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Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Water temperatures in the main waters of Deep Creek Lake are in the high 50’s now and the coves have warmed up to a much higher degree at this time. Pike can be found in the warmer waters of the coves and a large shiner drifted under a bobber is a good way to catch them. Largemouth bass are staging on the points leading into these shallower coves where they soon will be fanning nests and spawning. Casting jerkbaits around these points can pay big dividends in largemouth bass, chain pickerel and walleyes. The walleyes will be holding to the rockier shorelines in water under 10’ in depth and can be caught on crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and jig/minnow rigs. A number of floating docks are beginning to show up along the lakes shorelines and these are also good places to look for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.

Fishermen looking for trout action are finding stream flows are up and the trout are active. Robert Lunceford sent in this report and a picture of his fishing buddyRainbow Trout Eric Shockey releasing a nice rainbow trout on the fly-fishing section of Beaver Creek. The Morning started off slow catching a few stockers up next to the Hatchery and as we made our way down to the Fly Fishing area things started to heat up .The water was up and a little stained so the big boys were out to play.

Fisheries biologist John Mullican sent in this report on the upper Potomac River conditions. Central Maryland received several more inches of rain and the larger rivers and streams are all running very high and muddy. The smaller trout streams will clear up fairly fast, but it will be a while before the larger warmwater rivers are fishable. Anglers may want to try local impoundments like Greenbriar Lake, Cunningham Falls Lake, and Blairs Valley Lake for largemouth bass, sunfish, and trout. The warmwater species are around shoreline cover and preparing to spawn. Many of the stocked trout will cruise several feet below the surface and are often concentrated on the down wind side of the lake; when the wind dies down in the evening look for surface dimples indicating feeding trout.

Central/Southern Region:

Fishermen are reporting that largemouth bass are now beginning to move into the shallower waters of many of the larger reservoirs in the central region and are beginning to form nests and actively spawn. The smaller and shallower lakes and ponds of the southern region are seeing the same activity and perhaps even a little more advanced because of higher water temperatures. The same can be said for the largemouthLargemouth Bass bass in the upper sections of the tidal rivers and creeks throughout both regions. Fishermen are reporting that largemouth bass can still be found staging in many areas in deeper waters over submerged grass or on points leading to shallower coves or creeks. Lucinda Jenkins caught and released this whopper of a largemouth bass in the Myrtle Grove Pond recently.

Trout fishermen continue to enjoy good to excellent trout fishing in many of the put and take trout fishing waters due to additional stockings and what many consider the second “opening day”. Water flows have been good due to recent rains and one sure can’t beat some of the nice weather that has come our way recently.

An invasive and potentially detrimental algae known as Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) has been identified in the Gunpowder River below Prettyboy Dam. This algae, also known as ‘rock snot’, can have negative impacts on stream biota such as aquatic insects. It can also hinder reproduction of trout and other fish species.

Anglers and boaters are asked to take the same precautions that were suggested for containing whirling disease and other invasive species.

  • Scrub all gear to remove mud and plants
  • Drain all water from bilges and livewells, don’t move water from one area to another
  • We recommend the use of new ‘sticky rubber’ wading boots to facilitate cleaning, if you must use felts allow them to dry completely before moving to another waterbody
  • For more information go to this useful link

Fishing opportunities for a number of other freshwater species is at a high right now as water temperatures seem to be idea for many fish. Fishing for channel catfish and carp is good in many of the tidal rivers and creeks. Fishermen are also reporting good fishing on the tidal Potomac in the FortCrappie Washington area for blue catfish. Bluegills and chain pickerel can offer a lot of action in most of the ponds, lakes, and tidal rivers and creeks in the regions as well as crappie. Crappie have moved into shallower areas and offer good fishing opportunities this time of the year. Tom Showers holds up a nice slab crappie he caught recently at Loch Raven Reservoir.

Eastern Region:

Warmer temperatures are urging largemouth bass gradually into their spawning mode of behavior. In the many small ponds and lakes dotting the region where water temperatures elevate sooner; largemouth bass are already spawning in the shallower water areas. In the cooler tidal rivers and creeks many of the largemouth bass are still staging in slightly deeper waters. Ledges along the main river areas, points, creek mouths and the outside edges of spatterdock beds are good places to look for staging largemouth bass; as are the deeper submerged grass beds typically found in the upper shore region, especially on a falling tide.

Fishing for channel catfish has picked up in the Nanticoke and Choptank Rivers now that most of the spawning activity of the striped bass is over and catfish will find it easier to sniff out baits. Fishermen on the Chester River also report good fishing for channel catfish with some real whoppers being reported in the Chestertown area. White perch continue to move towards the mouths of the tidal rivers and offer good fishing opportunities for fishermen using bloodworms and bottom rigs.

Fishermen reported a good run of hickory shad in the upper Choptank over the weekend in the region above Greensboro to Red Bridges. They also reported that the best way to fish for them is from a kayak or canoe and to fish at the head of pools where the river narrows and tends to concentrate water flows or from the river banks below Red Bridges.

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