Fishing report


August 16, 2002|By Mary Beth Kozak

The locations

Piney Run: Using small plastic worms will intrigue largemouth bass in the 3-pound range, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Fish near the hydrilla beds for the optimum results. Jessica Lintner of Reisterstown reeled in a 3-pound, 17-inch largemouth bass on a 5-inch Sinko worm.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Prettyboy Reservoir is down 34.48 feet, so launching a trailerable boat continues to be chancy. Plastic worms, surface lures, crankbaits and pig and jigs are solid options. White perch have been reeled in using a spinner hook and worm.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Water has lowered 7.33 feet. At Peerce's Cove, white perch have been spotted. Troll a spinner hook with a nightcrawler in 12 to 15 feet of water. Many anglers have been catching bass with plastic worms, pig and jigs or stickbaits worked over points, stumps and grassbeds in 10 to 20 feet of water. There have also been numerous bluegills.

Liberty Reservoir: Down 22.79 feet. Shoreline bass fishing remains solid. Anglers should continue to use medium to large shiners, crayfish, chicken liver, crankbaits and 10-inch power worms, Tony Torpedos, Jitterbugs, or spinnerbaits (white or chartreuse) for best results. At Snake Point, white perch have been flourishing. Some crappies and catfish are in the Nicodemus Bridge area. Small fathead minnows, Mini Mites or shad darts will attract crappies. For catfish, use minnows and liver.

Susquehanna River: Smallmouth bass and a few largemouths are present. Try small Mr. Twisters, 3- to 4-inch tubes, large shiners, crayfish and crankbaits fished around structure, deep holes and grassbeds. Below the Conowingo Dam, a number of stripers have been reeled in on Storm Shads and Bass Assassins. Fish late in the day for the best results.

Gunpowder River: The water temperature is 66 degrees at Falls Road. The flow in the river will be up 25 percent. The water will be high and muddy, therefore, it will be tough to wade, says Theaux LeGardeur at Backwater Angler in Monkton. Trout in the 10- to 14-inch range have been plentiful. Above Masemore Road, local guides advise fishing streamers and wooly buggers in the evening, and tricos in the morning joined with a 12-foot 6X or 7X tippet.

Middle River: Rockfish and white perch are at Pooles Island, says Matt Garick at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Use top-water surface lures in the mornings for rockfish. Drifting eels for stripers north of Pooles Island has been fair, but catches have been between 24 and 32 inches. Anglers have been chumming alewives at Love and Swan Points. Mitch Rock of Sparks caught and released a 16-inch striper at Love Point. Croakers are in the mouth of the Chester. Peelers and snails are ideal. Largemouth basses can be found in the Dundee grasses.

Patapsco River: The water remains low and clear, but the fishing is surprisingly good for smallmouth and sunfish, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Poppers are the best bait due to the thin water.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Striped bass and largemouth bass have been steady in the Rocky Gorge reservoir, says Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Spinner baits and worms work best. In Triadelphia, channel catfish can be caught on crankbaits. Smallmouth bass and bluegills remain plentiful in both reservoirs. Triadelphia Reservoir has decreased approximately 12 feet. The water temperature is 84 degrees.

Chesapeake Bay: Striped bass fishing is OK. Drifting eels for stripers in the 24- and 32-inch range north of Pooles Island works, with chumming drawing some croakers, but not enough to pursue. Breaking snapper bluefish are being found throughout the bay, with hotspots including Bodkin Point, Hodges Bar and Seven-Foot Knoll. White perch flourish on most hard bottoms. Squid, nightcrawlers, crab and bloodworms are ideal. Small numbers of spots have been caught off the hard bottom areas in the Bay and Magothy River. Quite a few small stripers have moved into the gas docks off Calvert County.

Ocean City: This week has been very kind to anglers, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Surf anglers have been reeling in croakers, bluefish, weakfish and sharks. Cutbaits, bloodworms and squid strips are best for catching them. Flounder season resumed Monday. There have been numerous throwback flounders. Use squid and minnows. From the U.S. 50 bridge and inlet, some legal stripers were caught. Use live eels for stripers. Croakers are sprinkled throughout the back bays. Bluefish have also been caught off the piers, U.S. 50 bridge and inlet. The white marlin bite has been strong. Some have been captured at the Washington Canyon almost to the Norfolk Canyon. Several anglers started at the 461 bump, then progressed south. Yellowfin tuna are thriving at the Lumpy Bottom and Hot Dog near the 30 Fathom line. Bluefin tuna have been seen at Massey's Canyon, Hambone and Tea Cup.

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