Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

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WSSC RESERVOIRS: 20-30 miles – Upper ends of Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge lakes will see some murky water, due to heavy rains this week. But bass, crappies and sunfish are available throughout if you concentrate on cover brush, fallen tree trunks or rock beds, especially in the coves of either lake.

PATUXENT RIVER: 25-60 miles – Forget the upper parts of the river. There’ll be muddy water. However, in the lower section, from Solomons out to the mouth, you’ll have croakers and perhaps a few keeper rockfish flitting about.

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 25-30 miles – “The last few days were great for bass and crappies and then the rains came,” said Fountainhead ranger, Smokey Davis. “Some bass were ready to spawn but rising waters may have pulled them back again. Right now the reservoir is rising and the water is heavily stained. With more rain yet to come, conditions will probably worsen but savvy bass anglers will still score by moving away from the banks and fishing deeper in channels and along rock walls. Medium running shad-color crankbaits and swimbaits along the rock walls should produce.”

BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – Crappies, bass, catfish and scattered walleyes are possible. The water will be fishable even after strong downpours.

CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – Forget it this weekend. Upper river specialist John Mullican, of the Maryland DNR, says the river will be muddy and high, not good for fishing. However, although this happened on April 14, the DNR released the information about Kenneth Files, 12, of Falling Waters, W.Va., only a few days ago. The boy fished a high, flood-stage upper Potomac River from shore with his father in the area below Dam Number 4, when a 31.75-pound muskellunge struck the plastic grub he was casting into the stained waters. It turned out to be state record, more than three pounds heavier than the old mark of 28 pounds, which also came from the upper Potomac.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Boaters working hard in the deeper coves of the impoundment, as well as lake points with steadily declining water depths on each side, will find some walleyes, bass and fat yellow perch.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – The river below Conowingo Dam will run fast and it will be strongly discolored. We don’t see much fishing activity there. However, the Susquehanna Flats outside the river mouth show increasing numbers of fair-sized stripers that will occupy these weedy waters here on for some time. Bass Kandy lures and other soft plastic jerkbaits will be looked at by the rockfish.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – The trolling for rockfish can be outstanding over much of the Bay. Although the large trophy stripers that have delighted thousands of recreational fishermen this spring are now slowly heading back down the Bay, many are still around and smaller rockfish are mixed in with them. Some of the charter captains fill their limits within an hour or so of trolling; others have to work a little harder. Croakers are showing up at Point Lookout State Park’s pier, while signs of flounder are noted in the St. Jerome’s Creek down in St. Mary’s County.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Even though the striped bass season is open now, the best news is shared by black drum anglers. The buoys 10 and 13, not far from Cape Charles, deliver the goods with lack drum weighing anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds. Sea clams (some call them chowder clams) are the top baits on 7/0 hooks and heavy bottom sinkers to hold the baits in the tidal pull found in waters of 20 to 30 feet deep. Bluefish have been caught at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Forget the rain-stained upper river if it’s bass you’re after and, to tell the truth, the lower parts aren’t doing much better. However, there’ll be some keeper-size rockfish caught in the mouth by trollers using small bucktails and spoons.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – Things have been slow for bass fishermen in the Snow Hill to Shad Landing areas. Strong rain doesn’t bother this river as much as some others, but there’ll be strong runoffs in addition to the usual tides.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – One of our Eastern Shore friends tells us that the Marshyhope feeder creek at Federalsburg is your only chance to pick up a bass or two, maybe some good-eating crappies. Not a word is heard about good catches elsewhere.

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