Piney Run -- While most pan fish are coming on late this spring, it is a banner year for yellow perch, say Jim Gronaw and Loren Lustig at the park office. Yellow perch ranging from 11 to 13 inches are being caught on worms off the lake's beaver lodges. Largemouth bass in the 2- to 4-pound range are taking soft plastics like Senko worms and Sluggos during early morning and dusk; a sure bet is along the north and south shorelines approaching the Wildlife Management cove. Channel catfish, some more than 11 pounds, are taking chicken liver and nightcrawlers. The Catfish Rodeo tournament is from 6 to midnight tonight and offers cash prizes for the three largest catches. Call 410-795-5165 to register.
Loch Raven Reservoir -- Bass are taking rubber worms and spinner baits in the morning and evenings. Warmer temperatures have white perch moving from shallow to deep water; troll a nightcrawler on a spinner hook. The reservoir is down 6 to 8 inches, but the level is not affecting the fishing.
Liberty Reservoir -- A full reservoir and good spawning have led to an exceptional year for bass fishing, says Doug Geis of Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle. Anglers are finding success down by the boat ramp and along the tributaries; shiners are the most popular bait for largemouth bass, while smallies are taking crankbaits and jigs.
Susquehanna River -- There is a small number of legal catches, and the best opportunities are at daybreak and dusk. There is a large number of white perch and channel catfish in the lower Susquehanna. Fish surface and top-water lures in openings of the thick grass beds of the Flats for largemouth and smaller stripers.
Gunpowder River -- Water is at a great wading level but cold at 56 degrees, says Theaux Le Gardeur at Backwater Angler in Monkton. Fish hoppers, beetles and ants, all sizes 10 to 16, from access points between Falls Road and the Prettyboy dam. Sulphur mayflies are still very active in the evening on size 16 to 18.
Chesapeake Bay -- According to Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons, fishers target croakers or hardheads. Bloodworms and fishbites are the best bait for those. Another target are rockfish, for whom small tandem rigs have been most effective. Otherwise, Tochterman notes a heavy haul on catfish "the most in the last 25 years" and that crabbing has been excellent. He recommends observing tide changes - fishing between the two hours before the tide change and the two hours after.
Patapsco River -- The fish are the same as in the Chesapeake, according to Tochterman. People are using Bass Assassins and night crawlers.
Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs -- Triadelphia is closed indefinitely because of dam work, according to WSSC officer Hector Padilla. At Rocky Gorge, crappies come up often. A fisherman caught a 21.5-ounce crappie there June 4. Minnows and worms are the favorite bait.
Ocean City -- Striper fishing has picked up at the inlets, according to Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle, while it has slowed down at the surf at Assateague Island. Foster also recommends sea bass and tautdog fishing offshore. Offshore, several combinations involving squid worked best - minnows or frozen shiners. Just off the beach, squids, bloodworms, fishbites and mullet fillets were effective.
Potomac River -- Water levels are low in the upper Potomac, according to Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report. The report finds bass more than anything. Case Magic Sticks and Mizmo Tubes act as the best bait. According to Andy Andrzejewski at Reel Bass Adventures, top waiter baits work in early mornings in the tidal Potomac to get bass, while eventually getting to crank baits and plastic worms as the day goes along.
Middle River -- Jerry Sersen of Reel Perfection reports presence of bass, needing only four hours to pull in 20 bass. Top water baits early on in the day, switching to spinners and plastic worms as the sun rose. White and yellow perch are also doing well.