- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001

OUTDOORS

Of all the area's brackish rivers, the Potomac is doing better than most as far as bass are concerned. You'll have to work for your fish, but early hour topwater lures, followed by plastic worms and small crankbaits when the sun is high, can be a winning combination.

Just one reminder: After last week's attack on the Pentagon, the District's waters between Wilson and Key bridges were closed to all boat traffic, which of course included the many bass boaters in these parts. The river is once again open but only between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Coast Guard and harbor patrols, understandably, are very edgy, so please exercise caution and be understanding when you are asked to stop.

Chesapeake Bay boaters, particularly those from Southern Maryland's St. Mary's County, or from the Northern Neck of Virginia, are finding superb numbers of bluefish and sea trout this week. Some of the gray trout and blues will tip the scales at five pounds or more.

In the middle Bay, around Maryland's Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, rockfish that have not yet grown to a state-mandated 18 inches that would make them candidates for the frying pan are everywhere it seems. Trollers and chummers are finding far more sub-legal fish than keepers. By the way, for security reasons, the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is asking boaters to stay one-quarter mile from its facility on the Bay. Please comply.

Of all the area's brackish rivers, the Potomac is doing better than most as far as bass are concerned. You'll have to work for your fish, but early hour topwater lures, followed by plastic worms and small crankbaits when the sun is high, can be a winning combination.

Just one reminder: After last week's attack on the Pentagon, the District's waters between Wilson and Key bridges were closed to all boat traffic, which of course included the many bass boaters in these parts. The river is once again open but only between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Coast Guard and harbor patrols, understandably, are very edgy, so please exercise caution and be understanding when you are asked to stop.

Chesapeake Bay boaters, particularly those from Southern Maryland's St. Mary's County, or from the Northern Neck of Virginia, are finding superb numbers of bluefish and sea trout this week. Some of the gray trout and blues will tip the scales at five pounds or more.

In the middle Bay, around Maryland's Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, rockfish that have not yet grown to a state-mandated 18 inches that would make them candidates for the frying pan are everywhere it seems. Trollers and chummers are finding far more sub-legal fish than keepers. By the way, for security reasons, the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is asking boaters to stay one-quarter mile from its facility on the Bay. Please comply.

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