Fishing report


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Piney Run: You'll find largemouth bass in the open pockets in deeper weed beds and in channels that drop off from the hydrilla beds, says Jim Gronaw at the park office. Fish small plastic worms and 4- to 5-inch Yamamoto Senkos to catch fish in the 1-3 pound range. Bluegills are holding 8-20 feet deep and over the deeper hydrilla beds. Maggots and nightcrawlers are best baits. Jeff Lawson of Cockeysville and Charles Jaster of Middleton each caught a rotund 10-inch bluegill, good for a state citation. The Full Moon Frenzy Bass Tournament is next Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cash prizes for three largest fish. Call 410-795-5165 to register.

Prettyboy Reservoir: Nothing's changed, says Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition. The reservoir is down 41 feet. While low water levels make boat launching impossible, shore anglers working the points are catching bass on crayfish and shiners and white perch on worms.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Lower water levels and thick grasses have slowed the action, say the guys at the Loch Raven Fishing Center. The reservoir is down 8 feet. There's still some white perch fishing; troll a spinner hook with a nightcrawler. Bass are taking stick baits, plastic worms and pig and jigs.

Liberty Reservoir: Bass have been biting well 18 to 22 feet down. Best bets are pig and jigs, crankbaits and surface lures. White perch have been caught from shore using spinner hooks with a nightcrawler or a hook and bobber. A few stripers have been landed on overcast days. The reservoir is down 27 feet.

Susquehanna River: Fishermen's Park at the Conowingo Dam is closed indefinitely because of heightened security alerts. Power company spokesman Ben Armstrong said the park will remain closed until federal officials return to code yellow or the company's security team determines it is safe. For now, fish for catfish near the railroad bridge foundations. Use clam snouts, cut bait and nightcrawlers, or smallies with tubes.

Gunpowder River: Water temperature was 66 degrees at Falls Road, according to Backwater Angler in Monkton. Fish large dry flies such as ants, size 12-16; hoppers, size 10-12, and beetles, size 14-16.

Middle River: Head for the docks in Seneca Creek, Saltpeter and the Gunpowder River, says Matt Garick at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway. Choose Yamamoto Senkos and 6-7-inch Berkeley worms. Bush River anglers are catching monster cats on peelers and nightcrawlers.

Patapsco River: The water level is falling again, but fishing's still worth a try, especially if you can take the kids on a combination fishing trip and picnic at the state park. Try poppers with a beadhead nymph on a dropper line under the popper for smallmouth bass and panfish, says Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville. Anglers are reporting small red drum are being caught on cut bait and bloodworms in the tributaries.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam, reports that anglers at Triadelphia caught a 3-pound, 7-ounce largemouth bass on a minnow; a 7-pound, 6-ounce channel cat on a bloodworm; and a 1-pound white perch on a worm. Over at Rocky Gorge, the best action was reserved for bass anglers who worked the humps, bumps and steep channel banks with a Carolina-rig and jig combination. Water temperature is 78 degrees with 2 feet of visibility at Triadelphia and 80 degrees with visibility of 4 feet at Rocky Gorge. Save yourself some trouble and don't even try launching from Greenbridge at Triadelphia. Switch to Brown Bridge, Scott's Cove or Supplee Lane ramps at Rocky Gorge.

Chesapeake Bay: Flounder fishing is excellent at Marker 76 in the bay and at Cornfield Harbor in the mouth of the Potomac, says Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Good catches have been made along the drop-off at Cove Point. Fish were at the steep ledge, 7-25 feet down. Drift the largest minnows you can find. Spot are at the mouth of the Patuxent, Drum Point and the Chinese Muds. Bottom fish bloodworms. Breaking rocks and blues - mostly undersized - are on the ship channel. Sea trout are now up the Patuxent just above Broomes Island. Early-morning trollers armed with small bucktails are getting trout up to 22 inches.

Ocean City: Tropical storm Gustav kept many charter captain and anglers from poking their heads out this week. However, some decent sheepshead were taken from the rocks around the inlet, says Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Tautog also are biting. Anglers at Indian River reported nice catches of trout, flounder, snapper blues and a few stripers.

Potomac River: Along the river in the District, smallmouth bass and an increasing number of rockfish dominate the action. Fish the channel drop off at Fort McNair for stripers up to 26 inches. For smallies, cast green pumpkin or natural craw tubes to the Long Bridge foundations, the Kennedy Center drop-off and the rocky ledge adjacent to Potomac Harbor and Key Bridge.

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