Fishing report


Piney Run -- Largemouth bass from 17 to 20 inches are dominating the catch. Due to the emerging hydrilla beds, anglers should try plastic worms and drop-shot rigs for the next few weeks, says Jim Gronaw at the park office. Large channel catfish are still being caught at 15 to 20 foot depths; try nightcrawlers, cut baits and chicken livers. The biggest catfish so far came in at 15.88 pounds. Fish worms on the bottom of the lake work for 10- to 12-inch yellow perch. The Lucky 7 Big Catfish Tournament is next Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Loch Raven Reservoir -- Since this week's heavy rain, white perch have been biting twice as much but are smaller than usual. Catch them in the deeper water near the center of any cove, especially around noon with nightcrawlers. The mornings and evenings are the best time to catch bass, which seem to be unaffected by the higher water levels and lower water quality.

Liberty Reservoir -- You can catch white perch and crappies once the mud line is pushed down, but Doug Geis at Old Reisterstown Bait and Tackle says, "If I were going to fish this weekend, I'd go to Loch Raven."

Susquehanna River -- Rough conditions combined with poor water quality has made fishing the Susquehanna more difficult than usual. However, there are largemouth bass in the grass beds along the shorelines.

Gunpowder River -- "Fishing is excellent on the river right now," says Theaux LeGardeur at Backwater Angler in Monkton. "We're the only trout stream that's not blown out." The water is shin deep at Masemore Road and clear from Bunker Hill upstream to Falls Road. Cast streamers like Wooly Buggers and ants both on smaller sizes, 16-20. Temperature in the catch and release section of the river has held steady between 56-58 degrees.

Chesapeake Bay -- It does not appear that heavy rains have significantly altered the catch in either the upper bay or central bay, says Tony Tochterman of Tochterman and Sons in Fells Point. Just inside the Francis Scott Key bridge perch are taking regular bloodworms and Fishbites. There is also an abundance of catfish along the river and harbor areas; use dough baits and nightcrawlers.

Patapsco River -- Overflow from heavy rain has made the river extremely muddy, says Tochterman. Avoid debris to have a chance for catfish, perch and stripers. Anglers are live-lining with perch for stripers.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs -- Due to dam work, Triadelphia is closed indefinitely. WSSC officer Hector Padilla said due to the poor conditions, not many anglers have been out at Rocky Gorge this week.

Ocean City -- Flounder catches have increased in the past week, according Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle. Anglers should fish flounder rigs with squid, shiners, smelts and live minnows, she says; try the area between the Route 50 bridge and the No. 5 green marker. Croakers have been reported around the Route 90 bridge with regular bloodworms or Fishbites. Big eye tuna can be found in the canyons. If you're fishing the inlet, use red and white bucktail for stripers.

Potomac River -- Cast Case Magic Sticks and frogs to the spots of clear water around grass beds for bass, Ken Penrod says in his Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report. Murky conditions brought on by flooding should settle down in time for the weekend. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports some areas of the river received over 10 inches of rain, so be sure to check water levels in a specific area before heading out.

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