Fishing Report

September 22, 2006|By Staff Reports

Prettyboy Reservoir -- Joe Butta describes the bass as lethargic, with the recent cold front driving them down to 25-35 feet, suspended over deep water. White perch can still be found on trolling spinners and night crawlers.

Liberty Reservoir -- Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle reports that rockfish are starting to come up the reservoir. For now, blue gills, crappies and walleye are plentiful for anglers using small worms and night crawlers near the Nicodemus Bridge.

Susquehenna River -- Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop reports that rockfish near Susquehanna flats are being caught on live bait and top water. Bass near the North East River also are caught on top water. Crabbing is going well in the Elk River, and catfish are good everywhere.

Chesapeake Bay/Patapsco River -- Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons notes decent fishing for stripers and expects it to improve as water temperatures dip below the 70s. Anglers are trolling, jigging, or using top-water baits for the stripers, while fish bites and blow worms are working for perch and spot.

Potomac River -- According to, anglers have been able to catch bass throughout the river, as well as stripers. Crankbaits have worked well for the stripers, while top-water baits and floating stick baits have worked for bass at some points.

Ocean City -- Bluefish worked best for surf anglers when the weather allowed, according to Oyster Bay Tackle's online site, with mullet rigs as the key lures. Tautog and sea bass have been catchable offshore, though flounder slowed down.

Gunpowder River -- Water temperatures are in the mid-50s, with a flow at 120-150 cubic feet per second, according to Backwater Angler's online site. Anglers using streamers have been able to catch larger trout, in the 14-18-inch range.

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