Fishing report


July 19, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

The locations

Piney Run: Bass fishing remains superb, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. "Cinco" and "stik-o" worms in the 4-5 inch variety will do the trick. Edges of the hydrilla beds remain hot spots, especially during daybreak and dusk. Catfish can be caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Several 3- to 6-pound catfish were caught using chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Yellow perch are being reeled in using nightcrawlers and small crankbaits. The Fall Fishing Tournament will be held Oct. 12. Information: 410-795-3427.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water is down 32 feet, says Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. The water is 78 degrees and remains 68 degrees at 25 feet. Launching is more challenging because of the water level. Nohe and Joe Butta of Baltimore caught 23 smallmouth bass and one largemouth bass between them this week. Plasticworms, jitterbugs, surface plugs, and crankbaits are the best bet for bass. Trolling and a spinner/nightcrawler combination will attract white perch.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Everyone's catching a lot of white perch, says Kevin McComas at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. A spinner hook with a piece of nightcrawler is ideal. Peerce's Cove is the new hot spot. Largemouths are still in the weed beds; use worms and spinnerbaits. The water is clear but down about 5 feet.

Liberty Reservoir: The water has dropped almost 20 feet. Bass fishing has been productive along the shoreline. Medium to large shiners, crayfish, chicken liver, crankbaits, and 10-inch power worms are the best bet. At the Nicodemus Bridge, bluegills and crappies are being captured on flathead minnows, mini mites, and maggots.

Susquehanna River: Stripped bass are flourishing in the Flats, says Capt. Mike Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Benjamin and his son caught about 40 on Monday using surface poppers and spoons. Peak times for bass are early or late in the day. Crabs continue to be plentiful in the Elk and Bohemia rivers. Smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna are hitting any artificial bait. Catfish and white perch are swimming steadily in the Elk and Northeast.

Gunpowder River: The water's up 3 inches and remains clear, says Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton. The water temperature is 59 degrees. Terrestrials have taken over for sulphurs for the season. Parachute ants, size 16-18 ants, No. 18 Griffith's gnats, beetles and small hoppers will all work. In the evening, use Nos. 20 and 22 caddis for best results. Masemore Road is alive with brown trout.

Middle River: Chumming and eeling are pulling in rockfish around Pooles Island, says Matt Garick at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. For best results, fish early or late. Rockfish, croakers, spots and white perch continue to thrive at Love and Swan Points. Drifting, bloodworms and squid are perfect for spot and croaker. Crabbing has slowed.

Patapsco River: Every trout stream is low from lack of rain, says Howard Wode at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Smallmouths are being caught using PK40, woolly and crystal buggers.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Both reservoirs have plenty of largemouth and smallmouth bass, says Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Channel catfish are being hooked with spinner bait in Triadelphia. Jigs, shad colored crankbaits, and Carolina-rigged plastics will work. Water temperature is 80 degrees with 3 feet of visibility. A few catfish are being captured with jigs. For walleyes, use live worms, minnows, crankbaits, or jigs.

Chesapeake Bay: "It doesn't get much better than this," says Terry Thompson at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Croakers, spot, flounder, rockfish, blues, and Spanish mackerel are all bountiful. For bottom fishing, use bloodworms and squid and live minnows for flounder. Hot spots for spot are at the mouth of the Patuxent River, Solomon's Island bridge, Lake Conoy, and Cornfield Harbor. Above Point Patience, white perch and spot are being reeled in using clam snouts, bloodworms, peeler crab and shrimp. Continue to cast lures early in the morning and late in the evening at the Gas Docks, Nuclear Climate Cliffs and almost anywhere around structure and shorelines.

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