Fishing at Deep Creek Lake has settled into a summer mode of fishing partly due to boat traffic and fish hunkering down during the day. Casting lures near or under floating docks is the ticket to largemouth bass and smallmouth are near by in slightly deeper water. Walleye are being caught near the edges of deep grass and the cove areas are holding large bluegills, pickerel, pike and largemouth bass.
John Mullican sent us this report from the upper Potomac River and trout survey sampling in Beaver Creek. Many folks took advantage of the outstanding weather this past holiday weekend to spend time outdoors. The upper Potomac River was a popular destination for camping, canoeing, fishing, and tubing, and for good reason. The river is in great shape and fishing for a variety of species is good. For those who just like a lot of action; go for smallmouth bass. Small topwaters, crankbaits, grubs, and the ever-productive tubes will all take plenty of bass right now. The outstanding 2007 year-class is now between 7 and 10 inches and is providing steady action.
During the summer months, the biologists in western Maryland conduct electro-fishing surveys of our wild trout resources. Population estimates obtained from these surveys enable us to monitor trout populations and make management decisions. We just completed surveys of Beaver Creek within the Fly-Fishing-Only, Catch-and-Return Area. This area is managed for wild brown trout and this yearís survey documented the fourth consecutive year of natural reproduction. Trout grow quickly and year-round in this productive spring creek resulting in many plump, quality-sized trout. However, those wanting to try their luck should keep in mind that this is a small brushy stream and, like all spring creeks, the trout are challenging!
Freshwater fishermen in the central regions lakes and reservoirs enjoyed a good weekend of fishing over the 4th and the trend is likely to continue this week. The main target of most freshwater fishermen this time of the year is largemouth bass and the early morning and late evening hours tend to be the best times to target them in the shallower waters. This is a favorite time to use surface lures such as poppers, frogs and buzzbaits over shallow grass areas. The largemouth bass move in shallow with the limited light looking for small prey and surface lures usually pay dividends of explosive strikes. Spinnerbaits can also be very effective near shallow grass at these times also. During the times of morning and afternoon when the sun is higher in the sky largemouth bass will be hunkered down somewhere in the cool shade such as under thick grass, fallen timber or old docks and piers in deeper water. Soft plastics, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits are often good choices for this type of fishing. Bao Huynah was fishing from the shore of Centennial Lake with a soft plastic when he caught and released this largemouth bass.
Trout fishermen in the Gunpowder have been enjoying good trout fishing lately due to the cool water releases from Prettyboy Reservoir and even though releases are diminishing due to work on the dam; fly fishermen have having good luck in many of the deeper pools.
Fishing for largemouth bass in the tidal rivers of the two regions remains good this week but water temperatures are now in the low 80ís; which usually puts the best fishing at the early morning and late evening hours. Fishing success in tidal rivers often is based on the tide fluctuations also and an ebbing tide in the early morning or late evening hours is what every bass fisherman keeps his eye on. Casting frogs, poppers or buzzbaits in the shallows near grass edges is a high profit place to fish for prowling largemouth bass. Spinnerbaits worked around grass edges is also a good bet and when the tide is high dropping soft plastics through the grass can lure bass hiding under the grass mats into striking.
Lazy summer days tend to describe the attitude of fishermen and fish alike this time of the year. Largemouth bass are the usually target of most warm water freshwater fishermen this time of the year and neither like the strong mid-day heat and sun. Largemouth bass are now feeding mostly at night and the best time to target them is in the early morning and late evening hours when temperatures cool and the sun is not so bright. They typically go shallow during these times prowling for anything that looks good to eat and that can range from small snakes and frogs to small fish and crawfish. Everyone loves the explosive surface strike of a largemouth bass so surface lures in the shallows are a given. Plastic frogs, poppers, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and other varieties of surface lures such as the tried and true Jitterbug are all effective.
Casting soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits near deeper cover is always a good bet when the sun is a little higher in the sky. Fallen tree tops, sunken wood, old docks anything that provides shade is a good place to target. Michael Willis was casting a soft plastic in Smithville Lake when this 5-1/2 lb. chain pickerel decided to take a shot at his lure. A big pickerel is a sight to behold and one not often seen these days since they are so aggressive and easily caught. Michael carefully released this one so this torpedo could continue to flourish in Smithville Lake.
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Links to freshwater flows:
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls near Parkton.
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Gunpowder Falls At Glencoe.