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Latest Update: July 15, 2009 Next Update: July 22, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Summer patterns are in full swing right now on the upper Potomac River. Anglers have been having plenty of action with the extremely abundant 2007 yearclass of smallmouth bass. These bass are running between 7 and 10 inches right now and are aggressively taking a variety of lures. Fly fishermen have been keeping an eye out for the white miller mayfly hatch that begins during mid to late July. The hatch will begin in the lower stretches first and progress upstream. The hatch doesn’t get under way until dusk and, at its heaviest, resembles a blizzard. Small white poppers will bring plenty of bass and sunfish to the surface. Andrew Yoder of Grantsville and his family floated the upper Potomac from PawPaw to Bonds Landing and caught over 30 smallmouth bass as well as many large redbreast sunfish. This is a beautiful stretch of the river and one of the most popular with canoeists during the summer months.






John Mullican
Fisheries Biologist
Western Region
MD DNR Inland Fisheries


Central/Southern Region:

Bass fishing is in full gear as the summer weather cycle continues to ramp up. Peter Schumacher sent us the following report reflecting the bite at area reservoirs. I managed to catch 5lb largemouth bass on back-to-back days at Rocky Gorge…. These fish were caught on live crayfish (no gut hookings). They put up a whale of a fight on 8lb test! I also caught some other nice ones last week as well, 10 largemouth and a catfish.

Central Region inland fisheries conducted multiple-pass electrofishing surveys during the past week in several of our brook trout streams. Survey results found good numbers of adults in the streams but the hatch of young-of-the year was “hit-or-miss” as we had a range of zero in one stream to 80 estimated in another within 75-meter survey sites. Although many anglers associate brook trout with the mountainous western region of the State, the central region has productive yet very fragile brook trout streams that we continue to monitor and protect.

Anglers have been reporting good fishing on the Patapsco River in the Avalon area upstream to Route 40 in the Hollofield area of the Patapsco State Park. Small but feisty smallmouth bass to 11 inches as well as hand-size redbreast sunfish and rock bass have been available to anglers. The Patapsco River provides an excellent opportunity to catch numerous smallmouth bass in the 7 to 11 inch range with the possibility of catching a true Patapsco River trophy up to 18 inches. The weekends are very busy in the State Parks with shoreline picnics and swimmers in the deeper pools so a weekday visit would definitely increase your chances at catching some nice smallmouth bass.

Todd Heerd
Central Region Biologist
Maryland DNR - Inland Fisheries
17400 Annapolis Rock Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797
(410)442-2080, (301)854-6060

Eastern Region:

The rain has stopped and summer has finally arrived here on the “Shore”! Now that temperatures have gone up, most fish (and fishermen) are limiting their activities to early and late in the day. The largemouth bass bite in tidal waters has been good, I caught a few nice bass from the Sassafras River using topwaters along the edge of grass and pad beds on a moving tide in the evening this week. I can only assume the same pattern would be productive in all the tidal rivers right now. Most of the impoundments are now turning that lovely shade of green, as the algae (called “pond scum” by many) is taking over. Fishing for bass and bluegill has been pretty good if you are able to fish your baits in and around the mats of vegetation. Given the cool, wet spring and summer we have had to date, I would bet that there are still plenty of trout available in Big Elk Creek in Cecil County. Located within Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, Big Elk is a beautiful and productive place to fish when it gets hot. There is no doubt that fly-fishermen will do better than those fishing larger spinners and lures this time of year. A size 16 elk hair caddis is a good choice.

Tight Lines!

Brett Coakley
Fisheries Biologist
Eastern Region
410-928-3643 (x104)

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