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Inshore **** -- Bluefish from 8 to 10 pounds have been taken ithe inlet at Ocean City on bucktails dressed with squid. The south jetty at the inlet also has turned up good catches of sea trout taken on bucktails. Drifted minnows still are turning up flounder steadily in the back bays. Some of the better places have been between buoys 10 and 13 behind Assateague Island, the Thoroughfare and Horn Island. The Ocean Pier produced flounder and blues. In the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, kingfish, blues and spot have been active.

Offshore **** -- The Washington Canyon area has been providing the bulk of the white marlin catches out of Ocean City, with seven registered last week. Dolphin and yellowfin tuna up to 50 pounds were also taken at Washington Canyon and Poor Man's Canyon, and a few bluefin tuna were taken southeast of the Delaware Light Ship. Shark fishing is still good at the Hot Dog. Head boats are taking sea bass at the wrecks.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay **** -- Trolling, chumming and casting have been working well on schools of Taylor blues, with much of the best action coming at the Middle Grounds, Hooper Straits, the Target Ship and the mouth of the Potomac as well as off Solomons. Sea trout have hitting peeler crab on the bottom in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, Kedges Straits, the Honga River and Solomons. Medium to large spot have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and virtually anywhere there is an oyster bottom.

CMiddle bay **** -- Below Poplar Island large bluefish in the 12- to 16-pound range have been hitting trolled spoons and hoses as well as Dares Beach and Parkers Creek. There also are smaller blues in the area and the schools are breaking, so casting spoons or bucktails should do well. Jumbo spot have been hitting bloodworms fished on the bottom at the Stone Rock, in the mouth of the Choptank River, Drum Point, Holland Point, in Eastern Bay and at Thomas Point. Some white perch are being taken in Eastern Bay and in the lower Choptank. Large sea trout also have been turning up at the Stone Rock.

AUpper bay **** -- White perch, catfish and bluefish, in the lower reaches of this area, are dominating the catch. Some of the best spots for perch and cats are Hart-Miller Island, Craig Hill Light, the Key Bridge, Elk River and Chester River as well as the Corsica River. Blues in the 10- to 15-pound range have been taking trolled red hoses near Love Point, but the catches are infrequent. On the Susquehanna flats, and in the Gunpowder River, Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek, largemouth bass fishing has been good, especially on the edges of the grass beds. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the grass beds in the tidal Susquehanna.

POTOMAC RIVER

Upper tidal *** -- The edges of grass beds and fallen trees have been turning up some bass, but fishing can be chancy once the sun gets high. Spinnerbaits will work well along the edges of the grass, and artificial worms will work well when cast to bridge or dock pilings. Some good white perch fishing in the creek mouths with bloodworms, and catfish can be taken from the deeper holes.

Point Lookout *** to **** -- Action continues to pick up in Cornfield Harbor, where sea trout, spot and some blues are being taken.

OTHER RIVERS

Patapsco River *** -- Try the piers of Key Bridge with bloodworms and grass shrimp for white perch and cut bait for catfish.

Patuxent *** -- White perch fishing has been good. Grass shrimp and bloodworms work well. Spot are moving in and off the river mouth, blues are a good possibility on trolled spoons and red hoses. Some sea trout taken while bottom fishing with peelers.

Magothy *** -- At the mouth of the river, white perch are in deep holes and taking on bloodworms or grass shrimp. Catfish will be in the same area, but try cut bait for them.

Susquehanna River *** -- On the flats and in the lower river, bass have moved into the grass. The river is low. Try fishing the grass beds around the islands in the river.

AChoptank River *** -- White perch and catfish at the fishing pier in Cambridge. From Denton to Greensboro, bass will be holding near wood on the high tides, when jigs will be especially successful. The lily pads also will turn up a good number of bass when fished with spinnerbaits or artificial worms.

BChester River ** -- The best fishing here still is for white perch with grass shrimp or bloodworms; catfish on cut bait.

Freshwater lakes and rivers

Deep Creek Lake *** -- Night crawlers have been turning up tTC good catches of yellow perch in six to 10 feet of water, and bluegills have been active on worms fished in five to eight feet. Smallmouth bass have been taking minnows fished in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Upper Potomac River **** -- The fishing for small-mouths remains good despite high temperatures and low water. The best fishing will be along dropoffs where the current is quick. Four-inch salty worms bounced along the bottom should work very well.

RESERVOIRS

Conowingo *** -- The water level is low in the reservoir, but fishing for small-mouths has still been good when using rattlers or crayfish imitations around rocky islands and ledges.

Liberty *** -- The Nicodemus Road area and the Route 32 bridge areas have been turning up catches of crappie in 10 to 12 feet of water. Try shad darts and small minnows. Smallmouth bass have been hitting minnows and crayfish worked along rocky dropoffs near Oakland Point and Bollinger Mill.

Loch Raven *** -- Largemouth bass have moved into the grass beds. Early and late in the day, try topwater lures over the grass and then switch to pig-n-jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water as the sun rises. Bluegills are taking night crawlers fished along the shoreline. Deep water near the Dulaney Valley Road bridge has been producing some good catches of crappie.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** -- Walleye fishing is good in Triadelphia, where night crawlers fished on the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water works well. Bass fishing in Rocky Gorge continues to be good on deep crankbaits and plastic worms.

CPrettyboy *** -- Perch fishing is good, with Beckleysville bridge a prime location, as are Georges Run and Frog Hollow. Largemouth bass have been hitting surface lures near the dam early and late in the day.

TROUT

Hunting Creek -- Sporadic caddis flies hatches. Water is very low but in good condition.

Savage River -- River is very low but clear. Caddis flies have been hatching.

Gunpowder -- Sulphurs have been hatching, as have cream midges. The river is low but in good condition.

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