- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 24, 2002

In many parts of the Chesapeake Bay, catches of delectable sea trout are the order of the day for bottom bait fishermen and lure jiggers. Some of the trout schools are massive, spreading over wide areas of the Bay and the lower, tidal parts of its tributary rivers. For example, we happened into a school of gray trout near Bloody Point and the Hill sector of the Chesapeake a few days ago and the resulting catches were wonderful, while others found the soft-mouthed weakfish along the western shore, from near Chesapeake Beach to the Power Plant.

Then along comes our friend Ken Lamb, who runs the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. "Big trout went crazy in the Patuxent River," he said, pointing out that sea trout up to 30 inches long went on a feeding binge inside the river between Sotterley Point and St. Leonard's Creek.

River anglers who are after largemouth bass and stripers could do worse than visit the tidal Potomac below Washington. Some of the early-bird fishermen who visit various jutting river points early in the day and cast water-spraying surface poppers or Rat-L-Traps around the edges of the points from time to time run into surprising numbers of rockfish. If they're not there because the tide has dropped too much or the sun is chasing the fish from the shallows, simply switch to fishing for largemouth bass and head into one of the feeder streams. Currently, most of the tidal creeks between Washington and the western side of Charles County show the bass hanging out in sunken wood, brush piles and boat docks. They will jump on 4-inch-long blue fleck Power Rib Worms or medium depth crankbaits.

Although the following is not about fishing, readers who had planned to go to Bass Pro Shops at the Arundel Mills Mall for the Department of Natural Resources' presentation on black bears in Maryland on Oct.31, should know that the program has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for next spring. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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