Fishing report


July 12, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

The locations

Piney Run: Bass are hitting large rubber worms, double-blade spinnerbaits, and "wacky" worms, says Bud Henkel at the park office. Fish in the shallows early morning or late evening. Bluegills and crappies are beginning to appear. Small nightcrawlers, jitterbugs and tiny poppers will do the trick. The piers and the edge of the hydrillas continue to be hot. Claudia Davis Burn of Owings Mills caught a 38-inch tiger musky that weighed 12 pounds.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water is down 32 feet, says Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. The water is 83 degrees and 68 degrees at 25 feet. Bass are biting in the deep waters. Nohe and Joe Butta of Baltimore caught 15 smallmouth and largemouth bass between them last week on pig jigs, plastic worms, service plugs, and tiny torpedoes. Nohe caught two largemouth bass - one 6 1/2 pounds, 22 inches, the other 5 pounds, 21 inches.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Many white perch have been caught on spinners and nightcrawlers says, Kevin McComas at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. They can still be found in the mouth of all the big coves. Anglers continue to reel in largemouth bass. Crayfish, rubber worms and spinners are ideal. Weed beds at all the points continue to contain fish.

Liberty Reservoir: Crappies, bluegills, white perch and bass can be found near the Nicodemus Bridge shoreline, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Nightcrawlers, crayfish, medium shiners and small flathead minnows will work. Anglers have been catching 3 1/2 - to-5 pound largemouth bass on poppers, jitterbugs and spinners. A few walleyes have been caught in shallow water; try lures and medium shiners.

Susquehanna River: Crabs are flourishing on the Elk river, says Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Many rockfish are on the flats. Benjamin and his son caught about 40 over the weekend. Striped bass can be caught by the dam. Early morning and late evenings are preferable. Catfish and perch are in the Elk and Northeast rivers. Susquehanna Electric has adjusted the hours of operation for Fisherman's Park. The Conowingo Dam location is open from 6 a.m. to 8: p.m.

Gunpowder River: Water is low and clear, 59 degrees, says Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton. Sulfers size 18 and 20, caddis 18 and 20, ants size 16, parachute ants, small hoppers, and beetles are still the best bets. Fishing above Falls road is quite good.

Middle River: The heat has slowed bass fishing, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Fish early in the morning or late in the evening at Rock Point for white perch and a few rockfish. Love and Swan points are alive with rockfish, croakers and white perch, as well as spots. Chumming and trolling are best for bass; drifting, bloodworms and squid are ideal for spot and croaker. "There are still plenty of fish out there," said Horstman. "Don't stop fishing."

Patapsco River: The water is low and a little muddy, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville, but should clear by the weekend. Smallmouth bass and panfish can be found anywhere along the river. Occasional trout have been caught in the Daniels area and in Sykesville. Streamer flies and Mickey Finns will work best. Anglers fishing in the evenings have been doing very well.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Largemouth and smallmouth bass are in both reservoirs, says Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Nightcrawlers and crankbaits are best. The water temperature has been as high as 83 degrees with visibility 3 feet. A few catfish have been caught on jigs. Several anglers have caught walleyes in Rocky Gorge on minnows and chicken livers.

Chesapeake Bay: Fishing is really jumping, says George Thompson at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Spots are beginning to make an appearance around Towncreek Pier. Snapper blues are abundant near the natural-gas docks and Scientists' Cliffs. Hardheads and rockfish are plentiful in the Patuxent's mouth. Many anglers are reeling in 30-inch rockfish on bloodworms and squid. Stripers also are being captured on eels at Pooles Island. Bloodworms, cutbait, clam snouts, and chicken liver have been snagging catfish in the upper bay. Anglers are trolling for bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the lower Chesapeake.

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