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THE BALTIMORE SUN

**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR

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Inshore *** Bluefish, kingfish and spot are in the surf. Tautog, sea trout and blues from 1 to 3 pounds have been turning up in the inlets. In the back bays and the Thoroughfare, flounder fishing has been good with drifted minnows.

Offshore *** According to Tom Arthur of the Blue Marlin Tackle Company in Ocean City, marlin fishing has slowed a little, but there still are quite a few catches being made near Washington and Poor Man's canyons from the 50- to 500-fathom lines. A couple of yellowfin tuna of more than 60 pounds also were brought in this week from Baltimore and Poor Man's canyons. Poor Man's turned up a 100-pound bluefin tuna on Wednesday. False albacore are being taken from the Hot Dog, and dolphin in the 30- to 40-pound range still may be found near the buoys. In the three- to six-mile range offshore, sea trout and Spanish mackerel are being taken near the reefs.

, *CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay *** Harold Griffith at Sandy's Place in Crisfield says that in the Tangier area, there are large numbers of jumbo spot and sea trout, which now are mainly in the 10- to 14-inch range. In the shallows -- Griffith says in as little as two feet of water -- speckled trout are hitting well in the evenings. Sea trout, spot and speckled trout are taking peeler baits and bloodworms. There are good numbers of 1 1/2 -pound blues around, too. Sea-trout fishing is good from Crisfield Harbor up to Hooper Straits, across to the Middle Grounds and Cornfield Harbor. Spot may be found in the same locations, with croaker mixed in. Fishing for jumbo spot is good up into the Honga River, too. Schools of bluefish still are scattered throughout the lower bay, with some of the fish weighing around 5 pounds. Flounder fishing has been good over rocky bottoms in Tangier Sound, Hooper Straits and the mouth of the Potomac River. Bluefish from 2 to 4 pounds have been reported throughout the area from Point No Point, east across the bay to Tangier Sound and southwest into the mouth of the Potomac. The Honga River, Stone Rock and Hoopers Island Light areas have been turning up small sea trout on peeler crab fished on the bottom. Drifted minnows fished on the moving tides have worked well for flounder in Cornfield Harbor, the Honga River, Tangier Sound and St. Jerome's Creek. Also in Cornfield Harbor, there is a nice run of puppy drum.

Middle bay *** Bluefish angling is very good, with Spanismackerel mixed with the schools of blues, according to Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Many of the blues breaking on the surface are from 13 inches to 1 pound, but beneath the top fish, there are plenty of 1- to 3-pounders. If you are trolling for Spanish mackerel, Lamb says try a Clark spoon and troll about twice the speed for blues. Speckled trout are turning up while trolling around the rocks near Cedar Point. Flounder catches still are good at Cedar Point Rip, but most of the flounder are undersized at 10-12 inches. Near the mouth of the Choptank River, at Bloody Point, the fishing reef off Franklin Point and the Cedar Point reef, spot and croaker catches have been good while using bloodworms. Spanish mackerel have been taken off Poplar Island as well. Large spot and croakers have been active at the mouth of Eastern Bay, Cedar Point and Hacketts Point. Occasional black drum are showing at the Stone Rock.

Upper bay *** Bluefish from 1 to 4 pounds have moved towarthe Tolchester area on the Eastern Shore and the Key Bridge on the western shore. North of the Bay Bridge, white perch have been abundant in the mouths of the Chester, Magothy, Gunpowder and Susquehanna rivers, among others, including Stoney Creek and Bodkin Creek. Grass shrimp have been the best bait for perch, and trolling, casting and bottom fishing work for the schools of blues. Large spot are in the upper bay, especially near the oyster bars or underwater obstructions at Swan Point, Love Point and Belvedere Shoal. Catfish are scattered in deep holes throughout the region. Dave Blazer of the Department of Natural Resources says that bass fishing has picked up in the upper bay the past week. Try top-water lures early or late in the day and worms fished in thick cover during the bright hours. Some of the better tidal largemouth bass

fishing has been in the Bush, Middle and Susquehanna rivers, and in Dundee Creek.

, *POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal *** Largemouth bass have been hitting plastic worms and crayfish around the grass beds. Catfish still hitting in the deeper holes.

Point Lookout **** Still one of the hottest spots around. There arbluefish, sea trout, some speckled trout, flounder and spot. At the fishing pier at Point Lookout State Park and inside the mouth of the Potomac, there are plenty of small blues and a number of others from 1 to 3 pounds. Mixed in with the blues in the river are striped bass up to 20 pounds, which still must be released if they are hooked. At the fishing pier and from St. Jerome's Creek around to Cornfield Harbor, there are plenty of spot and flounder.

+ *OTHER RIVERS Choptank *** At the river mouth, there are bluefish, spot, croaker, Spanish mackerel and flounder. At the pier in Cambridge, a few smaller bluefish, white perch, catfish, spot and an occasional small trout. Crabbing there is excellent, as it is almost everywhere.

Patuxent **** From the lighthouse to below the light at Cedar Point, schools of small blues are breaking often on the surface. But beneath the breaking schools of small fish, 1- to 3-pounders can be found. Spanish mackerel are mixed in. Inside the mouth of the river, there are pockets of croaker, which have been hitting in the evening on bloodworms or peeler crab fished on the bottom. Big spot are mixed in. Croaker can be had up the river to Hawks' Nest. Black drum, including one weighed in at 53 pounds, are being taken sporadically in the river.

Magothy ** White perch and catfish, with an occasional foray of blues into the river mouth.

Severn ** White perch and catfish are the best catches in the river above the mouth, but schools of blues, when the tide is at flood, have been running in toward Greenbury Point. A few small blues have been landed at the old Severn River bridge. Around Tolly Point, small spot and croaker are hitting bloodworms near the rocks.

Susquehanna ** Below the Conowingo Dam, crayfish and minnows are turning up a few smallmouth bass, but catfish have been the main catch this week. Downriver, white perch are there for the asking, and largemouth bass fishing reportedly is picking up early and late in the day.

:. *Freshwater lakes and rivers Deep Creek Lake *** Night crawlers drifted in 10 to 16 feet of water have been turning up good catches of walleye. Yellow perch have been taking the same bait fished in half as much water.

Upper Potomac River (fresh) *** Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up along the upper river. Crayfish or imitations fished in -- deep holes have been working well.

' *RESERVOIRS

Liberty *** Near Locust Run and Snake Point, white bucktails have been turning up striped bass. In coves and near the Route 32 bridge, minnows on shad darts have been taking crappie.

Loch Raven *** Yellow perch have been taking jigged minnows along the grass beds, and white perch and crappie have been active near the Dulaney Valley Road bridge and Pierce's Cove.

Prettyboy *** White perch seems to be the best catch here. Try small minnows or clam snouts near the new bridge.

Piney Run *** Shore fishermen have been doing well on catfish by using chicken livers or peeler crab. Dark spinnerbaits have been turning up bass near the dam. Night crawlers have been attracting bluegills.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** Crayfish, chicken livers and peeler crab have been turning up catfish from the banks. Crayfish fished early and late in the day have been turning up largemouth bass in the 20-inch range.

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EASTERN SHORE RIVERS Upper Chester River * Some white perch and catfish. The bes fishing, however, is down toward the mouth of the river.

Upper Choptank ** White perch and catfish have been a hit-or-miss proposition in the reaches of the river above the fishing pier at Cambridge. Bass fishing from the Tuckahoe upriver to Denton has been sporadic and is best early and late in the day.

TROUT

Gunpowder River -- The river is in good condition, and underwater lures have been working well.

Hunting Creek -- Streamers and nymphs have been working well. Water is clear and flow rate is good.

Savage River -- Brown flies and spinners have been working well. Water level has been high and clear.

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