- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2007


POTOMAC RIVER: 0-35 miles () — At Fletcher”s Cove (Georgetown, off Canal Road; call 202/244-0461) there will be a variety of species available. Catfish will bite for sure, but there’s also a chance of hooking bass, walleyes and various sunfish or perch. In the water below the District, bass guide Dale Knupp (301/934-9062) connects on bass in main-stem grass patches and most of the feeder creeks, where the “hot” bite comes along the edges of marsh banks near creek channel waters. Early morning topwater poppers followed by soft, scented plastic worms or “creature” baits when the sun cooks the water can do the job. I’ve been doing well with unweighted garlic-scented Zero worms cast to marsh banks and wood cover. The Zero, made by Strike King, sinks fairly fast even without a slip sinker and the bass do the rest when they catch the aroma. The lower river, once you get to the mouth of the Wicomico and continue down to Tall Timbers and on to Point Lookout, turns up a good mix of perch, small spot and average size croakers, plus scattered keeper rockfish and some flounder.

WICOMICO RIVER: 55 miles () — The best croaker catches are made after sundown, but even daytime hours deliver the goods. Not many large croakers are taken, but the fish are biting if you locate one of the many pods of hardheads inside the river. Some perch and spot are taken as well.

MATTAWOMAN CREEK: 40 miles () — You will find bass from the Burn Point and Deep Point area of the creek up toward the back side of Marsh Island and on into the “no wake” zone up to Slavins ramp and beyond. Plastic worms, jig”n”craws and early hour topwater lures will work.

SO. MARYLAND LAKES: 40-50 miles () Gilbert Run Park“s Wheatley Lake (Route 6, east of La Plata) has sunfish and catch-and-release bass that are willing, but the better fishing comes at St. Mary’s Lake (south on Route 5 past Leonardtown to Camp Cosoma Road), where bass, fat bluegills, crappies and even some pickerel will make an outing worthwhile. One bass hound said he caught largemouths on a 1/4-ounce topwater buzzbait, but short plastic worms and shallow crankbaits are good, too.

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) delivers fly-rod bluegills if that’s your game, but most of the anglers here are after bass, and they connect with small jerkbaits, plastic worms or 1/4-ounce crankbaits. Catfish are hungry. Use clam necks or nightcrawlers.

WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles () — (Triadelphia, off Route 97 or Route 650 in Montgomery County; Rocky Gorge, off Route 29 in Montgomery County) After last week’s complaint about a lack of crappies, a Rockville reader called to say he hasn’t had any trouble catching crappies. “You have to find sunken brush in the backs of deep coves and you’ll score,” Fred Williams said.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles () — Some decent flounder and fat hardheads are hooked in the mouth of the river. Now add a chance for keeper rockfish and you will be wise to visit here. Rental boaters at Bunky’s on Solomons Island are scoring on croakers and spot, with croakers ranging up to and past Greenwell State Park. White perch are increasing in numbers in the feeder creeks.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles () — At Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County) and up the lake to Bull Run you will have an easy time hooking feisty bluegills with fly-rod poppers. The bass like jerkbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms or jig”n”craws, but early hour topwaters also work around blowdowns, creek mouth points and the like.

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles () — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) One e-mailer tells us the bass have been crazy about a Senko worm fished without a slip sinker. He works the lake points as early as he can before the children show up and begin to squeal.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles () — Now is a great time to go wading from Knoxville down to Point of Rocks. Pick your spots carefully, though, lest you fall into a river hole. When I wade I wear a zip-up life vest that holds a small box of lures, and it can save my life if I slip into deep water. The smallmouth bass will cooperate if you throw tube grubs, 1/4-ounce crankbait in crawfish patterns or a simple Mepps Spinner No. 3.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles () — Large- and smallmouth bass are jumping on tubes or small jig’n’craws when pitched under floating boat docks. Some walleyes are hooked on colorful chartreuse or pink curly tailed grubs. For a fun outing, book guide Brent Nelson, 240/460-8839.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles () — Some good bass are taken on the Susquehanna Flats. Thick milfoil water weeds and soft jerkbaits, such as a white Zoom Fluke, will work. Inside the river up toward Port Deposit you will find some largemouths on plastic worms and spinnerbaits.


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