Piney Run: Anglers are catching bass in the 3-4 pound range in the hydrilla beds on plastic lizards and worms. Kids are doing well on the panfish when trolling worms on spinners in about 10 feet of water. Channel cats, some as large as 12 pounds, are taking liver, worms and cut bait.
Prettyboy Reservoir: Cooler nights have kept the water temperatures down but not the bassin' gurus, Duke Nohe, Joe Butta and Clem Luberecki. The three men caught 38 smallmouth bass three days last week while fishing off those humps and lumps in the lower end of the reservoir. Nohe caught a 6 1/2 -pound fish, 22 1/2 inches long with a girth of 16 3/4 inches on a pig and jig. He says the fish are sitting in 20-35 feet of water.
Loch Raven Reservoir: The hot spot for trolling for white perch is the red buoy just off the Fishing Center cove, says Ryan Ward, who works there. Some nice bass are being caught outside the grass beds on plastic worms and lizards. At the Warren Bridge, fish for perch with nitro worms.
Susquehanna River: The morning bite on The Flats has largemouth bass anglers smiling, says Capt. Mike Benjamin of Herb's Tackle Shop in North East. Deep-diving crankbaits and pig and jigs along the channel edges are the way to go. Lurking along the shoreline are smallmouth bass averaging 18 inches. They'll take minnows and crankbaits. The Bohemia and Elk rivers are producing lots of catfish.
Gunpowder River: Tricos, size 20-24, are hatching between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., but the fish seem to be keying more on the spinner fall from 9 a.m. to noon, says guide Nick Yowell at On the Fly in Monkton. If a cold front moves through, the hatch will be about an hour later. Anglers are having success with Copper Johns, size 16; bead-head green weenies, size 14; black and white midges, size 20-24; and woolly buggers with yellow tails. Fish poppers and crickets, size 8 and 10, from noon on.
Middle River: Bill Horstman at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway suggests trolling eels for rockfish along the east Bay channel edge near Tolchester. Bass fishing fluctuates with the temperatures. If it cools off this weekend, expect to see the action pick up.
Patapsco River: While some trout are still around around, smallmouth fishing is the story, says Howard Wode at Fishermans Edge in Catonsville. Fish Joe's crystal bugger, a PK40, a B-damsel "and always a woolly bugger," he says.
Patuxent River: On the upper river, they're still seeing a lot of white perch and catfish. Bloodworms and squid are the best bait. Croakers are active near Benedict, says Ed Johnson at C&EJ;'s in Lothian. On the lower river, trout are taking peelers, and anglers are still chumming and live lining spot, says Terry at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park.
Chesapeake Bay: Chumming is down, shallows fishing is up, say the guys at Anglers Sport Center. The western shore and Kent and Poplar islands are seeing rockfish action, with anglers using Bass Assassins, plugs, and bucktails. Good-size weakfish can be caught under breaking schools of blues, rockfish and Spanish mackerel in Eastern Bay.
Eastern Shore: If you can dodge the boats, the fishing on the Wicomico River right in the heart of Salisbury is terrific, anglers report. Focus on the docks and lily beds and stick with spinnerbaits and plastics.
Ocean City: The best fishing is still at night, says Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle. Flounder, big trout, and some legal rockfish are being caught from the U.S. 50 bridge. Best baits are live eels, spot, finger mullet, and 2-ounce Got-cha plugs. Flounder fishing remains good at the bridge by day; frozen shiners with a squid strip work. The main east channel from Harbor Island to the U.S. 50 bridge is productive flounder water, as well.
Potomac River: The ledges below the White's Ferry launch are full of bass, says guide Ken Penrod. The state reports catfish, smallmouth bass, and redbreast sunfish are all plentiful in the middle and upper river. Good-size walleyes are being caught on large crankbaits.
- Candus Thomson
Upturn: Crabbing has improved, especially on the upper bay. I caught 1 1/2 bushels of beautiful, heavy, jumbo males, some measuring 8 inches point-to-point, on the Gunpowder River in only 4 1/2 hours; another crabber on the Bird River caught two bushels using 30 traps. The mouth of Seneca Creek is seeing better-than-average catches. The Chester, Wye, and Miles rivers are holding with half-bushel catches of large crabs. For more, visit my Web site at members.home.net/thecrabman.
- Mike Kobus
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