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of one he caught there on March 19 to the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ an­gler’s log.

Po­tomac River — Ken Pen­rod, with the Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited guides (301937-0100) re­ports that the ti­dal Po­tomac was red hot last week for large­mouth bass fish­ing. Ris­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­tures, in­creased sun­light and a full moon had big fe­males inside feeder creeks pre­par­ing to spawn. He found suc­cess pitch­ing to fallen trees with a jig/ river bug com­bi­na­tion. A square bill crankbait caught smaller fish but the big bass liked a jig. The next full moon later this April will re­sult in a ma­jor spawn.

Capt. Dale Coon from Fishama­jig Guide Ser­vice (240-538-1260) has been fish­ing for jumbo crap­pies in the Po­tomac River trib­u­taries with good suc­cess, catch­ing some true slabs on jigs tipped with bull min­nows. An­glers fish­ing the Mary­land or Vir­ginia trib­u­taries should note that the creel limit for crap­pies in the Po­tomac River main stem is 10 per per­son. Blue cat­fish are ac­tive in the river as well, with fresh gizzard shad a must for catch­ing the big ones.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay — Al­though spring tro­phy rock­fish

sea­son doesn’t be­gin un­til April 16, catch-and-re­lease fish­ing for striped bass is al­lowed in the main stem of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. A few fish­er­men have been light tackle jig­ging in the warm wa­ter dis­charge at the Calvert Cliffs Nu­clear Power Plant re­cently.

Capt. Den­nis Flem­ing from Fishama­jig Guide Ser­vice has been fish­ing for rock­fish there and has re­ported the bite to have fallen off sig­nif­i­cantly. He be­lieves the fish have all moved into the rivers to stage for the pend­ing spawn.

Deep Creek Lake — Keith Lock­wood said the ice is now en­tirely gone and the open wa­ter is invit­ing small boat fish­ing for a wide va­ri­ety of fish.

North­ern pike are per­haps one of the more ex­cit­ing tro­phy fish to catch and this time of the year is one of the most pro­duc­tive times to fish for them. They are of­ten found shal­low this time of the year at the mouths of coves and along shore­lines. They are a great fish to catch and re­lease and some of them ex­ceed 40 inches in length now within the lake.

Yel­low perch are an­other fa­vorite tar­get and can be caught with min­nows un­der a slip bob­ber. Small­mouth bass can be found on some of the rocky points.

Lake Anna — The bass ac­tion has been a lit­tle slow,

ac­cord­ing to Car­los at High Point Ma­rina. The up­per and lower ends of the lake are pro­duc­ing the most fish this early in spring. Spin­ner­baits, jigs, and deep sus­pend­ing jerk­baits are the best choices for right now.

Some fish are mov­ing up to the warm sur­face wa­ters and feed­ing on bait in the af­ter­noons, but many fish are still stay­ing deep. Try to fish points, flats, and drop-off 6 to 12 feet deep. Schools of stripers are all over the lake, but just like the bass the best ar­eas are the up­per and lower ends.

You’ll need some pa­tience and the en­ergy to move around a bit as the schools are small and con­stantly mov­ing. Fish are at all depths, but the best ones are hit­ting around eight feet. Sassy shads, Sea shads, Tooth Ache spoons and live bait all are pro­duc­ing fish. Lake Anna Striper Guide Ser­vice re­ports that a 22-plus-pound striper was caught on Easter Sun­day.

Now is the time to catch the big crap­pie up to two pounds. They’ve fed and grown all win­ter and are gorg­ing baits, pre­par­ing for the spawn. Schools are mov­ing into shal­lower wa­ters as the weather warms. Two-pound grubs, small and medium min­nows, and 1/8- or 1/4-ounce spoons are best bets.

jamiedrake­out­doors@ outlook.com

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