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PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles – White perch are plentiful and big this time of year, said Ken Lamb. Use Beetlespin lures on the main river and in the feeder creeks. For example, Lamb told me that fishermen could hook a perch on every cast inside St. Leonard’s Creek, to mention just one of the feeders. Don’t overlook Battle Creek and all the others. As an aside, Lamb caught three puppy drum this week while casting Beetlespin lures for perch. “These redfish were about 11 inches long and were a welcome sight because they are the first I have seen this year,” he said. “Last year, they were plentiful beginning in June.” However, before you keep one remember that the puppy drum must measure at least 18 inches. Spot are strongly present in the mouth of the river, at Sandy Point, Fishing Point, Hog Island, Green Holly, Seven Gables and the Hawk’s Nest. They love cut pieces of bloodworm.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles – Bass fishermen need to be here early if they want to enjoy success in the currently heated water. Crankbaits, soft plastic craws and worms can do the job, as can hard jerkbaits worked erratically along creeks that show shallow water with nearby deep water drops. Catfish and sunfish round out the fishing from Fountainhead up to Bull Run.

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – A smartly cast topwater buzzbait before the sun rises too high can produce bass, but when it heats up switch to plastic worms and craws anywhere you can find shallow-to-deep points, brush, sunken wood and such. Sunfish are easy to hook on small popping bugs or with live nightcrawler pieces. The crappies have gone on strike apparently.

CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – Shallow, rock-laden stretches from Little Orleans in western Maryland down to Dickerson in Montgomery County — a long stretch of river — produce smallmouth bass in the 9- to 12-inch range. Use tubes, jigs, grubs, small topwater poppers and buzzbaits. Occasional walleyes are taken, but those catches are more by accident than targeted deliberately. Catfish are available up and down the river.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Lake guide Brent Nelson (captbrentnelson@gmail.com) agrees that weedbed edges and sharp drops alongside lake points and deepwater coves will deliver strikes from bass. The rock-laden points and adjacent dropoffs might also bring a walleye if you crank in a lipped lure or a colorful tube or jig. By the way, this lake is justly famous for its large bluegills and yellow perch, so don’t overlook the possibilities.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – Not exactly the best place for bass right now, but some are caught with soft plastics and spinnerbaits in the Havre de Grace marinas and adjacent shoreline wood. The Flats hold some bass, catfish and maybe a striper or two, but nothing is guaranteed.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – The rockfish parade has not seen any signs of letting up. In fact, instead of anglers finding only small specimens, some of the boaters are lucky enough to catch truly nice-size stripers. For example, charter fishing captain Jeff Popp (410-790-2015) sent word that he has been doing very well live-lining Norfolk spot at the Gas Docks and proved as much with a photo of a customer, Chris Sullivan, of Hampstead, Md., who caught a 35-inch striper. “Everybody on board caught limits of fish, he said.” Then comes .Ken Lamb, of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park, who said, “Rockfish are concentrated from Cedar Point north to the Gooses. Big ‘rock’ are caught by live-liners north of the Gas Docks boundary line. Some of these fish are in excess of 20 pounds and great fun on light tackle. The catches are consistent of typical fish of 18 to 24 inches, but lunkers can take the bait at anytime. Trollers are finding them too, and lure casters are getting them when they feed on the surface. Some jig users found stripers in the Cedar Point Rip.” Elsewhere, live-lining and trolling striper fishermen are scoring from the lower end of the bay’s Eastern Shore side clear up to Love Point in Kent County, with similar success enjoyed on the western side from the Annapolis area south to the aforementioned Gas Docks, but also Point No Point and Point Lookout’s deeper outside edges.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – In the waters between Smith Point and the Rappahannock River mouth, not only are boaters finding rockfish they’re finally connecting on a few bluefish, usually in the chum lines set up for stripers. Down toward the mouth of the bay, the cobias have arrived in better numbers. One of the best fishermen anywhere, the dentist Dr. Ken Neill, sent a photo of 7-year-old Brandon Drewry who landed a 79-pound cobia not far from the Bridge-Tunnel. Brandon’s catch beats the current Small-Fry World Record by a half pound. A photo of the boy and his cobia can be seen on www.genemuellerfishing.com. Neill added that sight casters have been doing very well over the past week. Capt. Jorj Head got three cobias yesterday and five the day before. If it’s flounder you prefer, the Bridge-Tunnel’s pilings and islands are home to plenty of the flatfish.

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Pretty good fish catches are promised in the mouth and up the river for some distance. Croakers, perch, rockfish and spot. The disappointing news is the lack of good bass fishing in the upper portions of the river. The bass in many areas have simply vanished.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – From Snow Hill down to Shad Landing you’ll hook a decent largemouth now and then. Mann’s Bay 1-Minus crankbaits have again begun to deliver the goods in flooded shoreline wood and tree roots.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – Marshyhope Creek near Federalsburg and the upper Delaware parts of the river are good for bass if you start early and hope for a good moving tide. A variety of lures work, but I’d be using a shallow crankbait and a Chatterbait around old sunken dock pilings and in the main stem, spatterdock pockets.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

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