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CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – The fishing conditions might be okay this weekend. We’re hedging because of the ever-changing weather patterns that have plagued local smallmouth bass anglers this spring. The water temperatures will be in the 80s. Summer now has arrived and that means dropping your jigs, grubs, crankbaits and tubes into the deeper pockets often found on the downriver side of large boulders anywhere from Washington to Montgomery counties.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Lake guide Brent Nelson (captbrentnelson@gmail.com) recommends fishing for smallmouth bass around rocky points with jerkbaits and medium-diving crankbaits. The coves are home to a fine mix of pickerel, yellow perch and large sunfish, while the largemouths have taken up station under floating docks and various blowdowns in deep-water coves. Some walleyes are hooked on colorful tubes, crankbaits or on live minnows.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – The Conowingo Dam releases water around the noon hour these days and that can be promising for fishermen who hope to find an errant rockfish now and then, certainly white perch and catfish that actually can be hooked from the dam to Port Deposit and on toward Havre de Grace, also out on the Susquehanna Flats

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – In the upper Bay, spoon and bucktail trollers will find action along the edges of channels. The action can begin at the Chester River’s Love Point and continue down to the Bay Bridge and Eastern Bay. During the early hours, chum baits have been working as well as anything. And here’s a rare catch we didn’t hear about until it was too late for last week’s fishing report: Angler Ray Sandy was trolling aboard a Rock Hall charter boat last Saturday when a 75-pound black drum struck his trolled spoon. What a catch! It’s especially noteworthy when you consider that very few of the big drumfish are hooked this year in their traditional May-June hangouts at Stone Rock and Sharps Island Light. In Southern Maryland waters, rockfish are hooked by trollers, live-liners, jig bouncers and crab or bloodworm-using bottom fishermen. Our friend Ken Lamb said that big schools of mixed size stripers have been hanging around an area from just a little north of Cove Point to the Gas Docks, mostly inside the boundary buoys. Be sure to carry along spinning rods with surface poppers on the line because the rockfish are sure to erupt on top of the water at some time every day. Lamb said if the regular popper isn’t struck, try removing the hooks on one of the lures and tie a 14-inch leader to the lure, which in turn holds a big shad dart and a strip of porkrind. Night fishing for croakers is getting more consistent now over the Middle Grounds. Christy Henderson, of Buzz’s Marina in St. Jerome’s Creek sent us a photo of a Walforf, Md., angler, Gary Masters, who caught a 22-1/2-inch-long flounder in the mouth of the creek.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Croakers, small bluefish, white perch and mixed sizes of striped bass are available from the mouth and close insides of the Rappahannock River up to all the waters of the Northern Neck close to the Bay. Down the Chesapeake, Super lady angler Julie Ball (www.drjball.com) and a fishing pal, Bill Knapp, have been scoring on fat sheepshead around the Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Quite a few were of citation size and one weighed 12 pounds. Wow! Julie also reported that some anglers see cobias on the surface in the lower Bay and near the Bay Bridge-Tunnel, she said, “The fish are slow to respond to casters. Although working hard for their catches, most sight casters are finding that eels are their best bet.” Ball added that the flounder scene is holding up well fff Kiptopeke and near the four islands of the Bay Bridge Tunnel. “Anglers are finding luck working jigs and live bait around the pilings and the tubes of the Bridge-Tunnel, as well as drifting strip baits and minnows along drop-offs and channels.” The fourth island has been particularly productive.

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Croakers, small rockfish, white perch and even channel catfish have been hooked from Castle Haven Point in the lower Choptank River up toward Cambridge. Occasionally, good catches are reported from the fishing bridge that spans the river as you come into town.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – The week has been only fair for bass fishermen in the Snow Hill and Shad Landing sectors. Of course, with the rain there haven’t been as many anglers out.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – The Marshyhope Creek in the Federalsburg continues to deliver at least a few bass and perch or crappies. By and large, though, this makes for a long expensive drive if you’re coming from the western shore.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – Early and late hours can deliver good strikes from stripers around the place they call the “Split,” but do not overlook the bass that hang out in sunken brush or close to beaver huts up and down the lake. Shaky-head worms and craw baits will do the job. Catfish are always willing.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – Forget it up and down the river for the next few days. Biologist John Odenkirk said the river will be high, swift and muddy for a few days. He said, with a little luck and no more rain you might be able to wet a line by the weekend.

LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles – Good sunfish flyrod popping any time of day, but the bass play hide and seek when the sun boils down. Plastic worms, fished slowly, can draw one to strike around sunken obstacles.

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