Piney Run: Channel cats are providing the action now, says Loren Lustig at the park office. Fish are running 2-4 pounds, with a bigger one occasionally tipping the scales. Cut bait and chicken livers will do the trick. Hydrilla beds are limiting shore action, so you're best off in a boat. Michael Anthony Orr of Finksburg received a state citation for his 8.8-pound, 28 1/2 -inch channel cat. Bass fishing has slowed from its frantic summer pace. Small plastics and spinnerbaits are the best choices. Tonight, you can fish from 6 to midnight.
Prettyboy Reservoir: Low water levels make boat launching impossible, says Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. Shore anglers working the points are catching bass on crayfish and shiners and white perch on worms.
Loch Raven Reservoir: These are the final weeks of the white perch season before cooler temperatures shut down the action. Anglers trolling a spinner hook with a nightcrawler are still reporting decent catches. Bass are hanging around the edge of the grass beds and underwater structure. Entice them with plastic worms, pig and jigs or stickbaits fished 10 to 20 feet deep. Some anglers are surprised by the northern pike that seem to be keeping company with the bass in the grassbeds, especially around Peerce's Cove. Bluegills and yellow perch are taking worms. The fishing center is now on fall hours, closed on Tuesday and Thursday and open the rest of the week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Liberty Reservoir: With the temperatures on the decrease, fishing is on the rise, says Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Early-morning and evening bass fishermen are getting good strikes on live crayfish. Bass are 20-22 feet down. Crappie fishing is improving for anglers dangling lines off the Nicodemus Bridge; choose fathead minnows. Some anglers have managed to catch stripers from the bridge on large shiners and crayfish.
Susquehanna River: Above the Conowingo Dam, fishing is slow. Below the dam, smallie fishing has been decent at the railroad bridge; tubes are best bait.
Gunpowder River: The water will soon begin its fall cool-down; it's in the low 60s at Falls Road. Lures of choice are hoppers, Chernobyl ants and streamers.
Middle River: Work the docks with topwaters in morning and evening and Yamamoto Senkos and 6-7-inch Berkeley worms, says Matt Garick at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Gunpowder River grass is producing lots of largemouths on the same patterns. Bush River anglers are catching monster cats on peelers and nightcrawlers.
Patapsco River: Recent rains brought the water level up and cooled things off a tad, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Fish are responding to poppers with bead-head nymphs tied on as a dropper. For spinning-gear devotees, little twister tails and little spinners do the job. Instead of the usual crowd-magnets, such as the Daniels area and the bridge at Frederick Road, try moving upstream to the Marriottsville area.
Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: There's still plenty of bass action at both impoundments, says Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam. Anglers are catching the occasional walleye on nightcrawlers and channel cats on worms. Launching a boat at Greenbridge at Triadelphia is difficult because of low water; Supplee Lane, Brown Bridge and Scott's Cove ramps at Rocky Gorge are better places. Surface water temperature was in the mid-70s and visibility was about an arm's length.
Chesapeake Bay: Live-lining spot has picked up around the LNG Pier, says Capt. Jim Brincefield. The same location also has been productive for chummers and for anglers bottom fishing for large spot. Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park reports good spot and croaker fishing at the public pier in Solomons, especially at night. Bloodworms are best bait. He also recommends spot fishing at Broomes Island, Town Creek, Drum Point and Helen's Bar. The area from Calvert Cliffs to the Targets is covered with breaking blues, ranging from 14-20 inches, with some stripers mixed in. Look for the working gulls. The Point Lookout Pier also is a good location to catch blues.
Ocean City: Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle says best bets for the weekend are flounder fishing from the U.S. 50 bridge using a minnow/squid strip or a shiner/squid strip combo, or croakers on the high tide. Trout fishing should be decent from the bridge, Oceanic Pier or in the inlets; use Got-cha plugs, storm lures and "trout killers." Surf anglers have been disappointed, but that could change if cooler temperatures lure red drum to Assateague.
Potomac River: In the upper river, bass fishing has been good in the grass near the Williamsport treatment plant. Try tubes and buzzbaits; topwaters lures in the morning. White's Ferry anglers are having good luck with weightless Magic Sticks rigged Texas style or wacky way, says guide Ken Penrod at Life Outdoors Unlimited. Walleye action has been best using soft artificial lures rather than live bait. Smallmouth anglers are reporting action near Hancock with white Yamamoto plastics and pearl grubs. In the tidal river, fish the dropoffs between the Anacostia River and the natural gas docks with plastics for largemouth bass. Flounders have been hot in Cornfield Harbor in the lower river, with good catches reported from Cornfield Point to Lookout Harbor.