Posted on June 4, 2012 | Permalink
My First Ever Musky
Location: Above Dam No. 4 - Potomac River
I thought I would share my first ever musky caught...a fight for sure…
I started off the night loading my bass stuff into one of the member's boats, it was Thursday night and our bass club Boonsboro Bassmasters was going out on the Potomac above Dam Four for some "practice". At about five o'clock, we headed out and motored far up-river. We stopped at a rock point where I quickly got into some 12 inch keeper smallmouth using a Bomber square A that dives to about 3-4 feet depending on your retrieve. After having some time with no luck, we motored farther up river to a steep drop where two feet from the shoreline, it is 15 feet deep. I pitched my 1/8 oz. Greg Hackney Hack Attack jig with a Yum trailer into some wood cover, and starting dragging it along the bottom. BOOM…it is a big fish. I fight it hard and we troll out of the cover into more open water. I continue fighting the fish, then it makes a huge leap out of water…Muskellunge. The adult gets the net and after a couple missed attempts, the fish is in the boat! We measured it, a 27 inches musky, and my first ever. We get it back in the water and it swims off. We had no camera to take a photograph, but trust me, I will never forget it. One more thing…it was caught on 6 lb test, luckily the fish was hooked outside of the mouth and did not break the line. After that fight, two casts later I land a 17 inch largemouth which won the little competition that our club has each outing.
Posted on May 31, 2012 | Permalink
Mid-Summer Trout Fishing
Location: Various Ponds and Creeks
It is almost June, this means 80-90 degree temperatures and too hot for trout, right? Wrong, summer trout fishing is highly underutilized in our area. Most people think that all of the fish stocked will be caught or die when the water warms up. The fact is that in suitable streams (a suitable trout stream is one where the water temperatures do not exceed 65-67 degrees) only about 50-70% of trout stocked actually get taken home for dinner. Summer decreases water levels substantially and it is a lot easier to find trout then in other months when they could be virtually anywhere. Some key features to look for when trying to find summer trout holding locations are springs, shade, oxygen (in the form of riffles), and cover or deep water. Springs can be quite difficult to find, but I have found that the best time to locate underwater springs is in the winter when there are water plants growing around them. In a stream you could walk for a quarter mile and not find any decent holding spots, or there could be a spot every 50 feet, but usually they will not be close to each other. Some great locations for mid-summer trout are Owens Creek, Antietam Creek, Friends Creek, Beaver Creek, and some that might or might not hold fish during a hot summer depending on temperatures include Middle Creek, Catoctin Creek, Fishing Creek, and Israel Creek.
Ponds, as well, are highly under-fished in the months of May, June, July, and August. In most ponds the trout will die unless there is some kind of cold water source coming in. Just this past week, I was fishing Big Hunting Creek and only landed two, and on the way back, we stopped at Frank Bentz Memorial Lake. If you had looked at the lake you would have thought there was a breeze, but that was just all of the ripples from rising fish. The fish were rising to a massive mayfly hatch in which hundreds of trout were participating. If you were to drain any pond or lake, I bet anyone would be surprised at just how many fish are left. This mid-summer trout thing is really getting popular, I urge you to go out, because you will probably catch more than you did opening day. Remember: go early or late, because later in the day the fish will go deep to retreat from the sun.
Posted on May 22, 2012 | Permalink
Location: Local Warmwater Pond
Warmwater fishing is, I think, at it's best right now because the sunfish are spawning and some of the bass are still on their beds. Some people disagree with fishing for sunfish and bass when they are on their beds, but as long as you handle the fish gently, release it quickly, and don't hit the bed with your lure, the fish are always fine. During spawning is when all of the big fish get caught because you can easily see them, and they are easiest to catch at this time.
As far as technique, any Panfish jig or lure will catch them, but I went with trout magnet in bison and a green/black color today and caught more than I could count. I like to fish it without an indicator and just twitch it in slowly--they are bound to hit it. Www.devinsfishingreports.com
Posted on May 15, 2012 | Permalink
Caught a Nice Carp on the Potomac
Location: Potomac River Dam No. 5
We headed to Dam No. 5, which I think is the best dam fishing spot in Maryland just because of the amount of space the fish have there, it's huge. After catching a nice channel on hotdog as cutbait, I landed a nice 26 inch common carp which put up a nice fight. 10 minutes later, zmmmmmmmmmmm…there goes my Peen Fierce reel screaming. This fish was big. It could've been anything, but it was fighting like a huge carp. I adjusted my drag to the tightest, anymore and the line would have snapped. I couldn't stop him, he just kept going until he broke me off.
Tackle: Heavy stuff, 20lb PowerPro braid with a heavy saltwater setup if you expect to land a giant carp. As far as rigs, the slip rig is a great one, with a number 4 SSW Owner hook. Corn is the bait to use, or doughballs.
Posted on April 27, 2012 | Permalink
Helping Out at the Gambrill Youth Rodeo
Location: Gambrill Rock Run Pond
The Gambrill Fishing Rodeo @ Rock Run Pond was last Saturday morning and it had a terrific turnout. 30 some kids showed up out of the 40 that were supposed to, and almost all of them caught a fish. The ones who didn't, I know still had a fun time. The Rodeo got great donations from Penn, Rapala, Friends of Cunningham and a few others. We had about 15 - 20 rods donated, which were given out to kids randomly. Each kid took home a goodie bag with some decent Rapalas and some other fishing stuff. I saw an old buddy there, and the kid he was helping out caught his limit in no more than 20 minutes. After about an hour, the fishing turned down, and fish were just being caught here and there; a couple people were still pulling them out though. I helped out numerous people with tangles, how to fish, and un-snagging their lures. The biggest fish of the tournament was probably either a 16 inch rainbow caught by the kid mentioned above. There was also another big(ger) fish caught by a boy on the other side of the lake. I didn't get to see it, but it looked like a good 16 or 17 inches. All in all, it was a very good tournament, everyone left with smiles on their faces.
Whenever, wherever you get a chance to help out or volunteer…take it, it gives you warm feeling inside that you did something right.
Posted on April 20, 2012 | Permalink
Fishing at Owens Creek
Location: Owens Creek- Stocked Section
Headed to Owens, first stop was the Roddy Road Bridge. No trout taken from here, but I did catch 2 redear sunfish. As I worked my way upstream, towards the route 15 bridge there were a lot of people here especially for 3 o'clock during the week. When fishing a creek like this, you remember two things, and they are…
1. You must think like a stocking truck. Fish won't be in the middle of nowhere because the DNR will stock close to the road or wherever they can pull off. So don't fish every single hole, or it will take you a couple days here in Owens.
2. Look for the (golden) rainbow trout, most likely a couple golden rainbow trout will be mixed in with the rainbows in each hole. If you don't see a golden right after stocking then "most likely" it will be a hit or miss kind of thing.
There were a lot of fish-filled pools, only one thing, they were all filled with anglers. I managed to fish one pool below the route 15 bridge and they weren't hitting. Upstream we went, headed up to where the mudslide along 550 was a couple months back. Tons of fish here. I saw one guy land like a 19 incher. I managed 4 rainbows. Not too bad. I really don't know why more people don't take advantage of this awesome location later in spring and summer. There are some nice holes in the mid-section of Owens, some that hold over some really trout.
You can see this and other fishing reports for Mid-Maryland, at www.devinsfishingreports.com.
Posted on April 4, 2012 | Permalink
Good Brook Trout Fishing
Location: Little Fishing Creek, Catoctin Streams
Well, I went out for some nice mountain stream brook trout fly fishing this past week. Hit three spots, Little Fishing Creek, then two Catoctin streams. Landed 3 in LFC, 7 on the second stream, and 13 in the last stream. All caught on a Parachute Adama, 16 and Elk Hair Caddis, 14 and 12. I was fishing a 3 weight Lefty Kreh Pro Series rod with a 9ft leader tapering down to 2ft off 5 or 4x tippet. Biggest fish was around 6 inches from Little Fishing Creek. Nothing beats brook trout fishing.
Posted on March 29, 2012 | Permalink
Caught 51 fish on Greenbrier Lake
Location: Greenbrier Lake
What a day(s) at Greenbrier, 20 fish the first day and 31 in the second day makes 51 fish in two days. I don't know about you, but that's pretty good for me. Let's start off with the fish count... Day 1 started off with fish rising everywhere especially Trout. You could paddle along and just spot the Goldens in your kayak. I saw a lot of fish, especially small Bass and some Sunfish, while paddling the that shallow half of the lake straight out from the fishing dock. Basically all I did was cast out the Trout Magnet with it rigged under a strike indicator and let it sit. Sometimes you could give it a little plop to give it some action. The second day was just like the first one only I got to stay longer. I targeted Trout at first, they were holding high in the water column and were everywhere rising. But, you just couldn't paddle to where they just rose, they would be gone. I guess it is kind of luck in locating them. I caught several of the Trout about 100 feet out from the boat rental dock. Just cast it along the drop off there and boom, you would have a hit. Then I located the Panfish, in the other corner of the lake, kind of near the dam. I do not have a graph, so I guess you can say that I am just guessing on where to fish if I am in deeper water and cannot see the bottom. It was a great two days, I took lots of pics too. One Bluegill was pushing 10 inches or 10.5, we'll say 10. Caught a couple nice Redears too. Some of the Trout had injuries on them and the Golden that I caught on the second day had some kind of lesion on it of some sort I think.
Posted on March 20, 2012 | Permalink
Devil's Backbone Park- 79 Degress in Mid-March
Location: Antietam Creek
After hearing that the park is now open and fisherman have been fishing there daily, I gave it a go. The park doesn't officially reopen until the Parks and Rec announce it on the first weekend of May. Even though they have completed construction on the dam, they will be doing some landscaping work and possibly doing some work to maintenance road on the east side of the creek from the dam down to the pedestrian bridge. In this area there is a lot of erosion and there are a lot of holes. The parking lot is still closed so you can park at a number of locations…
1.) At one of the many pull offs along the road if you are approaching the park from Boonsboro.
2.) At the other park parking lot which is right beside of Mulendore's Auctions, this is above 1/4 mile upriver of the dam, just continue up Lappans Road to get there. Both of the places require a little walking. They have restored the creek bank on the west side of the creek right above the dam, so now if you park at the upper parking lot, you do not have to walk on the tight road, you can walk on the stream bank. Everything overall is very better and looks much better.
BUT... and it's a big but, the big Carp are not here. As you can tell by the photo, the water is very shallow and could not hold Carp (the big ones). I'm pretty sure they have migrated downstream because of the construction, but they will be back by Summer as they always are. The fish in the picture to the right is I think a small Common Carp, but the Suckers are harder to tell apart with the Carp when they are smaller.
The fishing right at the dam is I think a little overlooked right nojust because of the past construction, and not to mention most spots are really shallow except the areas where the water plunges down from the dam. On the east side of the creek there is a big pocket with a lot of slack water. The water plunges down from the dam then it goes around a big boulder that is sticking straight up from underwater and that is the pocket. It's around 6 feet deep and holds no fish because the spot is really revealing, but I discovered something pretty awesome. I have concluded this after months of watching the Carp here pre-construction and for a couple hours during fishing. I have concluded that fish come into this pocket to rest, you can't just throw your line in here and catch one, they are not there all the time. The Carp that I have seen here pre-construction did not stay here long, like 2 minutes at the most. Yeah, I know exactly what you are thinking, "I'm gonna go in there and catch Carp like crazy when all this construction stuff is finished and when they migrate back up here." The Carp that live here during the regular season can't be caught. Yep, I just said it, a fish that can't be caught.
Pre-construction there were trees and bushes and a big 10 foot fence on the east side of the creek at the section right below the dam. This prevented you from casting to this great pocket, but I did see 2 people fish it back in Spring. They somehow climbed the side of the wall and cast to 'em, nada (nothing). I have even waded (bad me-no wading allowed!) out and casted to them before and still nada. If you can catch one of these giants on 2lb test, you'll be the new holder for the Carp (Grass or Common) 2lb Test World Record, but I will beat that record in April when I travel to my Carp Hole (I was 3lbs away from beating that record last year, it was a three hour fight. My Mom just left and ate lunch while I was fighting him, she came back...I was still fighting him.)
Anyway, the fishing was great, I ended up with 1 puny Common Carp, 1 Rainbow Trout, 2 Redear Sunfish, and 1 Fallfish, all caught in that pocket. Like I said above, the fish do not hang out here because the spot is too revealing, but they will come in on occasion. That could be every minute or every hour, no one knows. I caught them all on Trout Magnet under a strike indicator. I did not use fluoro only because I forgot it, but I still ended up with some fish. a small size BB or B split shot about 4 inches above the Trout Magnet is necessary as there is a lot of current here. The magic depth was around 3 feet, (between the jig and the strike indicator). My website url is www.devinsfishingreports.com.
Posted on March 5, 2012 | Permalink
A Stream with Holdovers
Location: Frederick County Trout Stream
I have hit quite a few streams the last week that still have a couple fish leftover from the Fall Stocking in September or October, these two streams have not been stocked this Spring yet. Out of the two streams, I have caught 12 Rainbows, 1 Redear Sunfish, 1 Bluegill, and 2 L.M. Bass (where'd they come from?). All fish were released to bring a smile to another person's face. They were all mostly fat and a couple were just long. They were caught in the back of deep pools, they were not wasting much energy at all just sitting on the stream bed waiting for something to fall prey to it. Most fish were caught on Trout Magnet's 1/64 oz. Shad Dart jig head, the color that caught most was Mealworm and as you can tell by the picture, Chartreuse worked great too. The other fish were caught on homemade spinners, I have been wanting to try this for a while ever since I heard of Frank Nale who just caught his 200000th Trout on homemade spinners and just reached his 1000th day of catching more than 100 Trout in one day. He does his annual Trout Fishing Summary every year on paanglers.com. Anyway after watching lots and lots of videos on Youtube and other media sources, I gathered up a material list. The list went on and on, a quick stop at Lowe's and then asked a friend to pick up a couple things at Bass Pro while he was in Baltimore and then I had all the supplies. I made about 5 before I made a "decent" one, tried it out at this stream after I caught a couple on Trout Magnet and boom! First fish landed on a homemade lure. Once I get the hang of it a little more, I will post a report on it on my blog, (www.devinsfishingreports.com). Fluorocarbon is a must this time of year as this line lets light through unlike mono which lights reflect off of it. I just tie about 18" of 2lb fluoro above my lure/bait, it works good. All in all, it was a pretty good week of fishing, total fish count as of 3/4/2012: 61 Fish, mostly Trout.