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Latest Update: September 10, 2008 Next Update: September 17, 2008

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Cooler nights and days have been doing much to lower the water temperature in Deep Creek Lake and fishermen should start to see largemouth bass and smallmouth bass begin to break out of their summer pattern of behavior. The largemouth bass will start to prowl outside of the thick grass in the deeper coves and smallmouth bass will be roaming more freely.

The Deep Creek Lake State Park boat ramp will be closed to use by the public from 7:00 am until 11:00 am on Sunday, September 21, 2008. The SavageMan Triathlon will begin and end at the Deep Creek State Park boat ramp area resulting in delays and congestion from 5 am until at least 5 pm on Sunday. The event is part of a fund-raiser and awareness campaign of the non-profit Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. For additional information about the TRI-TO-WIN SavageMan Triathlon, visit their website: The swim event begins and ends on the ramp itself, so the boat ramp will be closed to ALL traffic during this portion of the race. Visitors who anticipate using the park boat ramp that weekend are encouraged to avoid any use of the ramp on Sunday to help minimize congestion and to avoid long delays. Parking spaces for boaters with handicaps will not be available at the ramp on Sunday but arrangements for transportation from parking spaces within the park to the ramp can be made prior to the event by contacting the park at 301-387-5563.

Despite the rain that fell; the upper Potomac River is still running rather low and fishermen describeChannel Catfish the vegetation in the river as thick. There are plenty of smallmouth being caught though; mostly on tubes and any kind of soft plastic in a crawfish pattern. Daniel Coffinberger caught and released this beautiful channel catfish recently in the upper Potomac.

Central/Southern Region:

Recent rains should do good things in these two freshwater fishing regions. Fishermen have seen the end of summers grip on water temperatures and of course associated with those warm temperatures the behavior patterns of largemouth bass and assorted other fish. Cooler water temperatures will begin to draw largemouth bass out from thick grass cover and deep sunken wood for longer periods of time during late morning and early evening. Fishermen will continue to find the best fishing for largemouth bass continue to be at its finest in the early morning and evening hours but the time will lengthen. Casting topwater lures over grass will continue to be a good strategy but spinner baits, jerkbaits and various soft plastics will also be good choices. Small farm ponds are always a delight to fish this time of the year as are the numerous larger lakes within the two regions.

Fishermen at Prettyboy and Liberty Reservoirs report that smallmouth bass fishing has improved this week; the bass are deep but hitting crawfish pattern soft plastic jigs.

Fishing in the tidal rivers and creeks within the two regions should improve this month as water temperatures drop and algae may start to clear out. Largemouth bass fishermen report that the algae has been a problem on the tidal Potomac and that the grass is extremely thick at the moment.

Eastern Region:

Slowly water temperatures are beginning to cool and soon largemouth bass will begin to leave their summer pattern of behavior; which limits the best fishing to early morning and late evening hours. The tidal rivers in the upper and mid shore areas continue to exhibit low flows and this has been making for some tough navigational problems. Last weeks minor rains didnít do much to change the situation. Fishermen report that theyíve been fishing tree blow downs and all kinds of sunken wood such as logs and stumps with relatively good success. Soft plastic worms, grubs and similar offerings have been popular as well as small crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

The tidal rivers on the lower shore continue to have good flows and largemouth bass fishing should be good. Last weeks lingering high pressure didnít help the fishing but cooler water temperatures should begin to work in favor of fishermen soon.

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