- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007


POTOMAC RIVER: 0-35 miles () — At Fletcher”s Cove (Georgetown, off Canal Road; call 202/244-0461), expect catfish and a few bass but slow going overall. Downstream, bass guides Dale Knupp (301/934-9062) and Andy Andrzejewski (301/932-1509) are finding bass, but it’s hard work, they admit. Usually, plastic worms and topwater poppers are the primary lures. In the saltier parts below the Route 301 bridge, trollers using small spoons and bucktails find a few rockfish and blues. The catches increase as you head farther downriver.

WICOMICO RIVER: 55 miles (..) — Some people insist the largest croakers are hooked in this river, but I can’t find anybody to verify it. For boat rentals call Quade’s store in Bushwood (301/769-3903).

MATTAWOMAN CREEK: 40 miles () — If you’re willing to work for your fish, soft plastics, Minus-1 crankbaits and topwater lures can score around milfoil and hydrilla beds.

SO. MARYLAND LAKES: 40-50 miles (..) — Gilbert Run Park”s Wheatley Lake (Route 6, east of La Plata) has sunfish, for sure, but bass are tough to find. At St. Mary’s Lake (south on Route 5, past Leonardtown to Camp Cosoma Road), you will get fat sunnies, a few bass and some catfish. It will get better when cooler weather arrives.

LITTLE SENECA LAKE: 30 miles () — Black Hill Regional Park (off Route 117, near Boyds, 301/972-9396) and nearby Seneca Creek Lake (Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, 301/924-2127) can be fine if you fish early or late. Bass, well-fed bluegills and catfish can be yours.

WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles () — (Triadelphia, off Route 97 or Route 650 in Montgomery County; Rocky Gorge, off Route 29 in Montgomery County) Get there early and work points and stickups with loud surface poppers, then follow up with 4-inch Power Worms or other scented baits. Bass will do the rest.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles () — White perch are plentiful everywhere in the river’s feeder creeks, says the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. If it’s flounder you want, the flatties have been in the mouth of the river with drifted minnows a good way to find them. The Cedar Point area on the south side of the river’s mouth has been alive with rockfish, small blues and some Spanish mackerel.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles () — At Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County) ranger Smokey Davis reports, “Hot weather and low water conditions have made the bass bite really tough. You must fish early or late to have a chance for quality fish. Channel catfish up to seven pounds are being taken regularly on chicken livers. The crappies have gone south, but our bluegills love mealworms. The reservoir is clear with water temperatures in the mid to high 80s.”

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles (..) — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) It’s still slow going for most species, especially bass.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles (..) — DNR biologist John Mullican said the fishing is holding up pretty well despite the heat. Water temperatures in the upper river range from 83 to 87 degrees; the river is low and clear. Water star grass continues to increase, and many shallow areas better resemble a lawn than a river. Nevertheless, smallmouth bass have been taking tubes, grubs and small Power Worms bounced on the bottom. Use weightless-rigged worms on top of vegetation, then pull them into open pockets.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles () — Lake guide Brent Nelson (240/460-8839) says, “Good fishing one day, poor the next, but we’re getting a consistent early morning surface bite for young smallmouth bass. Pop R’s, Rapalas and propeller baits will receive strikes from the bronzebacks, but the bite only lasts until 8 a.m. After the sun rises, we skip plastics under the floating docks and pontoons for largemouth bass. Boat traffic is horrendous.”

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles (..) — There”s still little water coming through Conowingo Dam. The fishing has been slow for stripers and bass.


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