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Fishing report

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Morgan Run: The weatherman is predicting thunderstorms this weekend, which means that afterward, the best action will be with streamers, says Robert Sollett at Angler's Hollow in Westminster. Caddis pupa and sparkle emergers also will tease trout into biting. Sulphurs remain the main course during midday. Fish a spinner in the evening. Bring an assortment of ants, sizes 14-20, and fish them beneath overhanging branches.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Waters are warming, and the best action is in and around the coves. Bass, pike, and pickerel are taking plastic worms and spinnerbaits. White perch are at the cove mouths.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Carp may be dying elsewhere, but the problem hasn't affected the reservoir, says Kevin McComas at the fishing center. "Come on out. We're healthy," he says. White perch are everywhere, but check the mouth of Deadman's Cove and in Peerce's Cove. Try a spinner hook with a piece of nightcrawler and a 1/2 -ounce weight 3 feet up the line, McComas says. The bass are 12-to-18 feet down, biting jigs and rubber worms. Crappie fishing is spotty, but they're still hitting in Peerce's Cove. Go with a shad dart and minnow combo or shad dart and waxworm combo.

Susquehanna: Above the Conowingo Dam, crappie are biting on shad darts and bloodworms. Anglers are having success fishing for bass using crankbaits, worms and spinners. At the dam, striper action has been terrific. Try large shiners and jig and twister combos. Farther downstream, troll tubes tipped with bloodworms. If fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass is your goal, give RocksState Park up to the Eden Mill dam a try. Pheasant-tail beaded nymphs work. On the Flats, largemouth bass are biting crank- and spinner baits.

Gunpowder River: Sulphur and caddis hatches are picking up, with great spinner fall in the evening, says Wally Vait at On the Fly in Monkton. Terrestrials - ants and beetles - are getting stronger, as well. The water is very clear, with the temperature at 54 degrees at Falls Road. Water is spilling over the dam, but hip waders remain OK.

Middle River: "If you can find some grass, you can find some bass," says Bill Horstman of the Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. The grass is growing, and the bass are looking for refuge from the sun. Try Carolina rigs and crank baits off main points. Anglers also are catching bass in the shade of fallen trees and by old piers with jigs and pigs and weedless worms. Buzz baits and Pop-R type baits are best for top water in mornings and evenings. In the Poole's Island area, chunking has yielded some nice stripers in deep water.

Patapsco River: Anglers are picking up catfish and some perch in the lower Patapsco, according to Clyde's Sport Shop, with peelers and worms the best baits. In the valley, crappies and blue gills are biting on minnows.

Patuxent River: The lower river's been pretty busy, says Ken at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Anglers are picking up lots of croakers, and good-sized stripers are plentiful in the river mouth at Cedar Point. Bottom fishing has produced nice trout. "Same-old same-oldon the upper river," says Big Al of C&EJ;'s in Lothian. Rockfish, flounder, sea trout, and a good number of perch and yellow perch are biting on blood worms and precut squid with crab and garlic scent.

Chesapeake Bay: Bottom fishing has been great, says Fishin' Charlie of Angler's Sports Center, yielding catches of perch, hard head, and jumbo spot. Chumming has been hit-and-miss, but check out Thomas Point, the mouth of West River, and the Hill. Eeling at the bridge is heating up. Flounder can be had at Thomas Point, if you have patience.

Eastern Shore: Things are a little subdued right now, says Gene Kane at Tochterman's. Fish are post-spawn and still recuperating. Worms have been the biggest producer, with lizards a close second. Try buzz baits and spare baits for the morning/evening bites.

Ocean City: Flounder are biting on shiners and squid from the U.S. 50 Bridge, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle Shop. Snapper blues are also running through the bay. Try bait or lures during the day and Got-cha Plugs, bucktails or curltail grubs attached to large heads at night. Trout, blues and shad still can be found at Shantytown Pier; 3- to 4-inch curltail grubs on 3/8 -ounce lead heads tied in tandem are your best bet. Anglers fishing from boats in Indian River Inlet are catching 5- to 10-pound trout. White bucktails with either white or yellow worms have been most successful. Under the Route 90 bridge, sea trout are biting on a combination bait of bloodworm and squid. The charter boat Jesse James brought in a 442-pound threshershark to the Ocean City Fishing Center.

Potomac River: In the upper Potomac, recent rains have created muddy conditions, but stable weather should provide a quick fix, says Ken Penrod. Smallmouth bass are biting on popping lures, Cabin Creek tubes, and soft-plastic grubs. Check out Edwards Ferry on the ledges and rocks just below the ramp. Nice crappie can be found, as well. To catch bass in the Washington Channel, try chartreuse/white skirted Big Mouth spinnerbaits in the submersed grass beds along the Fort McNair wall and Hot Lips crankbaits at the drop-off. Anglers are catching bass with spinnerbaits in the grass bed near Reagan National Airport. - James Giza

Crabbing report

Open season: Crabbing is beginning to pick up in the Upper Bay, with reported catches of up to 1 1/2 bushels at the mouth of the Patapsco near Fort Howard. The Magothy River is doing better than average with a crabber reporting two bushels caught in five hours on a trotline baited with chicken necks. Serious crabbers at the Wye River can expect to nab a bushel of the best tasting crabs in the world, which, although on the large side, have been medium to light in weight. Crabbing in 8 feet of water near Love Point at the mouth of the Chester River has been hit-or-miss. A 1 1/2 -bushel catch using 25 traps was reported in Crab Alley. Crabbers in Ocean City's back bays can expect to catch a couple dozen mixed males and females. Try crabbing near the Route 90 bridge. I caught 1 1/2 bushels of very nice crabs last Monday on the Eastern Bay. For more, see my Web site, www.members.home.net/thecrabman. - Mike Kobus

To hear the fishing report, call SunDial and enter category 5378 on your touch-tone phone. The phone number is 410-783-1800 in the Baltimore area; 410-268-7736 in Anne Arundel County, 410-836-5028 in Harford County; and 410-848-0038 in Carroll County. Or go to the outdoors on the Internet at www.sunspot.net

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