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Latest Update: November 12, 2008 Next Update: November 19, 2008

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake reported a water temperature of about 52-degrees over the weekend; not quite ice conditions yet. There has been a lot of interesting gabbing between “soft water” and “hard water” fishermen in the last couple of weeks. The “soft water” fishermen are enjoying good fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass of some of the deeper main lake points this week. Many are using soft plastic jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits with good success. Large yellow perch can be found cruising in some of deeper coves outside of grass beds and walleye have also moved closer to shore and can be caught by shoreline fishermen.

Water flows have been good in many of the regions trout waters and trout fishing has been excellent in many areas. A few fishermen reported that leaves floating down the rivers and streams can be a bit pesky at times but water and weather conditions have been delightful.

Fishermen on the upper Potomac River also report good flow conditions and fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye has taken center stage. Casting soft plastic jigs and tubes near deep ledges and rocks have been producing some fine fishing for those willing to shake off a morning chill on the river.

Central/Southern Region:

Water temperatures are dropping in the low 50’s in many of the larger lakes and reservoirs of the central and southern regions as well as smaller bodies of water. Fishermen are reporting this week that largemouth bass are holding to deeper cover such as drop-offs and sunken wood or rocks. Deep diving crankbaits or soft plastic grubs have been good choices this week for fishing these deeper areas. Buck Riffey sent in a report that he fished Liberty Reservoir over the weekend and caught several of the largest smallmouth and largemouth bass he had caught in quite a while.

Fishermen are enjoying some excellent fishing opportunities this week in the numerous tidal rivers and creeks within the regions. The thick grass beds are dying back making for more open water conditions and chain pickerelcooler water temperatures have fish moving freely. Richard White sent in a report that he and a friend enjoyed a great day fishing with spinners and live minnows in the upper Severn River over the weekend. They caught a mix of large white perch, chain pickerel and even a striped bass; all while paddling around in a jon boat.

Fishermen on the tidal Potomac report that he better largemouth bass fishing is occurring in the deeper waters of the feeder creeks and the river itself. Main rocky points and deep sunken wood are good places to fish with a variety of deep diving crankbaits or grubs. The thick grass beds are becoming sparse and largemouth bass are moving to deeper cover as the water temperature dips into the 55-degree range.

Fishermen also report that the water level in St. Mary’s Lake is down considerable due to work on the dam. The boat ramp is closed until April 2009 but the fishing is good and shoreline access certainly is good.

Eastern Region:

Fishermen reported wonderful fishing conditions over the weekend after the rain stopped on Saturday; Sunday was a particularly glorious day to be fishing. The temperatures were balmy and the fall foliage is slipping past peak. The tidal rivers will be a good place to fish this week and the rain that is predicted will most likely do much to raise water levels in the upper reaches of the rivers.

Water temperatures are cool so largemouth bass are holding now to deeper sunken wood as well as deeper creek and river slopes. Flipping grubs and deep diving crankbaits along these deep edges or sunken wood are a good bet for finding bass that are still feeding.

The thick grass beds in the many lakes and ponds that dot the region are now dying back and more open water is showing up. Chain pickerel love cool water temperatures and they are now actively cruising these more open waters and can be caught on a variety of spinners and spoons.

Fishing for channel catfish is also a good option this week in a number of the regions tidal rivers such as the Elk, Bohemia, Chester, Choptank and Nanticoke Rivers. Most any kind of cut bait or chicken livers are a good bait to use.

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