Fishing Report

September 29, 2006|By Staff Reports

Piney Run -- Fall fishing tournament Oct. 7 from 6 a.m. to noon, with $300 going to the largest legal tiger musky. Jim Gronaw reports of some largemouth bass caught by anglers using senkos. Some channel cats are being caught on chicken livers and cut baits.

Prettyboy Reservoir -- According to Joe Butta, the window for bass is relatively small, with anglers needing to catch the fish as they move from deep structuring to the shallower water for feeding. This is usually in the early mornings or late evenings, using crankbaits, plastics or jigs. Otherwise, it's possible to catch white perch trolling on spinners or night crawlers. Overall, the water temperatures are in the low 70s, with the level down 7 feet from last week.

Liberty Reservoir -- Doug Geis of Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle predicts an increase for the area around Nicodemus Bridge, with fish starting to move that way. Crappie blue gill and smallmouth bass are already doing well, while Geis anticipates the arrival of small rockfish.

Gunpowder River -- Theaux LeGardeur of Backwater Angler reports that tricos and caddis are doing well. The river flow seems to be fairly low, but that should change when the workers finish electroshocking it.

Patapsco River -- Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons reports that stripers and blue fish are the main catches for anglers. Jigging baits have worked, as well as some light trolling on tandem rigs and some live-lining using small perch and spot. The fish have been better near larger structures, where it's possible to get catfish and perch.

Chesapeake Bay -- Tochterman reports no real change. Stripers are being caught on Pooles Island on surface baits. Spot and perch are being caught at Kent Narrows on bloodworms and fish bites.

Ocean City -- Heavy winds hampered flounder catches for anglers, according to Sue Foster's online report at Oyster Bay Tackle. It was possible to get some snapper blues and on clearer days, tautog and stripers on the surf, while sea bass were better offshore.

Potomac River -- In general, it's been easier to find bass throughout the river as water temperatures drop, according to Ken Penrod's online report. Lander, Pentagon Lagoon, Washington Channel, mouth of Bolling AFB and Blue Plains have all been good places for anglers.

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