BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – The bass will hop onto a buzzbait or a Pop’R popper during low light conditions, but when the sun is up switch to Texas-rigged 4-inch Power Worms or some kind of finesse worm on a shaky-head rig. The crappies are beginning to settle in on brush piles. Do the small jig-and-bobber thing for good results.
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UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – It finally makes sense to come up to the mountains and go after smallmouth bass (maybe even a tiger muskie) in Washington County and downstream toward Montgomery County. The walleyes are around, but they are well scattered and tough to find. The smallmouths will look at a white or chartreuse fringed tube jig, small pig’n’jig lures in brown or black, even quarter-ounce red/brown crankbaits that can do well in the deep-water holes below large rock formations.
DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Lake guide Brent Nelson (email@example.com) is finding bass for his clients. The largemouths have been going after grubs, jig’n’pigs, jerkbaits and even some topwater lures under docks or the deeper coves. Walleyes have been hanging around lake points. A deep-running crankbait in red or red/chartreuse can work.
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – Bass fishing has picked up a bit in the Havre de Grace area and even up in Port Deposit where occasional smallmouth bass are taken along with the largemouths among river rocks on the town’s shoreline. Scattered rockfish are possible below the Conowingo Dam and they’ll look at a Rebel or Rapala diving/floating jerkbait.
MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – Norm Braveman, of Rockville, won last week’s light tackle category in the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) Kent Narrows Catch and Release Tournament with a 31-1/4-inch rockfish, and Jeff Nicklason, of Grasonville, topped the fly division with a 24-5/8-inch striper. Some of the tournament participants also caught four black drum over 40 inches long during the day. The drum were released. Down in the lowest Maryland parts of the Bay, night trips to the Middle Grounds for croaker have begun in earnest. The Tackle Box’s Ken Lamb said that Capt. Lew Tippett on the “Stephen D” was out earlier this week and limited out on croakers. “The bigger fish (15 to 18 inches) are caught the last hour before dark,” said Lamb and then pointed out that when the sun sets the 10 to 12 inch croakers take over. If you enjoy fishing the Point Lookout area, Capt. Lore is now running the headboat “Olympus” and most everyone is getting plenty of croakers and other species. Daytime chummers and trollers score around the Targets, below Cedar Point, and the Middle Grounds near buoy 72. Lure casters have hooked rockfish on surface poppers near the mouth of St. Jerome’s Creek. Norfolk apot are coming on and soon there’ll be enough to use as bait for live-liners hoping to catch rockfish. Small bluefish and young speckled trout show up now and then.
VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – The fishing dentist, Dr. Ken Neill, said that cobia have arrived in the [lower] Chesapeake Bay. “Cobia have been caught by both chumming and sight fishing this week. Black drum are schooling around the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and red drum can be caught up on the shoals.” Boats cruising around looking for cobia are also encountering them. Dr. Neill also said that sheepshead have arrived at the Bridge-Tunnel, but spadefish have not made a good showing, although the hot weather will help bring them in. Small bluefish are all over the lower bay. A few fat flounder are hooked along the Bridge-Tunnel islands and abutments.
CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Rockfish and white perch are hooked in the river’s mouth, with occasional stripers and increasing numbers of perch taken from the Cambridge’s Route 50 fishing bridge.
POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – Spatterdock fields and flooded tree roots on shore deliver fair numbers of bass. Use shallow-running crankbaits or finesse worms.
NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – The Marshyhope Creek in the Federalsburg is as good a place as any to start hunting for bass with worms and early morning poppers. Main river bass action sometimes is confined to the weeds and spatterdock edges up the river in Seaford, Del. Crankbaits, small spinnerbaits and 4-inch Power Worms have done the job.
LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – It’s been a tough week for largemouth bass anglers, but catfish fans are all smiles with willing fish found all over the lake. Most are in the 1- to 3-pound range; they like chicken liver baits in 5 to 10 feet of water. Trollers are starting to connect on stripers, but live bait fishermen get better results. Look for the crappies to be around deep water bridge pilings. Water temperatures in the mid-lake portions have been hitting the 85-degree mark.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – The river is very fishable, especially in the upper non-tidal portions above Fredericksburg where smallmouth bass hold court. Flukes, tubes, small crankbaits do the job in the rock beds and shaded shoreline stretches. In tidal bass waters below town, the largemouth fishing has been good for boaters working plastic worms, shallow crankbaits and Chatterbaits. Try surface poppers early in the day if you see open pockets in spatterdock patches.