Fishing report

October 27, 2006|By STAFF REPORTS

Piney Run -- The supply of largemouth bass has decreased because of the colder temperatures, according to Jim Gronaw, while anglers have been able to get channel cats of 20 to 28 inches with chicken livers. Livers and cutbait are also working to catch striped bass.

Prettyboy Reservoir -- Small and largemouth bass are still in staging areas, moving off those to feed for the winter, according to Joe Butta. The fish are moving over 20 to 30 feet of water and can be caught with plastics and crankbaits. Overall, fishing is tougher now, but the anglers are getting larger catches.

Susquehanna River -- Anglers have been able to find striped bass, walleyes and largemouth bass, according to the DNR report. The striped bass have been caught on crankbaits and live-lining baits.

Gunpowder River -- There are more fish around, according to Backwater Angler's Rocky Cox, roughly 3,500 to 4,000 from the Gunpowder Dam to Masemore, which works out to 250 pounds of trout per acre. Olives, caddis, brassies, Griffith's Gnats and parachute atoms are the best flies for catching the trout in the water, which is flowing at 26 cubic feet per second.

Patapsco River/Chesapeake Bay -- South of Pooles Island, anglers have been able to run into large striped bass that are taking small bait fish, according to the DNR report.

Ocean City -- Strong tautog fishing off the Route 50 Bridge, according to the DNR report, with anglers using sand fleas and green crab pieces. Surf anglers have been able to get small bluefish recently, using finger mullet and cut bait. Striped bass have been available for anglers fishing early morning or late evening.

Potomac River -- The DNR reports quality trout fishing in Allegany and Garrett counties, with large brown trout moving from non-fishing areas to catch-and-release areas of the North Branch. Crankbaits are luring smallmouth bass in the upper Potomac.

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