- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2007

AREA 1: D.C. AND VICINITY

POTOMAC RIVER: 0-35 miles () — At Fletcher“s Cove (Georgetown, off Canal Road; call 202/244-0461) Ray Fletcher says not many fishermen are showing up because of the heat. “We’re catching a few large- and smallmouth bass and some hefty catfish,” he said. Downriver, because of this bullish heat, bass guide Dale Knupp (301/934-9062) tries to get out early and return early. “But the fishing can be very good,” he said, pointing out that dawn-hour topwater lures do well around grass beds and wood, followed by midmorning plastic worms and craws. This applies to the main stem and the creeks between Washington and western Charles County. Farther down, south of the Route 301 bridge, croakers are found in deep pockets clear down to Point Lookout. Flounder catches are increasing, with the river’s Cornfield Harbor the best bet, though some are taken near the St. George’s Island shoreline’s deepwater dropoffs.

WICOMICO RIVER: 55 miles () — Quade’s store in Bushwood (301/769-3903) sees rental boaters coming in with croakers, but the darker the day and higher the tide, the better the catches will be. Even pier anglers score then.

MATTAWOMAN CREEK: 40 miles () — Has everybody grown tired of seeing bass tournaments coming out of the Smallwood State Park area? Our group of bass anglers has, and we wished the state would step in and restore some normalcy. The bass fishing could be fine, but you can’t move without bumping into a tournament boat.

SO. MARYLAND LAKES: 40-50 miles (..) — Gilbert Run Park”s Wheatley Lake (Route 6, east of La Plata) sees reduced bluegill and bass action because of the heat. At St. Mary’s Lake (south on Route 5 past Leonardtown to Camp Cosoma Road) it’s pretty much the same, but chances for bass and panfish are better.

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) deliver early hour bass, sunfish and catfish. Forget it during the noon hour.

WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles () — (Triadelphia, off Route 97 or Route 650 in Montgomery County; Rocky Gorge, off Route 29 in Montgomery County) Lake points with sharp dropoffs on either side can turn up sizable bass if you use scented plastics. Sunfish and crappies are in sunken brush.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles () — There are croakers during the dark hours, some rockfish for trollers of small bucktails inside the river and lots of white perch in the creeks. Flounder numbers are slowly increasing around the mouth.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles () — At Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County) ranger Smokey Davis reports, “Hot weather and low water have made bass harder to come by, but those who know how to fish Carolina-rigged plastics and drop-shot rigs can catch quality fish off main lake points, humps and deep blowdowns. The catfish bite has been very good with chicken livers and clam snouts the baits of choice. Lots of hand-sized bluegills are caught from the pier and boardwalk on mealworms or small pieces of nightcrawlers.”

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles () — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) Early hour sunfish, bass and crappies are possible, but the heat has taken a mighty toll on anglers and fish.

AREA 2: CENTRAL, WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles () — From the DNR’s John Mullican comes the following: “Water conditions on the upper Potomac are low and clear, and aquatic vegetation is becoming extensive in many areas. At Seneca, Edwards Ferry, and Whites Ferry vegetation is beginning to impede navigation and is making fishing more difficult.” However, smallmouths are willing to look at grubs, jigs, spinners, streamers and even topwater poppers from as far down as Edwards Ferry and as far up as Taylor’s Landing in Washington County.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles () —It’s summertime; speed boats and jet skis rule, but some bass and walleyes are caught, not to mention well-fed bluegills and yellow perch. Call Brent Nelson, 240/460-8839.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles (..) — Low water continues. The fishing is mediocre. Some bass and small rockfish are taken between Conowingo and Havre de Grace.

AREA 3: CHESAPEAKE BAY

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