Fishing report

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Piney Run: Jim Gronaw at the park office says buzzbaits and plastic worms were the top lures at the recent bass tournament. Fish up to 4 pounds were caught. Catfishing has been good using chicken liver and cut bait.


Prettyboy Reservoir: Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition recommends trolling a 1/2 -ounce spinner hook with a worm at 25 feet of water to catch white perch. For bass use pig and jigs, shiners and crayfish. Use poppers late in the day for topwater action.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Ryan Ward at the Loch Raven Fishing Center says a 5-pound bass was caught recently on a rubber worm. These big fish can be caught around shoreline structure and grass beds. Use rubber worms and spinnerbaits. For white perch troll a 1/2 -ounce spinner hook with worm in deep water off the weedbeds. Pickerel can also be caught on this rig.


Liberty Reservoir: Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle recommends the Nicodemus Bridge for white perch and crappie. Use minnows, night crawlers or a piece of liver. Bass fishing has been producing fish on shiners, crayfish and surface lures.

Susquehanna River: The river is clearing from recent rains, says Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited. To catch fish in high, discolored water use bright, loud lures. Case Magic Stiks with rattles in bright colors are great choices.

Gunpowder River: Theaux Le Gardeur at the Backwater Angler says CDC caddis and various trico patterns work well in the morning. Bead head Pheasant tail nymphs produce strikes in the faster water. To beat the crowds, fish below York Road to Blue Mount Road with terrestrials.

Middle River: Jerry Sersen at The Fishin' Shop on Pulaski Highway says the bass are still in the grass. Target the beds with plastic worms during the day and switch to topwater lures late in the day. The Seneca Creek area around Pools Island has been producing stripers on tubes and live eels. White perch fishing and crabbing have been outstanding at Rocky Point.

Patapsco River: Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge in Catonsville says the river is fishable and clears each day. Use streamer patterns for the smallmouth and poppers for the panfish. Jig a bright colored bead head Woolly Bugger around rocky shorelines and behind current breaks for panfish.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam, says the water levels are high. Walleye and catfish have been caught below the dam.

Chesapeake Bay: The bay catches are starting to change from those of summer to fall, says fisheries biologist Angel Bolinger. Spanish mackerel and breaking bluefish can be seen throughout the bay. Large stripers have been reported, and September draws these fish close to shore early and late in the day. Weakfish have been caught in many areas of the bay.

Ocean City: Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle says the unusual weather pattern this year has been producing large stripers. Fishing the inlets with live eels and lures has been productive. Few large stripers have been caught at the Oceanic Pier, but the Ocean City Sea Wall has been yielding large stripers. The North Jetty and the Indian River Inlet are also good areas. The flounder action has been slow. The croaker fishing has been hot on the piers and on boats as well. Use squid, worms or spot fillets. Kingfish are being caught in large numbers at Assateague Island. Use shrimp, clam, or cut mullet and cast beyond the breakers. Offshore fishing has been yielding tuna, dolphin and white marlin at the Baltimore Canyon. Massey's Canyon and Wilmington Canyon are also productive areas. Trolling at 30 fathoms and chunking has been the most effective way to fish.


Potomac River: Guide Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited says the upper river is clear, but could change with a heavy downpour. Smallmouths are being caught on pumpkin Mizmo tubes and Case Magic Stiks behind current breaks and below riffles. The white miller hatch has begun and smallmouth are taking fly patterns. The tidal Potomac has been producing lots of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Big Mouth spinnerbaits catch fish consistently. Fish a spinnerbait when the sun is high and buzzbaits late in the day. The Blue Plains area is crowded, but produces fish. Bridge foundations, grassbeds and the mouths of many nearby creeks are productive alternatives.