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Latest Update: September 9, 2009 Next Update: September 16, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Deep Creek Lake fishermen report that they feel like they are getting their lake back or it is at least safe to say they don’t have to share it with as many non fishermen. The boat traffic on the lake is already showing a noticeable decrease as the summer vacation season draws to an end. The water temperature in the lake has begun to drop and fish activity should begin to increase. Walleyes and smallmouth bass are holding along the edges of the deeper grass beds in about 10’ to 15’ of water. Largemouth bass are still looking for shade during the day but the lounge time will become less and less as water temperatures drop and they become more active.

Cooler water temperatures and increased flows will do much to cause trout in the many rivers and creeks within the region to become more active. The fishing on the upper Potomac for smallmouth bass and walleyes will also start to pick up this month.

Central/Southern Region:

Freshwater fishermen are beginning to see very subtle changes to the freshwater fishing scene as September tends to tick along. Water temperatures are beginning to fall and are in the mid 70-degree range now. Although largemouth bass are still holding to a summer pattern of behavior they will begin to slowly break out of it and become more active for longer periods of time during the day. The reservoirs of the central region offer such fine fishing throughout the year but the early fall can present some of the finest fishing to be seen anywhere for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Eric Hammaker caught and released this nice smallmouth bass in the Conowingo Reservoir below the Maryland Line.

The tidal rivers are also cooling down and fishermen should begin to see largemouth bass moving more freely during day light hours as temperatures fall even more. Most of the regions tidal rivers and creeks are seeing water temperatures in the 75-degree range which will cause fish to be more active.

Fishing for other species of fish such as bluegills, crappie and channel catfish can offer some good fishing opportunities this week. Cooler water temperatures are also spurring these fish to be more active. Channel catfish can offer plenty of action and good eating as evidenced by this nice one caught by Hope Traynor while fishing at the new fishermen’s pier below the Conowingo Dam.

Eastern Region:

Cooler and clearer water in the regions tidal rivers will do much to improve the largemouth bass fishing this week. Largemouth bass will begin to show more activity as the grip of summer heat begins to relax. Although largemouth bass are still holding to a summer pattern of behavior; their active feeding time will creep longer into the mid morning hours and start earlier in the evening.

The regions lakes and ponds continue to offer good fishing opportunities for a mix of largemouth bass, crappie, chain pickerel and bluegills. Many of these species are now beginning to move away from thick grass and become more available to fishermen.

Fishing for channel catfish will improve as these fish become more active in most of the regions tidal rivers. Fresh cut fish baits, chicken liver or night crawlers are all good baits to use.

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