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CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

 UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – DNR river biologist John Mullican says if no further thunderstorms materialize, the weekend will be good for smallmouth bass, scattered walleyes and channel catfish. Earlier this week, the river was still high, but rapidly improving. I’m praying that heavy rains stay away even though severe weather is being forecast in the general region.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Lake guide Brent Nelson (captbrentnelson@gmail.com) will be hooking largemouth and smallmouth bass as skips soft plastics and jig’n’pig lures under boat docks and around points and dropoffs in the various coves. Fat bluegills, pike and yellow perch are available.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – The Maryland DNR recently electro-shocked Conowingo Reservoir and found excellent numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as large bluegills, crappies and walleyes. The bass fishing below the dam and heading into Havre de Grace has been below average, however.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND:  45-75 miles – Christy Henderson of Buzz’s Marina (St. Jerome’s Creek, St. Mary’s County) said, “The big stripers are not gone.” To prove it, she sent a photo of two young lady anglers, Ashley MacDonald and Katie Arnold holding rockfish that measured 36 and 37 inches, respectively. They were bringing in the trolling lines near Buoy 72 when the stripers struck the last two lines that remained in the water. “We also have had acres of breaking fish from the Woodrow Wilson Reef down to Point Lookout,” said Christy. Bay and river expert Ken Lamb says that rockfish are hooked pretty much all over the Bay. Some anglers are finding limit catches at the Calvert Cliffs; others score around the Patuxent’s Cedar Point. Trollers and chummers score on stripers up and down the Bay and one boater spotted a huge school of medium-size bluefish erupting on the surface near Buoy 72. The blues are coming into Maryland even though the Bay’s salinity has dropped quite a bit. No word yet about any black drum catches at Rock and Sharps Island Light.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Stripers and increasing numbers of bluefish are seen south of the Maryland state line and if it’s large croakers you  want, the lower Rappahannock River has been giving up real whoppers. Farther down the Bay, Dr. Ken Neill says that some large speckled trout are being caught in the Mobjack Bay area. Look also for the Bluefish Rock to give up flounder and any day the Bridge-Tunnel and Bluefish Rock should see cobias — possibly by the time you read this. It’s time for those fighting cobias invade the lower Bay. The cobia bite has been very good off Cape Hatteras and Oregon Inlet and now they’re moving toward the Chesapeake.

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – A few nice rockfish are taken inside the river mouth by casters and trollers. Increasing numbers of white perch are noted by Cambridge’s anglers standing on the fishing bridge that spans the river. Even a striper or two is hooked now and then, but when you head upstream, to Denton and beyond, looking for largemouth bass, the success rates aren’t the best.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – A few decent-size bass are caught on Mann’s Baby 1-Minus lures cast around flooded tree roots, brush and spatterdock .fields between Snow Hill and Shad Landing. Early hours or overcast skies are perfect for casting a Pop’R surface lure now.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – The Marshyhope Creek in the Federalsburg area is good for a couple of good bass that usually go after Paca Craws and Strike King Rage Tails, as well as soft finesse worms. The stump and piling areas in the creek hold bass, crappies and some fine sunfish. If the bass won’t look at the plastics, try a topwater popper before you head home.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – Our lakeside informant said that after a hectic Memorial Day weekend, fishermen now can again target both bass and stripers with topwater lures during low-light conditions. Bass are mainly in the willow grass and around docks. The stripers are found mostly downlake below the Route 208 Bridge. Crappies can be taken next to many of the bridge foundations throughout the lake. Look for water of at least 30-feet and rig the slip bobbers to dangle minnows in the 20-foot range. Catfish like chicken liver baits.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – Virginia state biologist John Odenkirk had a great float trip in the upper river, starting around Ely’s Ford. He and a fishing pal caught many smallmouth bass from 12 to 18 inches. “The river was in good shape,” he said. Odenkirk also said that in the tidal waters below Fredericksburg, the migratory species have departed for the  year, but largemouth bass should be biting south of town. That means the areas from Hicks Landing down to Leedstown ought to be good picks.

LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles – Sunfish galore for flyroddeers and worm-and-bobber anglers. The bass fishing might be a bit slow now since the post-spawn period is underway for a little while, but some largemouths will be hooked. So will fat crappies.

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