Fishing report

August 09, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

The locations

Piney Run: The edges of hydrilla beds and deep points are hot spots. Small plastics, topwater lures or large double-blade spinnerbaits are ideal. Chicken livers are the best bet for catching catfish in the 3- to 5-pound range. Trevor Reese of Manchester caught a 26-inch, 5.4-pound catfish. Bass fishing has been solid using topwaters. Lacy Reaver of Sykesville caught a 5.3-pound, 19.5-inch largemouth bass this week. For boat anglers, anchor outside the hydrilla beds and place the bait on the bottom, close to the weeds.

Prettyboy Reservoir: The water temperature is 85 degrees at the surface and 64 degrees at 25 feet. Because of the low water level, launching a trailerable boat is a gamble, says Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. For white perch, use spinner hooks with a worm. Bass fishing has been adequate. Crankbaits, plastic worms, surface lures and pig and jigs are all hot baits.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Many plump bluegills have been captured. Use plastic worms, pig and jigs or stickbaits for bass. Fishing over points, stumps and grass beds in 10 to 20 feet of water has been productive. White perch have been averaging 8 to 10 inches. Trolling a spinner hook with a nightcrawler in 12 to 15 feet of water is ideal.

Liberty Reservoir: Shoreline bass fishing remains stable. Use medium to large shiners, Tony Torpedos, chicken liver, crankbaits, Jitterbugs, crayfish, spinnerbaits (white or chartreuse) or 10-inch power worms. White perch have been spotted in 22 feet of water. Local tackle shops sell Liberty maps.

Susquehanna River: Fishing should be picking up since the weather cooled, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Rockfish are flourishing in the Flats. Catfish and perch fishing is decent. Croakers and spots are all plentiful in the Elk River at Turkey Point. Nightcrawlers, bloodworms and squid are ideal. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are abundant above the Conowingo Dam. Medium to large shiners, crankbaits and plastic worms work best. In the mornings and evenings, use poppers.

Gunpowder River: Water temperature remains 57 degrees. DNR biologists stocked 550 4- to 5-inch fingerlings above Falls Road. Streamers are very successful in this area. Several 10- to 15-inch rainbow trout and large brown trout have been reeled in. Local anglers suggest caddis, ants in size 18-20 and size 16 beetles with a 12 foot 6X or 7X tippet.

Patapsco River: With water is clear and very low, Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville advises exploring some deep holes. Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass, sunfish and an occasional trout. Wooley and crystal buggers and streamer flies are ideal. For the best success in the evenings, use poppers.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Triadelphia Reservoir has decreased approximately 15 feet. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleyes and bluegills are plentiful. Points, underwater humps and steep rocky channel banks in 8 to 30 feet of water are prime spots. Jigs and Carolina-rigged lizards are top baits.

Chesapeake Bay: In the tributaries, smallmouth and a few largemouth bass were captured in the grass beds and around structures. Mr. Twisters, tubes and buzzbaits are ideal. For stripers, use poppers and 5-inch Bass Assassins. Travel below Conowingo Dam for the best striper action when Exelon is generating. At Pooles Island, use eels for striped bass up to 32 inches long. Bottom bouncing traditional lures at Tolchester will attract stripers and bluefish up to 25 inches. Rodney Brown of Chestertown caught a 16-pound, 36-inch bluefish. Chumming for croakers has been somewhat successful. White perch, small croakers and large spot have been caught from most hard bottom areas. Squid, nightcrawlers and bloodworms will do the trick. Crabbing continues to be good in the Elk and Bohemia Rivers. In the Bush, Gunpowder, Middle and Back rivers, crabbing has slowed.

Ocean City: Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle says there are many flounder releases, some croakers and reasonable night fishing. Surf fishing is inconsistent, with bites from a few croakers, bluefish, weakfish, kingfish and sharks. Cutbait, bloodworms and squid strips will get the job done. Nighttime fishing for weakfish remains slow at the U.S. 50 bridge, where a few keeper stripers have been reported. Croakers should be picking up soon. The best places to find them is at the Thorofare, and the Route 90 bridge and Piers. Offshore, billfish have been dominant. The 27th annual White Marlin Open ends today. Tuna fishing is hit or miss. Anglers have been fishing at the Parking Lot, Hot Dog, Massey's Canyon and Lumpy Bottom with success. Dolphin catches have been decent. Wreck fishing for seabass, triggerfish and spadefish remained solid.

Potomac River: Increased flow at Whites Ferry and Lander have moved bass into the bulky grass beds. Buzzbaits, soft plastic jerk baits or weightless plastic worms in the grass cover will do the trick. To attract large bass, cast 4-inch green Pumpkin Mizmo tubes into rocky cover near water stargrass. The white miller hatch has begun. Anglers are tossing a variety of topwater lures in hopes to "match the hatch." Cast off the ledges downriver in Hales Pond using Mizmo tubes, Case Majic Sticks and topwater lures. Largemouth bass and an occasional rockfish are being captured in the Washington Channel grass beds, Columbia Island Marina entrance and fuel dock pilings. The water temperature is approximately 85 degrees. In the Woodrow Wilson Bridge area, the main river grass between Fox Ferry Point and Blue Plains are bountiful. Spinnerbaits are best. In the Belle Haven Marina area, fish the Island points, dropoffs and underwater humps and grass. Pomonkey Creek remains productive.

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