Fishing report


August 30, 2002|By Kevin Washington

The locations

Piney Run: Jim Gronaw at the park office says boaters fishing early and late are catching fair numbers of 1- to 3-pound largemouth bass with plastic worms near the edge of the hydrilla weed line. But bank fisherman won't be able to get their lures out past the hydrilla. A state Department of Natural Resources fish-trap survey has discovered 10- to 12-inch redear sunfish, known as shellcrackers, in 15 to 20 feet of water. The next night fishing event is 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 6.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition says about 60 yards of mud between the launching area and the water is keeping boaters - even canoeists - from launching for a fishing trip. If you can find a good bank spot, you should get white perch with night crawlers and small shiners.

Loch Raven Reservoir: With the water down so low and the weather so hot, anglers have had to go deep to catch fish, says John Forbes at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. But a night crawler on a spinner hook is the ticket to lots of white perch and smallmouth bass. Spinner baits and soft plastics also are catching smallmouth. The rains this week may change things.

Liberty Reservoir: This week's rain has dropped the water temperature and brought fish closer to shore, said Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Night crawlers and small fathead minnows fished on the bottom are rewarding anglers with crappies in the evenings on the Nicodemus Bridge. Walking the shoreline and tossing live crawfish is helping bring in largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few rockfish are showing up Snake, Oakland and Eagle points and in deeper areas, mid-lake.

Susquehanna River: Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East says the Flats offer fine rockfish fishing in 2-4 feet of water; Bass Assassins and top-water plugs. Largemouths are showing up in the same general areas and along grass beds. White perch and catfish are hitting bloodworms, night crawlers and cut baits fished on the bottom. Crabbing has been good on the Elk and Bohemia rivers.

Gunpowder River: The drought has led authorities to increase the water coming out of Prettyboy Reservoir, raising the river about a foot higher than most people are used to seeing and giving it a funky green color, says Rocky Cox at Backwater Angler in Monkton. That's been good for the trout fishing. Streamers, terrestrials and nymphs are all working. And caddis imitations are a good bet in the morning. On the downside, the temperature of the water has risen from 56 to 68 degrees in the past two weeks and could go higher without more rain helping to fill the reservoirs.

Middle River: Dundee Creek, Seneca Creek, Saltpeter and the Gunpowder River have been wonderful for largemouth bass. Thinning grass has largemouth bass heading for cover at docks, where they're more easily caught, says Matt Garick at The Fishing Shop on Pulaski Highway. At a tournament Saturday, he said he caught 11 1/2 pounds of largemouths from one dock. Jigs, worms and stickbaits are your best bets.

Patapsco River: Despite the drought, the river has been fishing pretty well recently in pools where fish are concentrated, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Hank says try poppers with a beadhead nymph on a dropper line under the popper for smallmouth bass and panfish. This week's rain could muddy the river a bit until Sunday.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam, says largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, night crawlers, crawfish and plastic worms. Don't be surprised if your live or cut bait catches a channel catfish or two.

Chesapeake Bay: Bluefish are breaking the surface and rockfish are feeding under them from Pooles Island down to the bay bridge. Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons in Fells Point says rain should reduce the salt content a bit and lower the temperature just enough to make fish more active, especially on the surface. Trollers are using surgical tubing, small bucktails and No. 15 Tony Accetta spoons for rockfish and bluefish. George Thompson at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park says spots, croakers and bluefish are all over the place. Bluefish are breaking the surface and can be caught with spoons and topwater plugs at the mouth of the Patuxent in the evenings. Spots and croakers are showing up under the Solomon's Bridge and at the nearby Navy base, as well as on ledges in 20 to 50 feet of water at the mouths of the Patuxent and Potomac rivers, with St. George's Island being a hot spot. Cornfield Harbor has been a good spot for flounder.

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