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BURKE LAKE: 31 MILES — Crappies will oblige, but not in the numbers that we’ll see in another week or two. Jerkbaits and small spinnerbaits are looked at by largemouth bass that hang around sunken branches and brush.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – With a little luck, the western Maryland portions of the river will not be affected by the rain. Sure, water levels will rise some, but the fishing for smallmouth bass — increasingly also, walleyes — should be fine.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Rain or no rain, it doesn’t matter. There’ll be good catches of bass, walleyes, yellow perch and fat sunfish this weekend. However, wear your long-johns. It gets cold up here much sooner than down in the low country.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – A few nice rockfish should be on the menu if you fish in the upper tidal parts of the river, near Conowingo Dam. Hefty catfish are also available and they like cut pieces of fish, dropped to the bottom. Bass angler Eric Felder wrote that he connected on several 3-pound largemouths in sunken shoreline trees outside the mouth. He used a chartreuse/white spinnerbait.


MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – The Bay has delivered excellent fishing for many boaters, but of course there are always some who say they can’t see any fish until they visit a seafood market. The Tackle Box in Lexington Park reported massive surface eruptions by striped bass and bluefish of all sizes in the mid-Bay region near the HI Buoy over the weekend. Some of the stripers measured as much as 36 inches, weighing around 12 pounds. They were caught by trollers, jig bouncers and lure casters. By the way, if you can locate a rock pile or mass of stones such as those that surround the Patuxent River’s old Cedar Point lighthouse base near the Bay, you’ll get into stripers with surface poppers and plastic jerk baits as long as the sun hasn’t risen. The mouth of the Choptank River can deliver topwater strikes by rockfish and scattered catches of spotted sea trout continue to come from the Bay’s Honga River.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – In the Northern Neck, expect great catches of striped bass, some blues and occasional hookups with spotted sea trout, especially down toward the Rappahannock River mouth. Dr. Ken Neill, one of the top fishermen in the southern Bay, says the trout action down his way is good on both sides of the bay, with the Mobjack Bay area very good. Flounder fishing has been good around the Baltimore Channel near the mouth of the Bay, also the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Neill said, “Some of the flounder pounders have been running into more than they planned for as schools of large red drum are still hanging around the lower Bay.”


CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – Dr. John Scanlon, M.D., hasn’t had any trouble with rockfish in the mouth. “We got into them again today in skinny water with topwater baits (poppers, Spooks, Top Dogs, Redfins) with stripers up to 30 inches [hitting the lures],” he wrote and added, “It has been quite unbelieveable.”

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles — Mostly modest catches of bass are seen by anglers who will have to contend with rain for another day. The Snow Hill section of the river can deliver some bites on scented plastic worms when the tide begins to ebb. Snow Hill, by the way, has a good public boat ramp.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – A Southern Marylander said he traveled all the way over to the Eastern Shore and the town of Federalsburg, launched his boat at the public boat ramp near town and actually found a few crappies and one bass in Marshyhope Creek. “It definitely wasn’t worth the cost of the gasoline,” he said. He asked to remain anonymous.


LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – The largemouth bass bite is most definitely on despite the occasionally terrible fishing fishing conditions brought on by sudden rains and wind. Our lake insider says to target areas close to shore inside the many feeder creeks. “After you locate fish with a crankbait or spinnerbait, work over the same area more thoroughly with soft plastics such as Gulp! worms or Senkos,” he suggests. “Striper fishing remains slow, although some live bait users have had a bit of success. The crappies continue to cooperate around bridge pilings and deep water docks,” he adds.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – We’re hoping that the rains did not affect the upper river’s smallmouth bass fishing, but this was written just as the first drops fell. If the water above Fredericksburg remains fairly stable and fishable, you’ll catch smallmouth bass on jigs, spinners, plastic grubs, topwater poppers and small crankbaits from Remington down to the Rapidan and beyond.

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