Fishing report

The Kickoff


Piney Run -- Anglers are catching "impressive channel catfish" according to Jim Gronaw at the park office, including a 14.7-pound fish caught and released off a live nightcrawler. Ron Brown of Sykesville won the Lucky 7 Catfish Tournament on July 7 bringing in a 9.08-pound fish. Senko worms and plastic salamanders are working well for 4- to 5-pound largemouth bass; anglers can also try deep-diving crank baits. The Lunar Lunker II bass tournament is today from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call 410.795.5165 to register.

Loch Raven Reservoir -- Nightcrawlers on a spinner hook are still the best bait for white perch, which anglers can find anywhere in the channel. Weed beds have reached the surface throughout the reservoir, so use surface lures for bass.

Liberty Reservoir -- Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle recommends fishing red wigglers and nightcrawlers on the bottom along the mudlines below the Nicodemus bridge for white perch. Shorelines have remained high but anglers have had success catching bass off shiners and surface lures.

Susquehanna River -- Anglers should fish shiners in the upper rivers for bass according to Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East.

Gunpowder River -- "Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton recommends Japanese beetles and caddis off long leaders, 12-14 feet, with a tippet of 7X. "The fish have been very active in the mornings," he says, noting that anglers have had success on small bead-head nymphs in the 16-18 range early in the day. Water temperature in the catch-and-release section is between 57-59 degrees and is at 115 CFS.

Middle River -- Very similar to last week, starring largemouth bass, says Jerry Sersen of Reel Perfection. The only difference would be that the bay is clearing dramatically, allowing fish to move up in the bay toward Pooles Island and Shallow Shoals.

Patapsco River -- Catfish, perch and rockfish are recent favorites, with crabbing going well as well. Nightcrawlers and fishbites work for perch, livers and gizzards for catfish, and small whitefish for crabs, according to John Stelmack of Tochterman and Sons. Water temperature runs in the mid 70s.

Chesapeake Bay -- Water clarity is improving. Rockfish is best for anglers, with chumming as the best bait for that.

Ocean City -- Fishbites and bloodworms helped anglers to catch kingfish and Norfolk spot on an enlivened Ocean City surf, where striped bass, bluefish and croakers could also be found.

Potomac River -- According to the Department of Natural Resources report, smallmouth bass can be found at Deep Creek Lake during the evening and early morning, while it's best to get the largemouth bass during the day. Rigged plastic worms or casting tubes work for the largemouths, while tubes and jigs are best for the smallmouths.

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