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Latest Update: December 2, 2009 Next Update: December 9, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishermen at deep Creek Lake are impatiently waiting for colder weather and ice. Some fishermen are still fishing the open waters by drifting jig/minnow combos and catching large yellow perch, walleyes and smallmouth bass. Casting diving crankbaits has also been productive for walleyes and smallmouth bass along steep rocky shores.

The region lost a great friend, protector and promoter of the western regions wonderful outdoor resources this past weekend; the one and only Gary Yoder. Gary was tireless in his efforts to share the fishing resources that he loved so much and will be dearly missed. His uncanny ability as a funny story teller on any subject would have everyone within earshot in tears with laughter. He passed away suddenly while in deer camp with friends this past Sunday. Although this is not a close up picture of Gary (blue shirt with outstretched arms) it catches the essence of Gary; as one can see he is telling a story and everyone around him is laughing.

Trout fishing is still a good bet in most of the regions streams and rivers this week. The regions trout waters are experiencing good flows. Floating leaves can be a problem at times but as most trout fishermen know the leaves once they fall to the bottom are an important source of food for aquatic insects that trout feed on.

The water flows on the upper Potomac are in good shape and fishermen are enjoying good fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye. Most fishermen are bouncing jigs and tubes close to the bottom with good success.

Central/Southern Region:

Largemouth bass fishermen have been having a tough time fishing recently due to inclement weather, high water in the tidal rivers and floating leaves and grass. Most of the largemouth bass in the regions lakes and tidal rivers have moved to deeper water and are holding along steep edges and any kind of deep structure they can find such as sunken wood or rocks. Tubes, grubs, craw/jig combos and deep diving crankbaits are good choices to get down to them.

Fishermen who like the big pull of a blue catfish have been catching them in the Fort Washington area of the tidal Potomac this week. Fresh gizzard shad is the usual bait and blue catfish have a big appetite so the baits are usually large. Apparently the blue catfish that lives in the display tank at the Bass Pro Shop has just such an appetite; it reportedly has eaten a 44 tiger muskie and an 8-pound striped bass that were also in the tank in the last few weeks. Patrick Marcinko caught this 50lb+ blue catfish while fishing with his dad in the tidal Potomac.

Eastern Region:

It is getting a bit chilly out there for freshwater fishing but on a nice sunny and warm day there are fishing opportunities out there. Largemouth bass are now holding deep near any kind of structure they can find such as steep edges, sunken wood, cypress knees or rocks. Slowly bouncing jigs, grubs or soft craws close to the bottom can result in a pick up at times.

Chain pickerel just love cold water and they are often one of the more active freshwater fish this time of the year. Spinners, spoons or live minnows are good choices to catch them. Channel catfish can be found holding in the channel areas of the regions tidal rivers; cut baits, nightcrawlers or chicken liver make good baits.

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