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OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles (★★★) — From Fountainhead Park (Route 123, Fairfax County) ranger Smokey Davis said, “The crappie and catfish bite remains strong, but bass are a little tougher to come by. Early and late topwater baits have worked well but come sun-up the bass suspend in deep water and are tougher to catch. Deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics, fished in the mouths of long, deep coves and off deep main-lake points produced some quality fish last week. The reservoir remains at full pool, clear with surface temperatures in the mid to high 80’s.”

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles (★★) — (Ox Road, Route 123, Fairfax County) Fish early and yhou’ll hook a topwater lure-loving bass around various lake points and brushy areas. After sun-up, switch to soft plastics. Bluegills are everywhere, but try to find a crappie. They’re here, but they aren’t biting most days.

AREA 2: CENTRAL, WESTERN MARYLAND

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles (★★★) — The upper river shows pretty good fishing for smallmouth bass, but remember that the water levels are down, which is fine for wading.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles (★★★) — Lake guide Brent Nelson (240/460-8839) said, “Deep Creek Lake has been tough to fish. We are taking a few smallmouth bass on Tiny Torpedoes and [other] propeller baits early in the morning on main-lake points. After the sun rises, we go to the docks for largemouth bass using 4-inch stick baits, rigged wacky-style. We’ll catch a few, but not many. A few walleyes will hit drifted minnows near grass lines in deeper water.Remind anglers to go early and come in before noon. Boat traffic is horrendous.”

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles (★★★) — There’s a chance of hooking a rockfish in the deep pool below Conowingo Dam, but not many fishermen score. Use a Chug Bug or Striper Swiper topwater lure or a jerkbait when water is released in the evening hours.

AREA 3: CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles (★★★) — Christy Henderson of Buzz’s Marina (buzzsmarina.com) on St. Jerome’s Creek in St. Mary’s County, said, “The Spanish mackerel fishing is getting a little better. There were good concentrations of them between buoys 1 and 3 in the mouth of the Potomac. and in the Middle Grounds. Flounder fishing is picking up some with a ratio of about four sub legals to one keeper. There are some rockfish schooling up at Cornfield Harbor and nighttime fishing is still producing jumbo croakers in the Middle Grounds with more and more red drum ( a.k.a. redfish, channel bass) being caught as well. One man reported a large school of large red drum rolling on top on Saturday. The bluefish are everywhere and more in the four to five pound range were caught this week. Rockfish trollers and live-liners in the Bay, from Point No Point to the Gas Docks and north to the Bay Bridges, can do well on various sizes of bluefish and striped bass. But if it’s croakers you’re looking for, the numbers have declined a bit in the upper Bay parts.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles (★★★) — Northern Neck charter fishing captain Billy Pipkin (captbilly@captbillyscharters.com) reports, “Spanish mackerel fishing has been very good. They’ve been widespread throughout the middle Bay. The western shores are holding “Spanish” around the Rappahannock, Great Wicomico and Potomac river mouths. Small spoons trolled at a quick 7 knots have been producing specimens up to 28 inches this week.” Bluefish are everywhere for the trollers, but take along a spinning rod with a popping plug because some of the blues are surfacing and will strike a lure. Rockfish are also among the bluefish schools. Croaker fishing has been best in the mouth of the Rappahannock River. In the lowest parts of the Bay, Julie Ball (www.drjball.com) finds flounder from north of the 4th island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on live bait, while drifters are finding good luck along lower bay channels and shoals, as well as within Lynnhaven Inlet. Nice fish in the 5-pound range are coming from around the 1st island of the Bridge-Tunnel. Croakers are found throughout the lower Bay.

AREA 4: EASTERN SHORE/MARYLAND

CHOPTANK RIVER:120 miles (★★★) — (Route 50 east to Cambridge) Fair to good croaker, spot, perch, snapper blues and rockfish catches in the mouth area. Bass fishing above Denton has been fair.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles (★★★) — (From Snow Hill down to Shad Landing) The largemouth bass catches have held up. Small, shallow-running crankbaits and soft plastics do well around spatterdock edges and in sunken wood and tree roots.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles (★★★) — (Sharptown ramp off Route 313, or use the Marshyhope Creek ramp outside Federalsburg) The bass fishing has its ups and downs here. This week wasn’t a barnburner, but some decent fish were hooked above Sharptown and inside the Marshyhope Creek. Most of them came on jerkbaits and plastic worms, such as the Senko.

AREA 5: CENTRAL VIRGINIA

LAKE ANNA: 82 miles (★★★) — (Route 208, Spotsylvania County) As recommended last week, earlybirds caught some decent rockfish and bass. The lake has been windy over the past several days, so boat traffic wasn’t very busy.

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