Fishing report

September 01, 2006|By STAFF REPORTS

Prettyboy Reservoir -- Joe Butta reports conditions are about the same -- water still between 80 and 82 degrees, 20 to 25 feet off the ledges, with the water levels still dropping.

Loch Raven Reservoir -- Kevin McComas of the Loch Raven Fishing Center reports of largemouth bass and white perch found in the weeds. Anglers are using rubber worms and jigs. The water's down about 4 feet, but McComas is curious to see how much the rain will affect things.

Patapsco River -- John Stelmack of Tochterman and Sons reports that rockfish, white perch and bluefish are producing the best results for anglers, with live-lining, nightcrawlers and cut bait used for luring the respective fish. Areas near Key Bridge, Fort McHenry, off Stony Creek and Bear Creek bring the most successful results.

Chesapeake Bay -- Stelmack reports of rockfish caught on light tandem rigs, as well as vertical jigging using sting silvers. Trolling with surgical hoses worked for bluefish. There are lots of breaking fish to be found, and Spanish mackerel are coming into the area, though that might change with strong rains expected to mar clear waters.

Gunpowder River -- In his online report, Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler writes of water moving at a slow 32 cubic feet per second, though the low water temperature (high 50s) should help. Fishing upstream is recommended, trying bead head nymphs and small streamers.

Ocean City -- Flounder still doing well, according to Sue Foster in her online report for Oyster Bay Tackle. Surf anglers can find more snapper blues, some kingfish, and on some days a good number of spot.

Potomac River -- Rain might cure what ails angling on the river -- mostly thick grasses that impede boating in areas like Lander, according to Ken Penrod's online guide. Anglers have been able to catch a few upriver from the launch, along the Maryland side of Harrison Island.

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