THE FISHING REPORT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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

Salt water

OCEAN

Inshore **** -- Night fishing for sea trout has been good at the Ocean and Oceanic piers while using squid as bait. Spot have been taking bloodworms during the day. Surf fishermen at North Ocean City and Assateague have been taking dusky sharks, kingfish and spot. Flounder fishing has been good in the back bays on drifted minnows from behind Assateague, the Thoroughfare, the Route 50 bridge, Horn Island and near buoy 3.

Offshore **** -- Several white marlin were taken near Washington Canyon, and blue marlin have been turning up occasionally at Wilmington Canyon. Spanish and king mackerel have been active at the Jackspot and the 20-fathom line. Shark fishing has been good, with an 11-foot, 857-pound mako taken Friday at Poorman's Canyon. Dolphin and yellowfin tuna also have been active in Washington and Poorman's canyons.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay **** -- Trolling, chumming and casting continue to work well on schools of bluefish from 1 to 5 pounds, with the best action coming at the Middle Grounds, Hooper Straits, the Target Ship, Cedar Point, Tangier Sound and the mouth of the Potomac, as well as off Solomons. Sea trout have been hitting peeler crab on the bottom more frequently in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, Kedges Straits, Potomac River, the Middle Grounds, the Honga River and Solomons. Look for oyster bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Large spot and smallish croaker have been taking bloodworms in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor and almost anywhere there is an oyster bottom. Spanish mackerel catches have been picking up off Smith Point in Virginia waters.

Middle bay **** -- Below Poplar Island, scattered schools of bluefish in the 2- to 4-pound range -- with occasional catches of blues up to 15 pounds -- have been breaking on the surface and moving fast. Look for swirling birds close to the surface to locate the schools and then try casting spoons and bucktails. Good locations for blues have been the Stone Rock, Mud Leads, Parkers Creek and the Gooses. From Stone Rock into the Choptank River, large sea trout and spike trout have been taking peelers fished on the bottom at night. Jumbo spot have been hitting bloodworms fished on the bottom 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.

Upper bay **** -- White perch, catfish and bluefish, in the lower reaches of this area, are dominating the catch. The Department of Natural Resources reports that bluefish over 10 pounds have been showing up between Love Point and Swann Point. Some of the best spots for perch and cats are Hart-Miller Island, Craig Hill Light, the Key Bridge, Belevedere Shoal, Fairlee Creek, Elk River and Chester River as well as the Corsica River. On the Susquehanna flats, and in the Gunpowder River, Dundee Creek and Saltpeter Creek, largemouth bass fishing has been slow, with the best bets artificial worms on bright days and spinnerbaits or buzzbaits on cloudy days.

POTOMAC RIVER

Upper tidal *** -- The edges of grass beds and fallen trees continue to turn up some bass, but fishing slows as the day gets brighter. Spinnerbaits will work well along the edges of the grass or over it in deeper water, and artificial worms will work well when cast to bridge or dock pilings. Catfish can be taken from the deeper holes or the channel edges with clam snouts or dead shiners.

Point Lookout **** -- Sea trout, spot, smallish croaker and some blues are being taken from Cornfield harbor around the point.

OTHER RIVERS

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

Patuxent *** -- Spot are moving in and off the river mouth, blues are a good possibility on trolled spoons and red hoses. Sea trout catches are picking up, especially on peelers fished at night.

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

Susquehanna *** -- In the lower river, bass have been taking minnows and topwater lures early and late in the day around islands, bridge pilings and piers.

Choptank *** -- 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 lilly pads also will turn up a good number of bass when fished with spinnerbaits or artificial worms.

Chester *** -- 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 good catches of yellow perch in 6 to 10 feet of water, and bluegills have been active on worms fished in 5 to 8 feet. Smallmouth bass have been taking drifted minnows in about 15 feet of water.

Upper Potomac River **** -- Despite high temperatures, fishing for smallmouths remains good. The best fishing will be along drop-offs where the current is quick. Dark artificial worms or grubs will work well when the water is low and clear.

RESERVOIRS

Conowingo *** -- The water level is low in the reservoir, but minnows on shad darts have been turning up some large crappie. Largemouths have been hitting minnows and spinnerbaits near the grass beds.

Liberty *** -- Walleye were hitting crankbaits fished along the deep drop-offs. Striped bass have been hitting shiners along the shore in the evening. Largemouth were taking rattle trap lures near Morgan Run.

Loch Raven *** -- Largemouth bass have hanging out to the deeper-water side of grass beds and early morning catches have been good on spinnerbaits and artificial worms. Night crawlers have been turning up decent catches of bluegills along the shoreline.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** -- Largemouth bass have been hitting spinnerbaits near drop-offs early and late in the day. Catfishing is good in the evening on chicken livers.

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

TROUT

Hunting Creek -- Water is still low but in good condition. No significant hatches. Terrestrials have been working well.

Savage River -- River is very low but clear. Caddis and light cahills have been working well in smaller sizes.

Gunpowder -- Small sulphur hatch as well as caddis. The river is low but in good condition.

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