- The Washington Times - Friday, August 23, 2002

The fishing outlook for the weekend presents a mixed bag of possibilities, not all good. For example, the freshwater rivers in the mountain portions of Maryland and Virginia are very low, which makes fishing a chore and in some cases prohibits boating. Not only that, the few areas where a body might cast a spinning lure or flyrod bug too often contain such dense aquatic vegetation that fishing is all but impossible. The water grasses wouldn't be that big a deal in normal times, but when a tough drought takes hold and lowers the various rivers' flows, it becomes a real nuisance.

On the good side of fishing, consider going after a few flounder. Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in St. Mary's County's Lexington Park said, "I found 10 flounder in the 15- to 21½-inch range drifting live minnows on Chincoteague flounder rigs through 40 feet of water, directly north of the three-legged marker (No.3) in the mouth of the Patuxent River." Lamb says he needed up to 5-ounce weights on the bait rigs to keep them on the bottom when a strong tidal pull was noticed. In the Chesapeake Bay, plenty of young bluefish and keeper stripers are available.

As far as the largemouth bass are concerned, don't fret; they're summering very nicely. Bass, by the way, can live comfortably in 80-degree water. In the tidal Potomac River, topwater poppers and short Senko-style plastic worms are all you need to enjoy success around the edges of hydrilla and milfoil beds.

And for the hunters among us, let's remember that mourning dove and resident Canada goose hunting seasons begin Sept.2 in Virginia and Maryland. Virginia's resident goose hunt runs through Sept.25, while Maryland's early goose shoot ends at sunset Sept.14 in the eastern counties but continues through Sept.25 in the western zone.

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