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Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Cooler night time and day temperatures are doing much to spur fish in Deep Creek Lake into increased activity throughout the lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are now beginning to roam more freely later on in the morning and early evening hours. Fishermen are fishing with soft plastic jigs and crankbaits outside of the floating dock areas and points with good success. The deeper areas outside of the grassy coves have also been good places to fish as well as deep grass. Drifting along these areas and fishing with live minnows or leeches is also a great way to catch walleyes and large yellow perch that are beginning to become more active with cooler water temperatures.

The cooler water temperatures in the regions trout waters and some rather generous stockings of large rainbow trout have been making for some fine fishing for area fishermen.

John Mullican sent us this report from the upper Potomac. The upper Potomac River is low, clear, and many areas are choked with aquatic vegetation. The vegetation is beginning to die backSmallmouth Bass and pull free from the bottom. As it does, the floating mats will add an additional challenge to fishing. Walleye fishing has been surprisingly good considering the low, clear conditions. Try crankbaits and grubs fished on 1/8 oz jig heads in deeper pockets. Also, this is a great time to learn the river as there are few areas where the bottom cannot be clearly seen. Learning where the bottom is slab rock and where it is rubble can pay off later when the water is higher. Jamie Sollenberger caught this nice upper Potomac smallmouth bass recently on a small floating Rapala.

Central/Southern Region:

Largemouth bass fishermen are beginning to see the exciting fishing they’ve been waiting for unfold as water temperatures have the bass becoming very active. Many of the larger reservoirs such as Loch Raven and Rocky Gorge are offering some of years finest fishing now. Topwater lures can be used over grass beds or in shallows, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics can be used outside the grass edges, near sunken wood or drop-offs with good results. Smallmouth bass are also becoming very active now in both Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs.

The two regions offer a large number of tidal rivers and creeks that can be fished for largemouth bass and other species this time of the year and they are all experiencing greater activity levels now that water temperatures are cooling. This is a great time of the year to go fishing for channel catfish in the tidal rivers such as the lower Susquehanna or the upper Patuxent. Fishing for blue catfish is on the upswing in the tidal Potomac due to cooling water temperatures also. The many smaller lakes and ponds that dotLargemouth Bass the two regions are excellent places to fish for largemouth bass now as well as a variety of other species. Young Dan Horgan was fishing a small pond in Churchville with his dad when he caught and released this fine looking largemouth bass.

Eastern Region:

Water temperatures are slowly falling in the eastern regions ponds, lakes and tidal rivers and creeks. The tidal rivers in the middle and upper eastern shore could use some rain to help raise water levels and flush them out; perhaps that may occur later on this week. Fishermen in the Elk River have been enjoying good fishing for channel catfish; the same is true for the Chester, Choptank and Nanticoke. Ray Parsons reported good fishing for both channel catfish and bullheads in the lower Marshyhope. Ray also went on to mention that he continues to catch a blue catfish now and then and they continue to become larger. Blue catfish are becoming more common in the Nanticoke River latelyLargemouth Bass and one would guess that some day in the future they’ll be as large as those found in the tidal Potomac and James Rivers.

Fishing for largemouth bass in the upper reaches of the Choptank, Nanticoke, Wicomico and Pocomoke Rivers has been very good this past weekend and fishing should continue to improve with cooler temperatures predicted. Most fishermen have been fishing small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics later on in the mornings and early evening hours with good success on the outside edges of grass beds and sunken wood. The bottom of a low tide continues to be the best time to fish the outside edges of spatterdock in the tidal rivers. Greg Falter holds up a nice Pocomoke River largemouth bass before releasing it back into the river.

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