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Posted on May 8, 2013 | Permalink

What Are These Black Spots?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Good afternoon. I went out to Liberty for some shoreline fishing on Saturday evening. I caught 3 SM (one at 3 lbs 5 ounces) - all on Carolina rig. I also caught one 17" LM that was covered in black spots. Picture attached. Any idea as to what this is?? Also of note was that 3 of the 4 fish we caught had part of their lips tore up?? Didn't look like it was from a hook either. Kind of strange… Thanks!!

DNR Response: The lips of the bass could been torn by anglers who were culling fish as part of a tournament. It could also be something the fish dealt with when it was eating – maybe a spine from its prey got a little too close to the fleshy membrane around the mouth. Or it may have been snagged by a hook.

The black blotches on the bass are not uncommon in tidal waters or ponds. Folks nationwide have seen similar pigmentation of Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass from rivers and lakes. After much research on the pigmentation, it turns out the pigmentation is just that. It doesn’t seem to be caused by a virus, bacteria, or other type of pathogen. Some folks suggest it’s genetic, others suggest it’s caused by exposure to sunlight. To be honest, no one really knows what causes it. One thing people do know, though, is that the pigmentation does not harm the fish.

We posted an article from PA Game and Fish on this subject because it came up in the recent CBF report on smallmouth from the Susquehanna River. I’m not sure where that link is, but I did find the link to the article: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/newsreleases/2012press/bass-spots.htm.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass

Posted on May 8, 2012 | Permalink

Great Bass Fishing at Liberty Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Liberty just keeps on producing in this great spring weather! Only had about an hour and a half to fish all weekend but the fish were there! Landed 2 largemouths on Rapala jerkbait 11mm first thing in the morning Saturday – largest a little over 2 lbs. Spent an hour first thing Sunday morning in the drizzle and it was fantastic – landed 6 smallies – biggest at 4.26 lbs with another in the 4 lb club, several in the 2 to 3 pound range. Lost several others as well. Fish on almost every cast! One on topwater, rest on Carolina rig – using a 3 ½” brown flake tube or a silver/white tube. Tube bait rather than a worm or lizard because it tends to float a little higher off of the bottom behind the ½ ounce egg sinker. Several females popping at the seams ready to spawn out. All fish released quickly and in great shape! Liberty just rocks this year!

Tags: smallmouth bass, laragemouth bass

Posted on April 19, 2012 | Permalink

Smallmouth in Liberty Reservoir

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Is it just me or are all smallies coming out of Liberty this year either a pound or 5+! Here’s a nice one in the rain – somewhere around 5 lbs plus – 21 inches – thick head to toe. Had a half digested bluegill in his mouth that was 5 or 6 inches! Lost another that looked like his twin. Fishing on the bottom and SLOW – Carolina rig – points and deep flats 5 to 10 feet. I think it’s just heating up too. Gonna be a good spring on Liberty! Get ‘em back in the water quick to fight another day!

Tags: smallmouth bass

Posted on November 7, 2011 | Permalink

Request

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location:

Rquest to fellow anglers – when you submit photos to the Anglers Log can you include a little detail about the lures/techniques used to catch them??? I know a lot of us don’t want to give away our ‘secret’ spots – me included. But it’s good to know what you used to catch fish – topwaters – or fishing fallen trees - or trolling – or chicken livers, etc. Lord knows I need all of the help I can get as well! Great time of the year to be on the water – good luck!!!

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Posted on October 11, 2011 | Permalink

Reservoir Bass a Hit

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Good afternoon. Just a quick note to a lot of bass fisherman out there. Great time of the year for catching a lot of LM and smallies with baits like Senkos, etc. But MAN – the topwater action is too exciting to pass up now – especially the buzzbait action!! The bass were crushing my buzzbait on Saturday afternoon/evening in Liberty. Only had the battery power for a couple pix but a very busy few hours landing LM’s – no smallies this time. Ditch the boring baits and spit some water around on the surface. It’s a blast!!

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass

Posted on July 1, 2011 | Permalink

Small Stream Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Potomac River, Small Streams

Well as the lakes boil in the heat we’ve changed over to the Potomac and some small streams in Central MD. You can see by the stream in the background we’re talking SMALL streams! The smallies are super active. 2 trips in the last week have both produced tons of smallmouths – most in the 6 to 12 inch range. However 2 have topped the 17” mark – all on 2-3” tubes – all on 6 lb line and what a great fight! A little current mixed in with their sheer strength makes them a great fight! Hit the pools hard and eddies around boulders. Great way to cool off in the heat and keep that rod bending.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

Posted on May 31, 2011 | Permalink

Liberty Reservoir Bass

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Good morning... FINALLY got a chance to get out on Liberty last evening - high water and bad weather has been a huge obstacle this spring. Only had about 2 hours to fish but my daughter and I landed 1 smally, 6 largemouth, 3 white perch and one big sunny. Most were caught on Pop-R type topwaters. We lost several fish also. Bass were very sporatic - takes a lot of casting to keep the bite going. Strangely we saw very few beds. Last year on 05/25/10 I had my best day of the year on Liberty, landing numerous large and smallies over 4 pounds. The areas fished last year were littered with bass beds. This year - nothing. Water is high and lots of brush and trees in water so hit them with weedless worms - no weight - and topwaters. A fun couple hours!

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Junior Angler

Posted on August 2, 2010 | Permalink

Smallmouth Biting

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Carroll County

Good morning. Had a chance to hit a local stream over the weekend with my daughter. Water was back up a bit (thankfully) from recent thunderstorms but not too muddied. Smallmouth were stacked in the deep holes. Anything that resembled a crawfish did the trick. Most were in the 8 to 11 inch range, but she managed to land 7 that were 12 inches plus! All on light tackle – what a fight. Great way to stay cool on a hot day and land some very nice fish.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass

Posted on June 22, 2010 | Permalink

Carp Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Small Stream

Good morning. Hey just wanted to drop a line and pic - bass fisherman in particular who are starting to experience the tougher summer bass fishing patterns - don't forget a great opportunity to catch a great fighting fish in just about every body of water locally - carp. Especially if you are fishing with kids these fish are a fairly easy to catch and put up a great fight - especially if you go after them with light tackle. Had a chance to take my daughters to a small stream on Father's Day for only about an hour or so. Saw lots of wildlife wading through the stream and got to fish one of my favorite deep holes for a bit. A couple kernels of canned corn and a small hook is all you need. We only hooked up with one carp this short trip, but it was in the 24 inch range, probably 6 to 7 pounds. My 9 year old daughter hooked and landed it (she's always the lucky one) with a 5 foot ultra light spinning rod and 6 pound test line. What a great battle. If you or your kids want to fight some hard-pulling fish and catch a potential "trophy", don't forget about carp fishing throughout the summer. They may be ugly, but they can be a blast to catch!

Tags: Carp, Father's Day

Posted on June 04, 2010 | Permalink

Liberty Reservoir one morning last week

Type: Freshwater
Region: Northern
Location: Liberty Reservoir

Was able to spend some more time on Liberty one morning last week. First morning was all smallies. Ironically enough this morning was all largemouths. Heddon Baby Torpedo topwater was the workign bait on this morning. Lots of largemouths - 4 really nice ones in the 3 pound plus range. The largest around 5 pounds. Working around fallen trees and logs. the biggest fish were on those fallen trees the farthest from the shoreline - I assume over deeper water. Lots of abrasions on these fish from spawning in the shallows. Another great morning!

Tags: Largemouth Bass

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