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Piney Run: Jim Gronaw at the park office says topwater lures and plastic worms have been catching the most bass. Fish the grass beds early in the day to be the most effective. The Full Moon Frenzy is the next tournament to be held on Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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Prettyboy Reservoir: Duke Nohe of the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition thinks the best bet to catch fish is early or late in the day. Spider jigs, crayfish and shiners have been catching bass in deep water. White perch are caught trolling a spinner hook with a piece of nightcrawler.

Loch Raven Reservoir: Harry Metz at the Loch Raven Fishing Center says the white perch are suspended just under the surface. Troll a spinner hook and worm at a shallow depth, over deep water to catch these fish. Bass are caught in close to shore on plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Pickerel can be caught around weed beds.

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Liberty Reservoir: Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle says the water level has dropped, offering more shoreline access for fishermen. This weekend, he expects the fishing to pick up with weather front arriving. Catch crappies on small fathead minnows. White perch are taking nightcrawlers. Bass are caught in close to shore on topwater lures. Walleyes are taking shiners in deep water.

Susquehanna River: Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited says the river has been off color due to recent storms. Mizmo tubes and Case Salty shads are catching fish in these muddy waters.

Gunpowder River: Theaux Le Gardeur at the Backwater Angler says get out on the river while you can still fish terrestrials. On cloudy days, olive-bodied flies work well. Caddis in sizes 18 and 20 are catching fish. Fish smaller Pheasant tails in sizes 16 and 18 in the riffles. Masemore Road through York Road has been the hot spot of the river. Fourteen-inch fish have been caught in recent days.

Middle River: Jerry Sersen at The Fishin' Shop recommends fishing grass to find the bass. Small stripers have been caught in mouths of rivers like the Gunpowder. Most bass are being caught on soft plastics around piers and pilings.

Patapsco River: Hank Holland at The Fisherman's Edge says fishing will depend on the weather. Recent heavy rains have raised water levels and water clarity is poor. Fish big bright flies if water clarity improves.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs: Hector Padilla, the WSSC officer at Brighton Dam, says trophy catches have been caught this week. A 32-inch striper, 33-inch catfish and 21-inch, 5-pound largemouth were caught.

Chesapeake Bay: Angel Bolinger, fisheries biologist, says chumming the upper bay at Podickory Point, Hickory Thickets and Love Point has been consistent for stripers. In the middle bay, chumming at the Gooses produces stripers mixed with bluefish. Trolling hoses and bucktails here has been effective for stripers. In the lower bay, chumming is effective for stripers at Mud Leads and buoys 68, 70 and 72. Night fishing is effective at the causeway and the pier at Point Lookout State Park.

Ocean City: Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle says big croaker are in the bay. Large croaker and flounder have been reported at the Oceanic Pier. Minnows or squid are good bait. Stripers are still being caught at the Ocean City Sea Wall at night. Live eels produce fish some nights and none others. Surf fishing at Assateague Island is producing large numbers of kingfish on bloodworms, shrimp or clams. Offshore anglers are catching big bluefin tunas. Chunking around the Hot Dog, Sausages, Ham Bone and Massey's has produced the most fish.

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Potomac River: Guide Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited says the tidal river has been great for bass on Big Mouth spinnerbaits and Mizmo tubes. Recent hot spots include Spoils cove, Blue Plains, Smoot bay and the rip rap around Columbia Island. Case Magic Stiks and buzzbaits work well in Mattawoman creek for big bass. The upper river is producing smallmouth and walleyes in deeper pools on green pumpkin tubes.


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