from the shoreline above the Nicodemus Bridge. Anglers casting early and late in the day are catching crappie from the Nicodemus Bridge. Fat-head minnows and Mini Mites are best baits. White perch are taking nightcrawlers fished on top.

Susquehanna River: There's good white perch fishing at Conowingo Dam. Fish bloodworms, small twisters and shad darts. Catfishing on the Bohemia River is going great guns. Anglers working structure and the islands with crankbaits and tubes are finding the smallmouth bass. For largemouth bass, try the Northeast River docks or Townhouse Cove.

Gunpowder River: There's still an afternoon sulphur hatch, size 14-16, between 2 and 5 o'clock. Caddis, size 18-20, are hatching all day. Fish the pools. Hip waders are still OK.

Middle River: The water's clear with lots of grass, which makes for some decent fishing this weekend, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Dundee Creek has been a real bassin' hot bed. Try Bush River or Back Creek as an alternative. Cast white spinnerbaits to grass edges or use small plastic lizards, worms and tubes. Striped bass fishing opens tomorrow everywhere on the bay and its tributaries. Chances are the troll bite will be better than the chumming bite. Fish the entire water column, starting shallow early and going deeper as the sun rises higher. Try trolling at the tail end of another angler's chum line.

Patapsco River: If muddy conditions of earlier this week made you gloomy, cheer up as the water clears up, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Smallmouth bass are active, and a number of stocked trout remain. Woolly buggers, small poppers, small twister tails and little spinnerbaits are effective. If the water is slightly off-color, try a colorful streamer such as a Mickey Finn. Try the Daniels area, the bridge near Old Frederick Road and downstream from River Road in Sykesville.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Most of the fish checked at the Brighton Dam station were crappie, says Officer Hector Padilla of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Crankbaits, jigs and minnows are best baits. A 23-inch carp was caught Monday at Rocky Gorge on a nightcrawler. Catch-and-release bass fishing continues to be steady. Cast spinnerbaits close to shore. White and yellow perch are plentiful; worms best bait.

Chesapeake Bay: Warmer water is arriving just in time for the start of rockfish season in the entire bay and its tributaries tomorrow. There's excellent white perch action on the oyster bars off Rock Hall. Bottom fish with peelers and bloodworms. Striped bass anglers have noted good catches both trolling and chumming. Capt. Jim Brincefield has reported good fishing at Cove Point with razor clams from standard chumming rigs. Other good chumming locations are The Hill, Buoy 72A, Swan Point and Love Point. For trollers, 6-inch white and chartreuse sassy shads still continue to do the trick. Target Bloody Point and the waters off Chesapeake Beach. Croaker action has picked up at Point Lookout State Park, Breezy Point, the Gooses, the Solomons bridge. Squid, peelers and bloodworms are best baits. Flounder fishing is improving, with reports of catches at Point Lookout. We're still waiting to hear of some decent black drum sightings - maybe this weekend.

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