Fishing report

July 07, 2006|By KATIE CARRERA

Piney Run -- "Largemouth bass are in overdrive," said Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Bass are not only hugging the outer edges of the hydrilla beds but are also in the open water; fish rubber and Senko worms along with other soft plastics. Roger Bolles of Owings Mills caught two largemouth bass more than 20 inches long by trolling live yellow perch. Lustig said the catfish population is going strong, taking nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Today is the Lucky 7 Big Catfish tournament from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call 410-795-5165 to register.

Loch Raven Reservoir -- White perch are in season for the rest of the summer and all throughout the reservoir; use a nightcrawler on a spinner hook. There are a lot of bass in the grass beds. Fish where the water starts to drop off along the beds using plastic worms and crank baits to bring them out of the weeds.

Liberty Reservoir -- According to Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle, you'll find white perch taking small red wigglers by the boat ramp and the Nicodemus bridge.

Susquehanna River -- "The river's as muddy as it can get," said Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Perch and catfish are being caught on bloodworms and cutbait, respectively, throughout the day, but action has been generally slow. Bass can be found in the river tops, which are the only clear water areas.

Gunpowder River -- "Shin to knee-high clear water at 56 degrees in the catch and release section has made for great trout fishing" said Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton. He recommends small caddis flies, sizes 18-22, along with pheasant-tail nymphs, grasshopper and ant patterns. Trout are biting in the early morning and anglers are also having success after afternoon thundershowers. LeGardeur said the largest catch of the season, a massive trout, ranging between 28 and 32 inches took a size 18 pheasant tail on Monday.

Middle River -- From Love Point to Hodges Bar things are hopping, according to Jerry Sersen of Reel Perfection. Anglers, chumming and trolling are still getting largemouth bass.

Patapsco River -- Anglers are finding catfish and rockfish, with perch in some spots, according to John Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons. Small bucktails, small spoons and trolling light tandem rigs are the bait of choice.

Ocean City -- Anglers caught flounder more often during the week than on weekends, something that Oyster Bay Tackle's Sue Foster attributes to heavy boat traffic. Foster also describes Ocean City surf as "hit or miss" - stripers, kingfish, sand sharks. Squid and shiners work on flounder. Bloodworms work on kingfish.

Potomac River -- Bass bring success to anglers using Magic Sticks, according to Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited, who reports that Mattawoman Creek is the best location. In the Upper Potomac, water levels are rebounding after heavy rains last week, with minnows attracting attention from smallmouth bass.

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