Fishing report


August 02, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

Fishing report

The locations

Piney Run: Whiskerfish are being reeled in on cut bait and chicken livers, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. The best time to fish is midday. Largemouth bass in the 1 1/2 to 3-pound range are being caught on Spit N Image, jitterbug and Pop R. Try slow trolling for perch and big bluegills. A hot spot is the outside the hydrilla beds.

Loch Raven Reservoir: The water level has dropped more than 6 feet. Fishing remains stable. Trolling a spinner hook with a night crawler in 12 to 15 feet of water will lure white perch. Numerous of large bluegills have been reeled in. Fish for bass in the deep water. Fish pig and jigs, stickbaits and plastic worms.

Liberty Reservoir: The water has plummeted 21.19 feet. Fish are prospering in deep water with warm temperatures. Best time to fish is early and late in the day. A buffet of fish can be found on the Baltimore County side of Nicodemus Bridge. Shiners, live crayfish, and chicken livers will all do the trick. Shoreline bass fishing continues to thrive. Tony Torpedos, Jitterbugs, spinnerbaits (white or chartreuse), medium to large shiners, crayfish, chicken liver, crankbaits, and 10-inch power worms have been successful.

Susquehanna River: White perch and catfish can be hooked in the Elk, Northeast and Bohemian Rivers, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Smallmouth and a few largemouth bass have been caught in the Susquehanna River using small Mr. Twisters. Use poppers and 5-inch Bass Assassins with no weight to reel in striped bass and a few largemouth bass or smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna Flats. Crabbing in the Bohemian and Elk River remains consistent.

Gunpowder River: The water is clear and remains 57 degrees. Above Masemore Road, irregular sulphur hatches have been occurring in the evenings. Local guides agree that long leaders (12 feet) with 6X tippet are ideal. A 9-foot leader is not as efficient. Caddis and terrestrials (ants, small hoppers, and beetles) are the best bet. Many anglers found success by joining a caddis with a pheasant tail or brassie dropper.

Middle River: Drifting eels around Poole's Island will produce rockfish, says David Williams of The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Crabbing remains stable in the Elk River. Bass fishing has slowed. At Swan and Love Points, anglers are chumming rockfish.

Patapsco River: "The water is as low as I've ever seen it," says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Anglers must be careful not to spook the fish due to the low water. Respectable smallmouth bass, sunfish and an occasional trout are being caught. Poppers, rubber leg poppers, crystal and wooley buggers will do the trick. Holland encourages anglers to explore the river to find new spots to fish.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Plenty of large and small mouth bass are still in both reservoirs, says Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Triadelphia has decreased 10 feet and Rocky Gorge, 6 feet. Walleye have been flourishing at Triadelphia. Spinnerbaits will do the trick. Worms and crayfish have been enticing channel catfish. Hot baits are jigs and Carolina-rigged lizards. Fish early and late to fish points, underwater humps, and steep rocky channel banks in 8 to 30 feet of water.

Chesapeake Bay: In the Upper Bay, fishing has been decent for catfish, bass, and striped bass. Clam snouts, shrimp, stink baits, bloodworms, nightcrawlers, minnows, and crayfish are effective. Fishing in deep holes will snag striped bass. The Patuxent River has been housing bluefish in the channel. The average weight of the bluefish has been 1 to 2 pounds. Several 20-23-inch striped bass have been caught. Trolling hoses, spoons, and bucktails are all successful. Red hoses are ideal for stripers. Chumming works best for bluefish. Look for a few Spanish mackerel in the breakers.

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