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BURKE LAKE: 29 miles – This lake handles lots of rain pretty well, but you’ll encounter standing water to make boat launches a little tougher. The bass always take a look at noisy, brightly-colored crankbaits, as well as scented plastics. Catfish and bluegills don’t care if it rains.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – DNR biologist Mark Toms, in his western Maryland office, said there will definitely be a strong rise in the water levels and possible flooding all around. “That’s if the weatherman is correct,” he said. “So far, he’s right. It’s raining and more will be coming down.” What all that means is that the fishing will be on hold for a while. Don’t risk it.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Lots of rain doesn’t mean much here, but wind does. Bass can be caught around sunken rocks, submerged wood and boat docks. Tubes, jigs, grubs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits can turn the trick.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – Conowingo Dam will send many gallons of muddy water through its discharge sluices. The fishing will be very slow — if not totally at a stand-still.


MARYLAND: 45-75 miles – Depending on the wind, fish can be caught by the weekend. Some portions of the Bay will be discolored, but if it doesn’t blow a mile a minute you’ll hook rockfish and bluefish on freshly cut pieces of spot or, if you can find them, whole small spot. The fish are widely distributed, from as far north as the Chester River’s Love Point to the most southern parts between Point Lookout and the Virginia state line. No one was out yesterday, so there’s no use in passing along areas that produced, but I’ll wager that the Gas Docks continue to turn up fish, as will the abutments of the Bay Bridge (Routes 50/301) and a host of other Bay stretches. The best news currently has been the presence of bluefish schools up and down the Bay. In our home, smoked bluefish is a staple during Redskins games.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Dr. Julie Ball ( said that the flounder fishing was fine before Hurricane Irene blew through the lower Bay and it apparently is good as you read this — even in the rain. The biggest problem will be strong winds. All the same, the fishing dentist, Ball, said, “Anglers using live bait and drifting with cut bait near the Third and Fourth islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel are finding keeper fish.” She also added that the Thimble Shoal and Baltimore Channel, as well as most ledges and drop-offs in the same area will now deliver flounder bites. Although it is not officially autumn just yet, the cobias in the lower Bay are acting like it. They’re schooling on the surface and are hanging around the pilings of the Bridge-Tunnel. In addition, there’s some terrific croaker and spot fishing now along the southern shorelines and inlets of the Bay.


CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – The mouth is home to Norfolk spot, but not nearly as many as live-liners hope to catch for a day’s striper fishing. The middle and upper river will not deliver anything this weekend.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles — A few bass are possible up around Shad Landing and Snow Hill, but don’t expect great catches in wind and rain. Things will improve once we get over the coming weekend.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – Nothing doing for bass hunters. To be sure, there are a few available in the Marshyhope and Broad creeks, but the bass situation has been on a downward slide for a while. Weekenders might want to rethink fishing here because of the current weather situation.


LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – My lake informant says, “A lot of pleasure boats finally surrendered the water to the fishermen after Labor Day. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the current fishing action has been pretty slow. Some of the crappies are starting to school by the deep water bridge pilings, but getting bass or stripers to bite has been a chore. Hopefully, the full moon early next week turns the picture around.” Meanwhile, a lot of rain is falling and the area continues to feel aftershocks from the recent earthquake.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles – Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist John Odenkirk, who works out of Fredericksburg, figures the weekend is a goner for upper river and tidal water bass fishermen. The smallmouth bass must cope with high, fast, muddy water, so they won’t be interested in striking a lure. Ditto for the tidal water largemouth bass. Muddy water from runoff will be the rule.

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