kicked in, but Penrod said don’t overlook the open water near shore grass where bass fry are gobbled up by adults in low light hours. LOU guide Scott Johnson (240625-2550) recommends Campground special tubes, Case Magic Stiks and Snagler spinnerbaits.
The tidal Potomac is giving up plenty of quality fish with exceptional largemouth bass fishing in much of the basin, according to LOU guide Kenny Penrod (240-478-9055).
Cooler temperatures have resulted in many fish staying in traditional spawning locations and the Case Magic Stik continues to rack up the big ones Reel Bass Adventures (301-932-1509) guide Andy Andrzejewski suggests trying poppers, frogs and surface spoons through grasses in the early morning.
Andrzejewski recommends trying smaller baits such as 1/4-ounce or even 1/8-ounce trapstyle baits, 3/16-ounce spinnerbaits and fourinch finesse worms around pad fields and hard cover.
Crappie are scattered along grass edges.
Deep Creek Lake — Smallmouth and largemouth can be found in shallow cover and under docks, according to LOU Guide Bret Winegardner (301616-9889). Aim right against the bank under shoreline cover with Case Magic Stiks and Mizmo tubes.
Lake Anna (Va.) — Carlos at High Point Marina (540-895-5249) reports minnows and grubs are producing nice slabs near deeper structure and bridges. Bass are off the beds but staying shallow. Now is the time to throw poppers, buzzbaits or any type of insect bait.
Stripers have settled
from the power plant up to the bridges. Sassy shad, sea shad, spoons and live bait are all producing nice fish. Trolling hasn’t heated up yet, but with the water temperatures in the 70s and rising quickly, it’s only a matter of time before it’s on.
Chesapeake Bay — Medium-sized rockfish are abundant all over the bay, according to Lamb. Trollers, jiggers and beach anglers using cut bait or bloodworms are catching stripers in the 20- to 30inch range.
Lure casters at Goose Creek near Cedar Point have been catching rockfish steadily on falling tides. The majority weren’t quite the 20-inch minimum,
but most anglers went home with their two-fish limit. Good-sized speckled sea trout are in the bay and Honga River.
Atlantic Ocean — Larry Jock of the Coastal Fisherman reports the flounder bite has been good in the bay behind Assateague Island. Bluefish are a slow pick these days, but the black drum action is starting to take off. Charters are reporting boat-limit catches of black sea bass offshore.
Tip of the week
From Ken Penrod: To find out if the upper Potomac is at safe levels, simply search for “Potomac River level at Point of Rocks” online. You can view a line graph of the water level on the National Weather Service website and even see a prediction of what will happen over the next few days so you can schedule your fishing trip for when the water levels are safe.
As defined by the state of Maryland, the river is at caution level for boaters at 2 feet and extremely hazardous at 5.5.
Penrod advises that the river is “fishable” for most skilled boaters when the gauge at Point of Rocks is between .75 to 3 feet. Of course, a life jacket is a necessity for anyone venturing out on the Potomac.