Fishing report


Piney Run -- Jim Gronaw at the park office reports 16 largemouth bass coming in between 18 and 20 inches. With the high temperatures, he recommends fishing in the early morning using plastic worms, spinner baits or top-water lures. Channel catfish in the 4- to 7-pound range are still taking chicken livers and cut bait. Earl Smith won last week's Lunar Lunker II Tournament with a 3.88-pound bass off a nightcrawler.

Loch Raven Reservoir -- Anglers should use top-water lures or rubber worms to draw bass out of the weed beds. Fish early in the morning. White perch are still very active, taking the traditional nightcrawler on a spinner hook.

Liberty Reservoir -- For white perch, Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle said, "The closer to the boat ramp, the better off you are." In the early morning and late evening, anglers are having luck catching bass off shiners and crank baits by the Nicodemus bridge.

Susquehanna River -- Although it is an odd time of year for walleye, anglers are catching them near the Conowingo dam, according to captain Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Fish 5-inch, white Bass Assassins or 4-inch, white Sassy Shads on jig heads near the bottom for the walleye. Anglers are also catching stripers in the Flats using top-water plugs, Benjamin said.

Gunpowder River -- "The fish are coming out of the water after beetles and ants," said Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler in Monkton. In the early morning, anglers are having success on elk-hair caddis, 18-20, LeGardeur says; as the day goes on switch to ants, 16-18 and beetles 12-14. Use a 10- to 12- foot 6X leader. Water in the catch and release section is running at 58 degrees.

Patapsco River -- Debris still exists as a hazard for cruising anglers, according to Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons, but improved conditions are expected. Temperatures in the 80s are also making fishing into a hot or cold affair, with Tochterman advising early mornings or late evenings. Around the Key Bridge, live lining is working to get white perch, of which there are plenty. Jigging Lures also work around the bridge or other structures.

Middle River -- Jerry Sersen of Reel Perfection reports of slowing down in action, thanks to increasing temperatures that he said reached 87 degrees at Pooles Island and northward. Despite that, rockfish are available to anglers trolling and chumming, using small bucktails.

Chesapeake Bay -- Tochterman reports that he'd never seen so much white perch and catfish in the bay and rivers, and he expects the fish to improve with cooler temperatures. In Choptank River, people are finding Norfolk spot, and croaker fish in Tangiers Island have less of a presence because of more freshwater fish, as opposed to the saltier water they prefer.

Potomac River -- LeGardeur says that water in the Savage River is clear for fly fishing for trout, with pheasant tails working as bait throughout the day. Elsewhere, fishermen have been finding largemouth and smallmouth bass on main lake points and grass lines, according to the Department of Natural Resources, recommending water lures and spinnerbaits.

Ocean City -- Near the Ocean City Inlet, tautog and sheepshead have been plentiful for anglers using shad-type lures or bucktails, according to the DNR report. Offshore, trolling boats were able to find yellowfin and bluefin tuna, along with dolphin, from Hot Dog to the Poorman's Canyon.

From staff reports

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