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AREA 1: D.C. AND VICINITY

POTOMAC RIVER: 0-35 miles (…) — At Fletcher’s Cove (Georgetown, off Canal Road; call 202/244-0461) anglers will be greeted by typical summertime fishing. There will be channel “cats,” a few bass, sunfish and perch and maybe a walleye or two. From the District down to Charles County and Virginia’s Fairfax and Prince William counties, the best advice coming from bass experts is to fish the grass beds. Cast jerkbaits, weedless topwater lures and such early in the day, then switch to plastics. Some bass hounds are “crashing” through the middle of the weed carpets, using heavy pegged slip sinkers with their plastic worms or multiappendaged “creature” baits. All of the main stem’s weed beds and the feeder creeks’ milfoil or hydrilla patches can be productive. In the saltier portions of the river, croakers are available, but finding a decent school can be tough. They have been caught in the deep drops just outside Capt. Billy’s Restaurant in Pope’s Creek, as well as downstream by the mouth of the Wicomico and on toward Tall Timbers, Blackiston Island and in the deeper waters of Cornfield Harbor. The river’s rockfish trollers score around Piney Point and St. George’s Island, as well as at the mouth of the Coan River on the Virginia side. Some flounder are possible at Cornfield Harbor.

WICOMICO RIVER: 55 miles (…) — Croakers are available, but again this week some boaters complained of mediocre catches. Others, even Chaptico Wharf pier anglers, said they did well after sunset. Boat rentals, bait and snacks are available at Quade’s store in Bushwood (301/769-3903).

MATTAWOMAN CREEK: 40 miles (…) — Work the weed beds with grass frogs and other weedless topwater lures early in the day. Scented plastics do well as the sun rises. Check out also any sunken wood. A few heavy channel catfish are seen in the deep creek bends. They like clam snouts on the bottom.

SO. MARYLAND LAKES: 40-50 miles (..) — At Gilbert Run Park’s Wheatley Lake (Route 6, east of La Plata), Bluegills, a few crappies and throw-back bass are caught. At St. Mary’s Lake (south on Route 5, past Leonardtown to Camp Cosoma Road) surprisingly good bass fishing was enjoyed by members of a bass club that held a tournament here last weekend.

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) are sure to bring a bass or two, good catfish opportunities and plenty of sunfish that will hammer a fly-rod popping bug or slow-sinking black gnat. Crappies are hooked now and then.

WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles (…) — (Triadelphia, off Route 97 or Route 650 in Montgomery County; Rocky Gorge, off Route 29 in Montgomery County) Even though hot, humid weather is returning, good bass fishing has been the rule for those who know how to work a plastic worm or tube jig around sunken brush, lake point dropoffs and waterlogged boulders. Crappies are scattered, but sunfish are plentiful in both lakes.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles (…) — Croaker continue to be plentiful in the deeper holes of the river. Ken Lamb reports that Norfolk spot are schooled up in the river from Half Pone Point to the mouth, many of them quite large. The spot are also in the bay at Second Beach, Little Cove Point and Cove Point. White perch bite in all the feeder creeks and main stem rockwalls and docks.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles (…) — At Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County), ranger Smokey Davis said, “Low water conditions and warmer weather have made bass harder to come by, but soft plastics fished in the main lake channel off points are still producing some quality fish. The catfish bite remains strong. The reservoir’s clear water is seven to eight feet below normal pool. Boaters should use caution when launching their craft. This is especially true at the Bull Run Marina ramp. Bluegills are everywhere, but crappies are hard to find.”

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles (…) — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) Good early and late hour bass fishing, but the crappies are playing hard to get all of a sudden. Sunfish galore await.

AREA 2: CENTRAL, WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles (…) — Waders or anglers in small johnboats fish among the rocks and deeper pools, looking for smallmouth bass and finding them, too. Fringed tubes, small crankbaits or Zoom Fluke jerkbaits connect from Washington County down to Montgomery County. Some decent walleyes are hooked with crankbaits after sunset.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles (…) — Lake guide Brent Nelson (240/460-8839) reports, “The lake’s fishing remains good, with plenty of largemouth bass hitting Senkos and jigs with trailers around docks and pontoon boats. The smallmouth bass go after topwater plugs on main-lake points early and late in the day. Walleyes prefer fuzzy jigs tipped with minnow, or you can troll a crankbaits. The kids will have a fine time with big yellow perch and bluegills.”

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles (..) — Not much improvement over last week as far as bass catches are concerned.

AREA 3: CHESAPEAKE BAY

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