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Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake are beginning to venture out onto the lake in boats now that the lake is ice free. Two floating docks have been installed at the state park boat ramp and the ramp is now open. Most fishermen are working the steep edges and drop-offs for walleye but are also catching a few smallmouth bass. Small crankbaits and jig/minnow combos have been two of the favorite presentations lately in the cold water. Yellow perch areRainbow Trout being found in the shallows of Deep Creek Lake and now is also the time to seek out big northern pike in shallow water in Deep Creek Lake and the Youghiogheny Reservoir near Friendsville.

Fishermen reported having a good trout season opener with favorable water flows and weather. Fisheries biologist Alan Klotz sent in this report. Opening day of trout season was sunny but cold, and fishermen were out in force in Western Maryland. Streams are still running a bit low and clear as in-season stockings continue. Both the Casselman and Town Creek Delayed Harvest Areas received stockings this past week as well. The Glades Park Youth and Blind Persons trout fishing pond in Oakland was a great place to take kids for the trout opener. Keith Craig of Germantown certainly looks happy with this nice 22” rainbow trout he caught in Middle Creek. Be sure to check out the spring trout stocking schedule for additional stockings. www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/stocking/springtroutstock.html

John Mullican was kind enough to send in this report from the upper Potomac. The upper Potomac River is running clear with temperatures near 50°F. March has certainly been living up to its reputation - warm one day, cold the next and windy every day! In spite of the weather, fishing on the upper Potomac has been excellent. Walleye are now spawning and have become a bit more difficult to catch. Smallmouth bass fishing, however, Smallmouth Basshas really turned on. Anglers are catching a lot of really nice bass too, many between 15 and 20 inches. Crankbaits, suspending jerk baits, tubes, and grubs have been effective. Just a reminder, bass fishing in Maryland nontidal waters is catch-and-release until June 16.

Kris Flaherty sent us this report from the upper Potomac also. I fished the Potomac near Dam 4 last week and caught a good number of walleye. Some well over 20 inches. The bite was slow but steady; grubs were not as effective as they usually are but they would take Bass Assassins readily. The river was in great shape.

Central/Southern Region:

It was a big weekend for trout fishermen as everyone spread out over the Maryland landscape to take advantage of the generous trout stocking program; which continues. If you missed your chance to fish Saturday do not dismay about all you’ll miss are some of the crowds. There will be continuing stocking of trout in many of the regions waterways for the next month or so; just check out the stocking schedule on line. www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/stocking/springtroutstock.html

Fishing for trout was not the only thing on fishermen’s minds this past weekend largemouth bass and an assortment of other freshwater species also got a lot of attention. Fishermen are finding largemouth bass beginning to put the feed on now and are now being found in the shallower waters of the regions smaller ponds and lakes. Richard Berke sent in a short report that he enjoyed a great day of fishing on a small Howard County pond catching releasing largemouth bass. Fishermen at Prettyboy, Liberty, Loch Raven, Rocky Gorge and TriadelphiaLargemouth Bass are enjoying good fishing opportunities for largemouth bass. Craig Walrath sent in this picture of a fine looking largemouth bass at Rocky Gorge that he caught and released recently.

Lakes and ponds in the southern region such as St. Mary’s Lake have good populations of bluegills, crappie, largemouth bass and chain pickerel and are keeping fishermen busy this time of the year.

Fishermen are enjoying good to excellent fishing for white perch in most of the tidal rivers and creeks in the two regions. The white perch can be found holding in the deeper sections of the upper portions of the waterways. Small 1/32oz jigs and shad darts dressed with fresh grass shrimp suspended under a bobber is a great way to catch them from shore. Small boat or canoe fishermen can work the jig/grass shrimp combination close to the bottom with good results. Channel catfish and carp can also provide a lot of action for fishermen casting from the river banks.

Eastern Region:

Fishermen are enjoying good to excellent fishing for white perch in most of the tidal rivers and creeks in the two regions. The white perch can be found holding in the deeper sections of the upper portions of the waterways. Small 1/32oz jigs and shad darts dressed with fresh grass shrimp suspended under a bobber is a great way to catch them from shore. Small boat or canoe fishermen can work the jig/grass shrimp combination close to the bottom with good results. Channel catfish and carp can also provide a lot of action for fishermen casting from the river banks.

The small lakes and ponds that dot the eastern region hold a variety of Largemouth Bassfreshwater fish such as chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and of course largemouth bass. These small bodies of water are often shallow and quick to warm up, so fish are feeding. A variety of lures such as jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, spinners and soft plastic are all good choices. Tom Melvin caught this fine looking largemouth bass on a spinnerbait from a Queen Anne’s County pond and got a quick picture before returning it to the water.

Fishermen have been enjoying excellent fishing for white perch in many of the tidal rivers and creeks within the eastern region. Fishermen are finding a lot of smaller white perch in the very upper reaches of the rivers and creeks and report finding larger perch holding in the deeper channel areas. Small 1/32 oz jigs and shad darts tipped with fresh grass shrimp tend to be the most popular fishing method. If fishing from shore a small bobber is often employed and jigs can be fished vertically from a boat.

The lower shore rivers such as the Nanticoke and Pocomoke are now seeing water temperatures in the low 50’s so largemouth bass are beginning to become very active. Fishermen are finding good fishing along creek edges, sunken wood, emerging spatterdock and report that the fish tend to move into the shallows as waters warm up in the afternoon sun. Small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and soft plastics are all good choices.



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