Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

World record? Be careful what you fish for …

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PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles – Stripers up to three and four pounds are possible inside the mouth during the early hours of the day. Now and then the rockfish even surface in a feeding frenzy during the day. Always remember that many of the stripers are less than 18 inches long and must be released. The river’s feeder creeks continue to deliver the goods as far as white perch are concerned, while pockets, dips and channels in the main stem hold croakers and plenty of Norfolk spot.

OCCOQUAN RESEROIR: 33 miles — Some of the johnboaters connect on bass during low-light hours when surface lures, such as the Rico or a 1/4-oz. buzzbait can attract a largemouth around waterlogged obstacles, such as sunken tree branches or weed

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – A few bass and lots of sunfish are taken by shoreline and johnboat anglers. But the water is super-heated and it will take a while before things return to normal. In this lake “normal” means the fishing can be very good.

CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – The weekend looks definitely fishable unless monsoon rains arrive without warning. Smallmouth bass, channel catfish, occasional walleyes and fat redbreasted sunfish await visits from Washington County down to Montgomery County.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Local bass hounds score on largemouths under floating docks and around stickups and sunken brush in the feeder creeks. Deep, rock-laden points and shores can give up feisty smallmouth bass and a few fat walleyes.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – Don’t overlook the large catfish that can hooked on cut fish pieces at the base of the Conowingo Dam. If it’s bass you’re after, a few hefty largemouths are taken in marina basins and in the outside portions of the mouth, around blowdowns and logs. Plastic worms and spinnerbaits are the primary lures.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – The Chesapeake Bay is seeing good catches of Spanish mackerel, especially in the Point No Point area, east/northeast of the mouth of St. Jerome’s Creek. However, the “Spanish,” as some insiders refer to them, are fast travelers; they can show up almost anywere. Several photos of weekend Spanish mackerel catches can be seen at www.genemuellerfishing.com. The Bay also has been good for rockfish from above the Bay Bridges to the eastern side of the bay at the False Channel and Choptank River mouth, as well as south to Hooper’s Island Light, Buoy 72, Middle Grounds, and western bay spots from the Gas Docks in Calvert County and on to Smith Point in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Most of the hookups come when anglers use live spot as bait, but some catches are made by topwater lure casters when a sudden surface eruption of feeding fish occurs. Yes, trollers using small umbrella rigs find keeper stripers as well.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Dr. Julie Ball (www.drjball.com) said that large flounder are coming from the third and fourth islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Live bait and jigs dressed with plastics or stripped bait does well around the structure. Flounder catches also made along lower Bay channels, deep water drop-offs, and near buoys 36A, 42, and the Cell. Cobias are beginning their late summer trend of favoring buoys and bridge pilings, and cruising on the surface in lower Bay waters and off the oceanfront. Channelbass provide endless casting action for anglers that occasionally locate large huge roaming schools of the redfish. Croakers are hooked throughout the lower Bay. “Sheepshead are still a sure thing along the Bay Bridge-Tunnel,” said Dr. Ball, “with more fish beginning to respond over the tubes. Smallish spadefish are still available along the Bridge tunnel and around the islands, but most folks are not interested.” The fishing dentist, Dr. Ken Neill, who runs a well-recognized boat out of Virginia Beach, the Healthy Grin, reported that he fished around several lower Bay buoys early this week and caught two small cobias at one marker, while another buoy shaded a third, larger cobia. “I didn’t hit any more buoys as I had to get home,” he said, “but the buoys in the Baltimore Channel [all are] holding cobias.”

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Our friend Carl D. Brown frequently visits the Choptank’s mouth area and here is some excellent advice on how to find fishing action: “The spot are very accommodating,” he began in a note to me. “Just a pinch of bloodworm on a double-hook bottom rig, with spinner blades on the tiny hooks and a 1-ounce sinker and your’e in business. I caught about two dozen in an hour.” The little spot would serve as Mr. Brown’s live-lining bait in a search for rockfish. He anchored in a place known as False Channel. “We were in 24 feet of water, above a gravel or oyster shell bottom. We used a 3-foot fluoro-carbon leader, 6/0 hook and a half-ounce barrel sinker,” he wrote. “The rockfish turned on about 9:30 a.m. We weighed anchor at 11 a.m. to come in before the rain — and to clean fish.”

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – Low fishing pressure, hot water, recent rains did little to improve the bass fishing between Snow Hill and Shad Landing.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – The normally productive Marshyhope Creek near Federalsburg has definitely seen better days as far as bass catches are concerned. The rest of the river isn’t doing any better.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

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