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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.

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