at Deep Creek Lake fishing and dodging jet skies, speed boats and pontoon boats
has settled in for fishermen. Most serious fishermen are getting out early
before vacationers stir and enjoying some peaceful time on the lake fishing for
a variety of fish. Drifting over deep grass beds with minnows or leeches is a
great way to catch walleyes, smallmouth bass and large yellow perch. Slow
trolling swimming plugs such as Rapalas down deep is another good way to catch
walleyes. The coves are holding largemouth bass and bluegills; especially in the
During the day skipping soft plastics or spinnerbaits under
floating docks or moored pontoon boats is a good way to catch largemouth bass
loafing in the cool shade. Smallmouth bass can often be found just outside the
areas in deeper water or on deep rocky point. Soft
plastic jigs or crankbaits
the resemble crawfish is a sure bet.
fishing in the regions streams and rivers remains good this week especially
since many areas have received additional stockings of large rainbow trout from
the Freshwater Institute. Levi Kennell certainly has plenty to smile
about with this nice rainbow trout he caught while fishing in Wills Creek with
his neighbor Jon Folk.
getting a bit toasty out there this week for both freshwater fishermen and fish
alike. Both are in a summer pattern of activity to beat the mid-day heat so most
serious largemouth bass fishermen are out on the water before dawn and finish up
before noon or head out just before dusk. Casting surface lures such as scum
frogs or similar soft plastic frogs, buzzbaits and poppers near or over shallow
grass is where the action is early in the morning; whether one is fishing the
tidal waters or the large reservoirs. As the sun gets higher in the sky the
largemouth bass will retreat to deep shade; which is often thick grass or deep
sunken wood. Old docks and piers that provide cool shade or even fallen tree
tops are also good places to cast soft plastic jigs, worms, grubs, or spinnerbaits.
Conowingo Dam has been releasing water for power generation during the later
half of these warm days and the cool water discharges are creating some good
fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye below the dam. A
variety of jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are all good choices when working
some of the deeper holes and eddies.
reservoirs in the central region are often deep and have the cool water to hold
some big fish such as this big largemouth bass that was caught and released at
Piney Reservoir by Brian Morgan.
Let there be no doubt that both fish and fishermen are now in a summer mode of behavior. The mid summer heat has fish and fishermen most active in the early morning hours or evening hours. This is the time when largemouth bass move into the shallower waters to feed and casting surface lures such as plastic frogs and buzzbaits can drive bass to strike. Once the sun starts to rise in the sky; largemouth bass retreat to deeper cooler shaded water; often under grass, old docks or treetops that have fallen into the water. Small crankbaits, soft plastic grubs and worms or spinnerbaits can often entice these lounging fish to pickup a bait. Chain pickerel are another fish that doesn’t like the heat and tend to loaf around under thick mats of grass in ponds and lakes and only venture out during the low light conditions of early morning and evening hours.
Fishermen are working the shaded portions in the upper tidal rivers such as the Choptank, Tuckahoe, Nanticoke and Pocomoke where the water is cooler with good results. Recent rains have helped water levels in the upper and mid region rivers but traditionally water levels begin to drop due lack of rain and water being drawn off for agricultural watering. The large areas of thick grass at the Susquehanna Flats and rivers such as the Sassafras are excellent places to drop weedless soft plastics through the vegetation to largemouth bass lurking underneath.
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Reservoir Bathymetry information:
The Maryland Geological
Survey has bathymetry maps on their website:
Links to freshwater flows:
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls near Parkton.
Latest real time stream flow for
Gunpowder Falls At Glencoe.