Fishing report

Outdoors

July 26, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

Fishing report

The locations

Piney Run: Small "whacky" rigger plastic worms are your best bet to catch largemouth bass, said Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Surface plugs, 4- to 5-inch Cinco and Stik-O worms have all been successful, too. Hot spots are inside and outside edges of the hydrilla beds. David Sterner of Westminster caught a 22-inch, 4.8- pound largemouth bass. A number of citation-sized catfish were captured on cutbait and chicken liver. Rick Lawson of Sykesville reeled in a 25-inch, 6- pound channel catfish. Panfish have been taking nightcrawlers in 18 to 25 feet of water.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water temperature is 78 degrees and 68 degrees at 25 feet, said Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. Plastic worms and pig and jigs are catching bass. Early in the morning, Pop R's are the best bet.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Numerous stout bluegills have been reeled in. White perch are averaging 8 to 10 inches. Trolling a spinner hook with a night crawler in 12 to 15 feet of water works best. Plastic worms, pig and jigs, or stickbaits worked over points, stumps, and grassbeds in 15 to 20 feet of water have been catching bass.

Liberty Reservoir: The best places to fish are where there is deep water with warm temperatures. There have been various fish on the Baltimore County side of Nicodemus Bridge. Live crayfish, shiners, or chicken livers are perfect. Shoreline bass fishing continues to be strong; 10-inch power worms, crayfish, chicken liver, medium to large shiners, and crankbaits. Fishing early or late in the day from shore, Tony Torpedos, jitterbugs, or spinnerbaits (white or chartreuse) are the best bet. A few striped bass have been seen in the deep water around Snake Point and Eagle Point. Large to extra large shiners will attract them. Oakland Point is housing a variety of fish.

Susquehanna River: Fishing continues to flourish, said Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Use rubber worms and poppers to reel in rockfish and smallmouth bass. Catfish and perch are in the Elk and Northeast rivers. Cutbait and worms are best. Stripers, rockfish and a few bass are in the Flats. Poppers will do the job. Crabbing is still thriving in the Elk.

Gunpowder River: The water level increased six inches and the temperature is a refreshing 56 degrees. This makes it a little difficult for wading. Caddis is the best bet in the morning, while size 16 ants, small hoppers, and beetles are ideal for the afternoon. Local guides recommend long leaders with 6X or 7X tippet. Call Theaux LeGardeur or Rocky Cox at Backwater Angler in Monkton. (410-329-6821).

Middle River: Chumming and eeling are having success at Pooles Island, said Matt Garick at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Croakers are inhabitating the mouth of the Chester. Bloodworms, peelers and squid will do the trick. Rockfish, croakers, spots and white perch are at Love and Swan points. Trolling bucktails have been luring stripers.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Plenty of fish are being caught, said Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Largemouth bass are being caught on nightcrawler, plastic worms and crank bait in Triadelphia and Howard Duckett. Northern pike and walleye have been making appearances at Triadelphia. Hot `N' Trot bait will do the trick. Fish early and late at the fish points, underwater humps and steep rocky channel banks in 8 to 30 feet of water. Jigs and Carolina-rigged lizards are hot baits. Water temperature is 85 degrees with three feet of visibility.

Chesapeake Bay: The Gas Docks, Nuclear Climate Cliffs, remain a hot spot for striped bass in the 18- to 20-inch range. Chumming with fish and clams is effective. Crowds have been slowing fishing. The Hill is a great place to fish without the large crowds. Fish prior to slack tide. Fishing is sluggish at Franklin Manor due to the mud, but there is decent action around slack tide. Trolling for stripers is respectable around Herring Bay. Double-rigged bucktails and No. 15 and No. 17 Tony spoons are ideal. Rockfishing is prospering at the remains of the Cedar Point Lighthouse. Sassy shads, Youzri swimming plugs, bucktail and spoons are all effective. Bottom fishing for trout in the Patuxent and Chinese Mud is excellent. Fishing for flounder has stalled. Croakers have been captured in the lower Potomac.

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