**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR .. .. .. .. .. SALT WATER .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Ocean

Inshore *** 1/2 In Ocean City, the route 50 bridge, the flats behind the Thoroughfare and the Throughfare have been very good for flounder three to five pounds. Live minnows and squid have been best baits. Surf action has been off somewhat with lesser numbers of bluefish from two to five pounds being taken on cut mullet or mackerel at Assateague and North Ocean City.

Offshore *** The Southeast Lumps have been producing bluefish up to 10 pounds and the Jackspot has turned up a few bonito. Headboats report good catches of sea bass and some large tautog.

Chesapeake Bay

Lower bay *** 1/2 The trophy rockfish season seems to have slowed, with few fish at the 36-inch minimum or over being taken. Bluefish to 17 pounds remain scattered in the Point Lookout and Middle Grounds areas. Chumming or trolling big spoons should turn up some blues and perhaps a trophy striper. Cedar Point, Point No Point and Point Lookout, along with the eastern edge of the Fish Hawk, the Targets, Deep Hole, the western drop near the Richland Point buoy also are areas worth trying. In Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, speckled sea trout 3 to 5 pounds have been taken in 4 to 7 feet of water near Crisfield, Smith Island and Cedar Island Marsh.

Middle bay *** Trophy rockfish catches off in this area, and little bluefish activity to take up slack. Large white spoons or bucktails with white trailers still might turn up some keepers near Bloody Point, Tilghman and the mouth of the Patuxent River. Gum Thicketts off Kent Island, the oyster bottom off the north end of Poplar Island, Brownie's Hill, the bayside of Stone Rock, the Clay Bank, the Gooses, the eastern edges of Cedar Point Rip and the gas docks above Cove Point are good areas to try for stripers or an occasional bluefish.

Upper bay *** Rockfish season is closed above the Bay Bridge to protect spawning fish. White perch and catfish activity at Hart and Miller Island. Try peeler crab or grass shrimp for the perch and cut fish for catfish. In tributaries, catfish, perch, herring and bass are good possibilities (see river reports).

Potomac River

Upper tidal *** 1/2 Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited says the Washington area has heated up. Washington Channel and Columbia Island Marina are good for bass on crankbaits and jigs, as are the drop and grass off Fort McNair. Bryans Cove, Greenway Flats and mouth of Pomonkey Creek are excellent choices, with buzzbaits, plastics grubs and lizards. Mattawoman Creek is very good throughout. Other good areas are Chickamuxen, Powells and Aquia creeks, Arkindale Flats, Wades Bay and Mallows Bay.

Other rivers

Patapsco *** Catfish on cut herring seems to be best bet, but white perch improving at Key Bridge and upriver toward Inner Harbor.

Susquehanna *** 1/2 White perch, herring, catfish and bass all are possible downriver from the dam, with marinas, downriver island edges and the grass flats all good for bass on ribbed worms or pig and jig. White perch catches reported good in the Port Deposit area.

Choptank *** At the fishing pier near Cambridge, white perch and catfish are best bets. In the upper river, catfish, perch and bass from Martinak State Park to Greensboro. Topwater baits fished near the lily pads should work well for bass.

Gunpowder *** Largemouth bass will be in the shallows, and topwater lures could provide some great action early and late. Chester *** Catfish action near Eastern Neck Island and white perch near Langford.

Wicomico *** 1/2 Around Salisbury, bulkheads, docks and other wood structures are holding largemouth bass and ribbed worms and white spinnerbaits reported working well.


Upper Potomac River *** 1/2 The river has stabilized and fishing has been very good from Brunswick to Edwards Ferry. In the Brunswick-Lander area, salty grubs worked over rocks and below ledges have worked well. In the Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry areas, good topwater action at first light, grubs or power baits fished slowly on the bottom should work well. For river condition, call 1-301-223-6377.

Deep Creek Lake *** 1/2 Lots of panfish near docks close to shore as well as trout and pickerel. Bass fishing good, with smallmouths moving into shallows, where topwater action can be great. Largemouth can be had on red artificial worms closed to docks, stumps and underwater obstructions.

Patapsco River *** Guide Philip Krista reports that bass fishing has been very good. Water was 67 degrees Tuesday and clear. Best fishing seems to be midday into afternoon once the overnight chill warms away.


Liberty *** Largemouth bass hitting spinnerbaits and pig and jigs fished along the shoreline in the Morgan Run and Locust Run areas. Loch Raven *** Crappie and white perch are active, but bass have moved into 7 to 10 feet of water, where crankbaits and plastic worms work well.

Prettyboy *** Good catches of white perch from 8 to 12 inches on small spinners with a piece of nightcrawler.

Piney Run *** Crappie around the beaver huts; shiners or crankbaits have taken largemouth bass near grass beds.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** Walleye activity in Triadelphia, with several 2- to 3-pounders taken on artificial grubs or spinners.


Hunting Creek -- Caddis hatch. Wooly buggers have worked well. Savage River -- River is in good condition. March browns, Tellicos and beaver tail nymphs working well.

Gunpowder -- River is in good condition. Sulphers and caddis hatching.


Today: DNR public meeting to discuss changes in non-tidal fishing regulations being considered for 1994, Frostburg State University Louis Ort Library, Frostburg, Allegany County, 7 p.m.

Saturday-Monday: Mountain Club of Maryland Memorial Day Weekend backpacker trip, Dolly Sods, W.Va. Wednesday: Mountain Club of Maryland work trip to Leakin Park. Call [410] 602-0351.

Wednesday: DNR public meeting to discuss changes in non-tidal fishing regulations being considered for 1994, Cedarville Natural Resources Management Area, Hatchery Visitors Center, Cedarville, Prince George's County, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Meeting of the Free State Fly Fishers, Hillsmere Elementary School, Annapolis, 7:30 p.m. Wayne Grauer, Tom Cooney and Walt Knapp of the Cortland Line Co., will give a casting clinic. Public is welcome.

Wednesday: MCM hike in Woodstock area of Patapsco State Park. Call [410] 788-5594.

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