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Latest Update: May 21, 2008 Next Update: May 28, 2008



Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Deep Creek Lake remains a bit chilly this week as water temperatures continue to fall well below the 60-degree mark. Fishermen are reporting that largemouth bass are still holding in most of the shallower coves many on nests. Fishing for smallmouth bass is reported to be very good in many areas of the lake and the bass are readily taking tubes and crankbaits. A variety of other fish are also being caught such as walleyes, yellow perch, chain pickerel and rock bass. Fishermen are also reporting very little boat traffic and other fishermen on the lake.

Brook TroutJohn Denning from the Potomac-Garrett State Forest reports that Lost Land road is once again open to traffic after a temporary portable bridge was put in place to span the area of a failed culvert pipe under the road.

Most streams in the western region are suitable for fishing but the upper Potomac is still running hard and officials continue to post warnings to limited recreational boating on the river from Cumberland to Great Falls until at least this Thursday. Jeffery Morris was fishing in the Savage River recently when he caught and released this beautiful brook trout.

Central/Southern Region:

Fishermen are reporting that all the major reservoirs in the central region are now at full capacity. Water temperatures have dropped into the low 60’s in most of the regions lakes,Largemouth Bass reservoirs and tidal rivers and creeks due to large amounts of rain fall and cool air temperatures. Largemouth bass are roaming freely in most areas after leaving their spawning beds and are actively feeding. It will most likely be some time before they begin to enter their summer mode of behavior where they seek out cool waters during the day. It has been a cool spring with a lot of rain so water temperatures are expected to stay depressed for some time. Luis Aviles caught and released this whopper of a largemouth bass recently at Lake Artemesia.

Stocking crews have been out recently finishing up the last of the spring trout stockings so many areas continue to offer good opportunities for trout fishing. Most streams and rivers should settle down later on this week from yesterday’s rains and water clarity will improve.

Eastern Region:

Despite the recent heavy rains and cool air temperatures many of the regions lakes, ponds and tidal rivers continue to offer good fishing for largemouth bass and other freshwater species. Largemouth bass are roaming freely and actively feeding in a variety of habitats. Largemouth are holding to most any kind of sunken wood in relatively shallow water and grass and lily pad beds in lakes and ponds. Fishermen are using a variety of lures including spinnerbaits, crankbaits, buzzbaits and soft plastics all with good results.

The upper reaches of many of the regions tidal rivers and creeks; especially those in the lower areas of the region continue to have good clarity and fishermen are finding good fishing for largemouth bass. Fishermen are reporting that the bass are moving back into emergent weeds during high tides and migrating to the outside edges of spatterdock beds and similar types of grass cover during low tides.

Fishing for channel catfish has been excellent in a number of the tidal rivers such as the Sassafras, Chester and Choptank Rivers. The mouth of Watts Creek at Martinake State Park has been especially popular lately with anglers making nice catches of channel catfish there.


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