- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2007

AREA 1: D.C. AND VICINITY

POTOMAC RIVER: 0-35 miles (….) — At Fletcher’s Cove (Georgetown, off Canal Road; call 202/244-0461), there will be fat catfish and occasional bass and walleyes in the main stem. The rest of the tidal river from the District to western Charles County will see 200 bass boats as the Wal-Mart FLW bass tournament gets under way this morning out of Smallwood State Park in Charles County. The event will be headquartered in Charles County through tomorrow but shifts to Anacostia Park on Saturday and Sunday with a reduced number of competitors. The final two weigh-ins will be held at D.C. Armory. Go to flwoutdoors.com for additional information. Meanwhile, the bass are biting in main-stem grass patches and along marsh banks and weed beds in the feeder creeks on both sides of the river. Early hour topwater catches are made, but soft plastics are the go-to baits most of the day. South of the Port Tobacco River, expect croakers, spot, perch and small rockfish, especially from St. Clements down toward St. George’s Island and on to Point Lookout.

WICOMICO RIVER: 55 miles (…) — Rental boaters at Quade’s store in Bushwood are doing well on the croakers. Some have measured up to 19 inches. The best baits have been bloodworms, squid, shrimp and even nightcrawlers. The perch and spot are also biting, but the spot are small.

MATTAWOMAN CREEK: 40 miles (…) — It’s a bad idea to launch a boat at Smallwood today and tomorrow because the tournament competitors will receive favored treatment and the people who paid for the launch ramps will be asked to wait. The bass are biting.

SO. MARYLAND LAKES: 40-50 miles (…) — Gilbert Run Park’s Wheatley Lake (Route 6, east of La Plata) gave me several fly-rod bass and nice bluegills. Anglers cannot keep bass here any day of the year. At St. Mary’s Lake (south on Route 5, past Leonardtown, to Camp Cosoma Road), however, the bass-keeping season opens Saturday. Read the sign at the park for restrictions. Crappies and fat bluegills are waiting.

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) will turn up some nice bass now that the spawning has ended. Crappies, sunfish and catfish are biting.

WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles (…) — (Triadelphia, off Route 97 or Route 650 in Montgomery County; Rocky Gorge, off Route 29 in Montgomery County) Starting Saturday anglers may keep bass. Crappies and sunfish are plentiful, as are catfish.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles (…) — Lexington Park’s Tackle Box reports that boat renters at Bunky’s in Solomons are catching hardheads even in the daytime, although the dark or early hours are best. The St. Mary’s side along the dropoff from Green Holly to the mouth of Town Creek is best, the store’s Ken Lamb said. The 20-foot ledge from Sandy Point to Point Patience also has croaker, with the fish hiding in 90 feet of water under the bridge, near the Solomons pier. Hardheads are hooked at the Hawk’s Nest at the mouth of Cuckold Creek, Helen’s Bar, St Leonard’s Lump and Sheridan Point. White perch are in the creeks. They like small spinnerbaits or Mini-Traps.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles (…) — From Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County) ranger Smokey Davis said “Reports of anglers catching 20 or more fish ranging from 13 to 17 inches are common.” Early hour buzzbaits, lipless crankbaits, Texas-rigged plastic worms or lizards and tube jigs produce. Crappies are in brush piles and beaver huts. Minnows or small, white jigs under a bobber are the best baits.

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles (…) — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) Crappies, bass and catfish are willing. The bass definitely go for 4-inch scented Power Worms and the like.

AREA 2: CENTRAL, WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles (…) — Upper river smallmouth bass have been going for chartreuse/pepper flake tubes as well as white grubs and small crankbaits. Anglers good at jigging orange or bright red curly tailed grubs over a rocky bottom in deep holes might come up with a couple walleyes, especially in Washington County waters. There’s always a chance for a tiger muskie.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles (…) — Some of this lake’s bass are still in a spawning mode, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Enough action, however, can be had skipping tubes and plastic worms under floating boat docks. Big bluegills are still on their beds in the coves. Need a guide? Call Brent Nelson, 240/460-8839.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles (…) — The water near the dam has been so low that the guys are out in the river jumping from rock to rock, casting white Sassy Shads or livelining a perch. Bass are scored on the Susquehanna Flats, with weedless-rigged worms, flukes, and tubes working best in the dense grasses. Some nice bass are taken around docks and seawalls in Havre de Grace.

AREA 3: CHESAPEAKE BAY

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