Fishing report


The locations

Morgan Run: Trout are everywhere, and the water's great, so what are you waiting for? "There is no excuse," says Robert Sollott of Angler's Hollow in Westminster. "This is get-out-there-and-fish kind of weather." The water has cleared; the fish are skittish and spread out. Beetles and ants are great, as are small caddis.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Fish surface plugs, pig-and-jigs, plastic worms, or live bait 15 to 25 feet deep for smallmouth bass. Duke Nohe says he and partner Clem Luberecki caught 14 fish last Friday, including a 6-pound largemouth on a surface plug.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Lots of bass and pickerel and plenty of white perch are hanging around the weeds, says Kevin McComas at the fishing center. Try trolling with a spinner hook and worm by Peerce's Cove and Feather Island. Anglers have been using Pop-Rs and rubber worms and jigs, as well.

Susquehanna River: Check out the upper bay for perch and catfish and the Susquehanna for rockfish on live bait, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East, who also points out that trolling surgical tubes tipped with bloodworms might be the best bet for rockfish around Conowingo Dam. Largemouth bass are turning up in the grass beds. Spinner baits in chartreuse with gold or silver spinners and black with chrome crankbaits are working.

Gunpowder River: Sulphurs have started to taper off. "We're pretty much done for the year," says Nick Yowell of On the Fly in Monkton. There are still some sporadic caddis hatches, with ants sizes 14 and 16 working well. Golden stone flies sizes 12 and 14 are beginning to hatch. Try fireflies and black beetles in the evening and San Juan worms, pheasant-tail nymphs, wooly buggers and caddis during the day. Water temperatures are about 55 degrees in the morning and 60 degrees in the evening. Water is still spilling over the dam.

Middle River: Everything would be perfect if not for overdue rockfish, says Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Anglers are catching bass in the mornings and evenings with buzz baits and various types of surface plugs, and catfish have been great. But rockfishing around Poole's Island has been slow because of dirty water. Experienced, knowledgeable anglers still could have luck fishing eels and chunks of alewife. "It should start picking up any day, but Mother Nature is the big decision-maker," Horstman says.

Patapsco River: Smallmouth bass and pan fish have been active, biting on wooly buggers and crystal buggers, says Hank Holland of Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Clyde of Clyde's Sport Shop reports that catfish and perch are biting on peelers and worms in the lower Patapsco.

Patuxent River: Get up, go out, and jig for rockfish and for trout in the river mouth at Cedar Point, says Patrick Noris at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Anglers are casting for blues on top and bottom fishing with squid and bloodworms for croaker. Spot are biting bloodworms. Farther upriver, it's busy, says Ed Johnson at C&EJ;'s in Lothian. Anglers are catching white perch, yellow perch, catfish and the occasional rockfish on bloodworms and squid. Same story in the bay: great bottom fishing for perch, croaker and spot. "You name it, it's in the bay," Johnson says.

Chesapeake Bay: Chumming and trolling for rockfish are the way to go, especially on the west side of Baltimore Light. "There aren't as many fish, but they're on the larger side," says Darren Rickwood of Angler's Sport Center. Bottom fishing is yielding croaker, flounder, and some trout. You'll find blues up to 2 pounds, spot, and white perch.

Eastern Shore: Fishing at Love Point has been strong with chum and alewife, says Tony of Tochterman's. Croakers are over by Kent Island, and some nice stripers are in the Six-Foot Knoll area and in the Inner Harbor, inside Key Bridge.

Ocean City: Flounder action is heating up, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Zachary Beck, 11, of York, Pa., reeled in an 8-pounder from the Convention Hall Channel, one of the hot spots along with the Thorofare and the U.S. 50 Bridge. You might want to try Indian River Bay. Anglers at Shantytown Pier have caught flounder, trout, and sea bass by day, flounder, spot, croaker, and sea bass by night. Offshore, trolling the Jackpot with artificial lures has yielded blues, many in the 12-to-14 pound range.

Potomac River: Guide Ken Penrod says bass are hiding in holes in submerged vegetation. Smallmouths are biting a range of lures between Brunswick and Point of Rocks. Check out the edges of the vegetation upriver of Whites Ferry, and if you venture into Edwards Ferry, make sure you take a push pole. Quality bass are biting buzzbaits in the grass above the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Try fishing spinnerbaits in the grass along the airport runway.- James Giza

Crabbing report

Upper crust: The upper bay is starting to pick up with three-quarters of a bushel of large crabs reported caught with 12 traps in 2 1/2 hours off Hart-Miller Island. A few crabs can be found at Dundee Creek or the Gunpowder and Bush rivers, but those areas remain hit or miss. Crabbers in the upper Chester River last weekend reported two bushels. Crabs caught at the Kent Narrows this past week were large and heavy, with six dozen making a bushel. Jumbo males are prevalent at the Wye, but crabbers are working all day for just under a bushel. If you're heading to Ocean City, be sure to take along some string, chicken necks, and a net. You can easily catch about three dozen in a couple of hours. For more information see my Web site at - Mike Kobus

To hear the fishing report, call SunDial and enter category 5378 on your touch-tone phone. The 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.

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