Sum­mer has re­turned and the fish keep bit­ing

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Jamie Drake

Sum­mer has re­turned with tem­per­a­tures in the 80s ear­lier this week.

There’s no word yet on trout stock­ing at Wheat­ley Lake at Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville. Per­haps Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is just wait­ing un­til a cool spell be­fore they re­lease them. Some of the 25,000 trout DNR will be stock­ing in Mary­land’s wa­ters should find their way to Wheat­ley Lake within the next two weeks.

But even with­out an in­flux of trout, the lake is teem­ing with bass, bluegill and crap­pie. The re­sults from the 2016 Fall Fishin’ Buddies Derby ear­lier this month is proof of that On a slow fish­ing week­end, when the rain was pour­ing down steadily, 45 teams caught a to­tal of 198 fish, all of which were re­leased back into the 60-acre lake for other an­glers try­ing their luck.

Bluegill was cer­tainly king at this derby. The win­ners of the most bluegill in the 11- to- 15-year-old age range fish­ing from shore, Pa­trick and Mi­randa Wat­son, picked off an as­tound­ing 27 bluegill in about four hours of fish­ing. Kevin Earle and Mike Buon­i­conti, in the 6-10 age range fish­ing from a boat, led the pack with 16 bluegill landed.

And if that doesn’t whet your ap­petite for a visit to Gil­bert Run this week­end, Ron and Rylee Allen caught the largest bass with a 16-1/2 inch beauty. The largest blue gill mea­sured 9 1/2 inches and was caught

by Kayla Fraser fish­ing with her part­ner Jeremy Min­ton. South­ern Mary­land lakes and

ponds — An­thony Han­cock, as­sis­tant man­ager of Gil­bert Run Park, re­ports the water in the lake is very clear right now and most of the bass have left the shal­lows. When the water is this clear, the bass of­ten will wait un­til early evening when the sun is low to come up into the shal­lows. They are on the look­out for preda­tors, too.

The bass are re­spond­ing best to nat­u­ral-col­ored fi­nesse worms and jig ‘n’ craw com­bos, and fish­ing slowly around wood cover is rec­om­mended. Top­wa­ter lures fished up shal­low in the evening are an­other good choice. Patux­ent River — Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park (301-863-8151) said there are still some croaker and spot in the river for bot­tom fish­er­men. White perch are ev­ery­where now and have been ea­ger to bite on lures as long as the tide is mov­ing. You can catch two at a time on bits of blood­worm on spin­ner hooks in the deep holes.

Rock­fish are de­pend­able for trollers on the oys­ter bars and edges. Those drag­ging tan­dem rigs and um­brel­las can find plenty of keep­ers.

Po­tomac River — Reel Bass Ad­ven­tures guide Andy An­drze­jew­ski (301-932-1509) re­ports the bass are ac­tive now that

the water tem­per­a­tures are cool­ing. Top­wa­ter pop­pers or hard jerk­baits around thin­ning grasses are catch­ing qual­ity bass. Fol­low­ing up with a white spin­ner­bait waked just un­der the sur­face and then a swim jig or plas­tic worm can in­crease your chances. Hard cover is be­com­ing more pro­duc­tive when fished with square bill crankbaits that bounce off the cover.

Striper ac­tion can be fast and fu­ri­ous at times along the main river. They will crush top­wa­ter baits or Rat-L-Trap type lures. Some ver y large crap­pie are start­ing to show up around ma­rina pil­ings.

Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited guide Ken Pen­rod (240-447-2206) re­ports the Woodrow Wil­son Bridge sec­tor is “kick­ing in” with big bass com­ing from Pen­rod Cove, nearby piers of Smoot Bay, Belle Haven, Broad Creek, Pis­cat­away Creek and Dogue Creek.

Last week­end, LOU had two novice an­glers, a 12-year-old and 14-yearold, each catch a “DC Slam.” That means both young men each caught a small­mouth, large­mouth, striper and cat­fish in one out­ing.

LOU guide Kenny Pen­rod (240-478-9055) said stripers are the most de­pend­able fish, par­tic­u­larly early in the morn­ing and in the first few hours of an in­com­ing tide and will re­li­ably hit top­wa­ter pop­pers and char­treuse and black crankbaits. Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna rivers (Pa.) — LOU Guide Matt Greene (717-5763735) re­ports top­wa­ter baits are still num­ber one, with spin­ner­baits fill­ing in the gaps of in­ac­tiv­ity. Some rain would be wel­come as the water is still very low.

LOU Guide Ja­son Shay (717-507-4377) said the full moon is hurt­ing the fish­ing this week since the fish can feed all night and aren’t bit­ing as fiercely dur­ing the day. Smallies are hunt­ing for bait­fish in packs and chasers are get­ting wise to the fol­low-up bait tac­tic.

LOU is al­ready sched­ul­ing spring tro­phy fish­ing trips. Call 240-447-2206 to make a reser va­tion.

Deep Creek Lake — DNR Bi­ol­o­gist Kenny Wam­pler from Gar­rett County re­ports fish are deep, shal­low, and ev­ery­where in be­tween. The lake has lit­tle boat traf­fic this time of year, mak­ing it an an­gler’s par­adise. Throw­ing jerk­baits, crankbaits, and jigs along weedbeds will pro­duce a mixed bag of bass, perch, wall­eye, pike, and pick­erel.

On the out­side edges of weedbeds and drop-offs, jigs tipped with min­nows, min­nows un­der a bob­ber and drift­ing worms are catch­ing mostly perch with an oc­ca­sional wall­eye or bass. Lake Anna (Va.) — C.C. McCot­ter of McCot­ter’s Lake Anna Guide Ser­vice (540-894-9144) re­ports stripers are mov­ing into the up­per por­tion of the lake to feed on mas­sive schools of threadfin shad. The “hot zone” will soon be above the sec­ond bridges in both branches. Toothache spoons un­der break­ing smaller fish are catch­ing keep­ers. Mul­tiarm rigs with three-inch baits are work­ing well, too.

Large­mouth bass are feed­ing heartily in the shal­lows in the mid-af­ter­noons. Pitch­ing a crea­ture bait or jig to wil­low grass lines in the up­per por­tions of the North Anna and Pa­munkey branches will pro­duce the big­gest catches.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay — Lamb re­ports the bay has rock­fish up and down the chan­nel. Clouds of seag­ulls will sig­nal the lo­ca­tions of ac­tive fish where trolling and cast­ing lures will catch stripers. Char­treuse and white are al­ways pop­u­lar, and yel­low joins their ranks this week as top col­ors for small to medium size buck­tails.

Be­tween the Tar­get Ship and PR Buoy, schools of gray trout can

be found. They are of­ten un­der or on the edge of break­ing rock­fish and one-ounce metal jigs bounced on the bot­tom will catch these strong fight­ers.

At­lantic Ocean — Last week­end there were lots of an­glers fish­ing in the bay and off the U.S. 50 Bridge. Black drum, sheepshead, some red drum and floun­der were all part of the mix. Sand fleas were the bait of choice ex­cept for flat­ties, which pre­ferred Gulp. The East Chan­nel is pro­duc­ing some nice keeper floun­der and an oc­ca­sional red drum all caught on bunker.

Tip of the week

There’s not much time left if you want to launch your boat or rent one of the row­boats or ca­noes from the con­ces­sions by the boat ramp at Gil­bert Run Park. Ren­tals are avail­able on the week­ends for the rest of Oc­to­ber, so that’s just two more week­ends to get out on the lake and do some fall fish­ing. The park is walk-in only af­ter Nov. 20.

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