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OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR: 33 miles – Bass, sunfish, crappies and catfish will definitely bite even if the rain turned some portions murky. The bass bite has been good for johnboaters using 1/4-oz. spinnerbaits, medium depth crankbaits or how about throwing a wacky-rigged “fat” worm toward shoreline and cove brusy spots.

BURKE LAKE: 31 MILES – Bass are off the beds and in some cases will look at Baby 1-Minus lures, small spinnerbaits and 4-inch plastic worms. The crappie catches have been good one day, lousy the next. Don’t forget the lake’s fine catfish population.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 35-100 miles – The upper river most likely will be a little murky, but if much more rain comes it will turn off the smallmouth bass fishing. Until now, the smallmouths and a few walleyes have been fairly cooperative between Washington County’s Taylor’s Landing and Montgomery County’s Edwards Ferry. By the way, the White’s Ferry launch ramp is in terrible shape, so be careful, or better yet, use the Edwards Ferry boat ramp.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: 179 miles – Bass guide Brent Nelson says chain pickerel, northern pike, yellow perch and walleyes love a medium shiner drifted across grassbeds in upper lake coves. Attach a small split shot about 18 inches above the shiner and wind-drift across grassy habitat in 8 to 12 feet of water.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER: 65-100 miles – The Flats area’s rockfish catch-and-release season has ended, so don’t be fishing for stripers for now. The DNR’s electro-fishing crew reported large numbers of white perch and channel catfish inside and outside the river mouth. Some decent bass catches are seen in the marinas of Havre de Grace.


MARYLAND: 25-65 miles – From the Tackle Box in Lexington Park, Ken Lamb reported that the trolling for rockfish improved just in time for the trophy season to end. Of course, now every fisherman can keep two rockfish of at least 18 inches up to 28 inches per day. The fishing for the smaller rockfish will be good in the coming days over broad areas of the Chesapeake. You could find them as far up as Eastern Bay and as far down as the Virginia state line.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles – Northern Neck trollers find rockfish of all sizes between Smith Point and the mouth of the Rappahannock and James rivers. However, there are plenty of Virginia and Maryland anglers who want news about the black drum near Cape Charles. Dr. Julie Ball says black drum measuring over 46 inches long have been taking chowder and sea clam baits between buoys 13 and 16 along Latimer Shoal and near Nautilus Shoal. Down in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel waters, the Spring Trophy Striped Bass season is going well, says Ball, but be sure to check the regulations closely and note that these fish must be reported. Excellent striper action is had all over the lower Bay. Topwater action is the most popular method to entice fish exceeding the current 32-inch minimum size requirement, especially along the pilings and islands of the bridge-tunnel. Flounder action around the bridge-tunnel has not been very good.


CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 miles – The mouth area has seen excellent rockfish numbers, although that can change from day to day. Still, the area is always home to some kind of striper action.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles – Snow Hill to Shad Landing portion has been slow to give up bass, but there are plenty of largemouths in that section of the river. Most of the productive fishing with crankbaits and plastics occurs during outgoing tides.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles – There have been a few bass and crappies taken in the Marshyhope Creek, but main-stem success is sparse. Downriver, beyond Vienna, some 18-inch-and-over stripers can be found early in the day around river poi8nts, grass edges and such. Rat-L-Traps and jerk baits can do well.


LAKE ANNA: 82 miles – Post-spawn bass are a finicky lot, but some are caught in coves and mouths of the feeder creeks. Crankbaits, plastic craws, even some surface lures, can do the job. The crappie fishing is fine in the lake’s brush piles and around docks. Striper catches aren’t easy, but trollers score every day.

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