Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake are reporting water temperatures at the lake are around 47-degrees in the main portions of the lake. Of course one will find warmer water temperatures in the shallower coves; especially on sunny days. Some of the best fishing tends to be later in the day as water temperatures rise after a sunny day so fishermen can head out onto the lake later on in the day. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are staging near secondary points and are looking for dinner with crawfish being at the top of the menu. Crankbaits and jigs that resemble crawfish are an excellent choice and keeping them bumping along the bottom will usually put you on fish.
Alan Klotz sent in this report on tout fishing conditions. Western Region streams received some much needed rain this weekend to bring the flows back to about normal. I had a chance to slip down to the Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area this past week, and was greeted by an amazing hatch of caddis flies! The trout were taking the emergers, but I ended landing my nicest Yough River rainbow to date on a size 14 olive deer hair caddis. Fellow angler Neil Jacobs landed a nice 17 inch brown, while local Yough River fly-fishermen Danny and Larry Teets landed about fourteen trout during the hatch.
John Mullican sent in this report from the upper Potomac River. Based on last weekends April showers, there should be plenty of May flowers and water in central Maryland streams! Unfortunately for Potomac River anglers, the river is very high and muddy and probably wonít offer any safe fishing this week. On the bright side, the mountain streams in Frederick County are now well stocked with adult trout and flowing strong and clear. Stream conditions are expected to be very good on Fishing, Friends, and Owens Creeks when they open for fishing on Saturday. Larry Lewis was recently fishing on the upper Potomac near the Dickerson Power Plant before the heavy rains when he caught and released this 16lb+ channel catfish.
Fishermen who love their largemouth bass fishing are starting to report that the fish are entering their pre-spawn mode of behavior. A few fishermen report they have even seen largemouth scooping out nests in the shallows. Mostly though, largemouth bass can be found staging on points leading to shallow coves or near the mouths of creeks. The water temperature in many of the central region reservoirs is approaching 60-degrees and has already surpassed that in most of the smaller and shallower lakes and ponds. Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven Reservoirs are almost at full capacity at this time so the shallow areas that were exposed during last years drought should produce good water plant growth which will be good news for largemouth bass reproduction. Fishing for a number of other species in these central region reservoirs has also been good lately and Mark Pryal of Silver Spring shows us you didnít have to go out onto the Chesapeake Bay this past Saturday to catch a striped bass. Mark caught and released this nice freshwater striped bass from Triadelphia Reservoir on a King Shad swim bait.
Fishermen are also enjoying good fishing for largemouth bass and other species such as crappie and channel catfish in many of the regions tidal rivers and creeks. Bass fishermen are reporting good fishing on the tidal Potomac over submerged grass beds in 3í to 5í of water and also near creek mouths and relatively shallow sunken wood. Small crankbaits or anything that imitates a crawfish has been a good choice of lure to use lately. The largemouth bass are going shallow as they enter their pre-spawn mode and a number of fishermen have even been reporting good fishing action with topwater lures if fished slowly.
The lakes and ponds that dot the southern region have also been good places to fish for largemouth bass and a wide variety of other freshwater fish such as crappie and bluegills. Some of the smaller waters such as Gilbert Run Park Pond are still holding stocked trout for fishermen.
Thereís lotís of freshwater fishing action to be had this week in the eastern region. Largemouth bass are beginning to enter their pre-spawn mode of behavior and are staging in the shallower waters of the regions lakes and ponds. The bass continue to be feeding aggressively and will strike a variety of baits including topwater lures if retrieved slowly. A number of fishermen reported this week that they have seen largemouth bass fanning out nests in the shallows so continued warm weather will spur this process into gear. Fishermen that have been fishing in the tidal rivers from the Sassafras south to the Pocomoke are reporting much the same thing. Largemouth bass are holding in shallower waters and often near creek mouths or shallow coves. Shallow sunken wood and submerged grass beds are good places to look for some action.
White perch have moved down into the lower sections of the regions tidal rivers and creeks and most fishermen are using bottom rigs baited with bloodworms to catch them. Fishing for channel catfish continues to be very good in the Chester, Choptank/Tuckahoe and Nanticoke Rivers. Most any kind of cut bait, chicken liver or nightcrawlers will do the trick and there are plenty of places to fish from shore such as boat ramps with small piers.
The hickory shad have been moving up a few selected tidal rivers in the region such as the Choptank and the Marshyhope creek off of the Nanticoke River. The section of the Choptank River from Greensboro up should offer good catch and release fishing this week either from shore or from a kayak or canoe. The Marshyhope Creek above Federalsburg also has a good population of spawning hickory shad. Look for hickory shad holding in some of the deeper holes and bouncing a small shad dart along the bottom on a sweeping arch will often do the trick. Fishermen report that the run of hickory shad on the Tuckahoe River at Crouse Mill is a fraction of what is expected this year and restoration biologists are scratching their heads for the answer. Hickory shad spend most of their life out in the ocean and most anything can happen out there unfortunately.
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Reservoir Bathymetry information:
The Maryland Geological
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Links to freshwater flows:
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls near Parkton.
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls At Glencoe.