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BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – Bass can be caught on early hour topwater poppers, followed by casts to brush and sunken wood with crankbaits or soft 4-inch ribworms in junebug or watermelon colors. A few crappies are taken on live minnows, but the best is yet to come.

CENTRAL & WESTERN MD.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – Top DNR river biologist John Mullican said the upper portions of the Potomac are in good shape. “I can’t say what will happen if it rains in the next several days,” he said, but Mullican predicts that the fishing for smallmouth bass will be good, what with water levels being normal and the water temperature having dropped to 64 degrees. “I expect that will increase a bit,” he said, “but the fishing should be good

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Take the kids on a late season bluegill or yellow perch outing. The lake’s coves contain plenty of each and worm-baited hooks below a plastic float will find action near shore, or docks and sunken wood. The bass, meanwhile, continue to take soft plastics, including PowerWorms and various tubes or grubs. Morning and eening hours can be great for topwater poppers cast close to vegetation and shady docks.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – The amount of floating debris coming down from Pennsylvania portions of the river has been amazing. Blame recent storm rains and serious flooding on that. The fishing has not been worth a nickel.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – Keith Lockwood, of the Department of Natural Resources, said that your best chance of finding fishing action is on the eastern side of the middle parts of the Bay. Boaters are hooking stripers from Eastern Bay on down. Since the rain storms blew through our area, salinity has dropped in the Chesapeake, but stripers, bluefish and some Spanish mackerel are possible. In the lower Maryland portions of the Bay, the water is clean and breaking schools of blues and striped bass are seen There’s even a chance of catching an odd red drum (channel bass) now and then. Live-lining with spot baits continues throughout the Bay, especially the Gas Docks, False Channel, and Buoy 72.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Cobias continue to be caught around bridge abutments and buoys in the lowest parts of the Chesapeake Bay, with quite a few of these tough fighting fish also seen cruising the surface waters. The flounder and croaker fishing has been good all this week, especially at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, but the flatties are beginning to move from medium depths to deep holes. Some channel bass (a.k.a. red drum or redfish) are hanging our north of the Bridge-Tunnel’s fourth island. Our thanks to Virginia Beach’s Dr. Julie Ball (www.drjball.com) who provided much of this Bay fishing report.

EASTERN SHORE/MD.

CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – The mouth of the river holds scattered schools of young stripers, some decent hardheads and slowly departing Norfolk spot. Perch and occasional rockfish are hooked on small pieces of crab bait at the Route 50 fishing bridge in Cambridge.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles — Expect decent catches of bass below Snow Hill whenever the tide recedes. It’s time to sling out shallow-lipped and medium depth crankbaits in firetiger or shad colors. Spinnerbaits and Senko worms round out the lure requirements.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – Stripers are possible below Vienna and on toward the mouth, but in the upper river — around the Marshyhope Creek and up toward Seaford — the fishing for bass has been abysmal.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – “There has been good fishing here this past week,” says my lake insider. He said that catfish are really active and chicken liver baits will even occasionally tease a nice striped bass into biting. “The bass are now in the creeks and they’re hitting a wide variety of lures early and late in the days near cover such as the willow grass fields, docks, stumps and rock piles.” He also mentioned that crappies are hooked around some of the docks in the upper lake sections that show reasonably deep water nearby.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist John Odenkirk says the upper and lower river should be in good fishing condition come the weekend. Odenkirk doesn’t believe scattered local showers will alter the smallmouth bass fishing picture. In the tidal stretches, crankbaits and soft plastics in junebug and watermelon colors will be looked at, especially in small feeder creek mouths that enter the main stem.

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