After Steury walked and Harris had a one-out single to load the bases, Seth Morrison plated Drummond with a sacrifice fly to center and Schmitz, who flew out to right to end the previous inning, delivered a single that scored Steury for La Plata’s final run of the frame and the contest.
“We had some good at-bats and we made some really good defensive plays,” Harris said. “We turned one double play and almost turned a second one. Jared pitched really well and then Austin came in and pitched two good innings. He was on the La Plata High School junior varsity team last spring, but he should get plenty of work this summer.” Marker earlier this week in the morning and they each caught around 50 fish. But most of them were from 17 to 19 3/4 inches. While there are plenty of rockfish in the mouth of the Patuxent, a keeper is hard to find.
Lamb said lately he’s been getting reports of croaker in the 8- to 10inch range in many areas including off the seawalls of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and under the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge at the public fishing pier.
The upper regions of the river have cleared up nicely and the fishing has improved with the better clarity.
Life Outdoors Unlimited guide Kenny Penrod (240-478-9055) said this week the fishing has been excellent and the higher water temperatures have triggered the much-anticipated topwater bite.
LOU guide Scott Johnson (240-625-2550) said most areas of fast current are holding small fish as well as the upstream side of ledges. Bigger fish can be found on submerged ledges and will be productive spots all summer. Fish are eager to bite and even sunfish have been taking fullsized
There is heavy bass tournament traffic on the Potomac, with the Fishing League Worldwide’s pros launching from Smallwood State Park through Sunday.
Reel Bass Adventures guide Andy Andrzejewski (301-932-1509) said locating fishing spots that aren’t pressured won’t be easy, but if you can find an isolated grass bed, start early in the morning with topwater frogs. Follow up with plastic creature baits or flip and pitch jig and craw combos. Bluegill are thick along shallow creek banks and are fun for the fly rodders.
Saturday, the Susquehanna River from Sunbury downstream to the Holtwood Dam and the Juniata from Port Royal downstream to the mouth will be open to bass fishing since its closure on May 1. The summer smallmouth action will take off and there should be some fantastic spinnerbait and topwater action this weekend.
Boat traffic hasn’t been too bad lately, and during the week is an especially good time to go fishing.
LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) reports bass can be found near shoreline structures and floating docks and
recommends tubes to catch them. Other fish such as yellow perch, walleye and pickerel are biting.
Carlos at High Point Marina (540-895-5249) reports bass anglers catching fish in the early morning off grassbeds in the upper end of the lake. Later in the day, fish can still be caught on points, drop offs, and ledges. He recommends a dark-colored worm at least 7.5 inches or larger, lizards Carolina-rigged, or deep-diving crankbaits that run 14 to 18 feet deep.
Trolling action for stripers is about to take off. There’s a topwater bite early morning or late evening using Redfins, Zara Spooks and big Whopper Ploppers. Midday, cast pearl or pearl blue sassy shads or jig spoons to find hungry stripers.
SCCA captains report keeper-sized rockfish caught near Cove Point and the Calvert Cliffs power plant. Lamb reports the main body of rockfish have migrated north in the bay from Deale to the Bay Bridge, repeating the pattern of the last five seasons.
Boat captains are finding fish from 24 to 32 inches in profusion and will continue trolling until enough spot show up to begin live-lining. Mike at Buzz’s Marina in Ridge reports plenty of small rockfish and good catches of bluefish.
Larry Jock of the Coastal Fisherman said the offshore action is good with captains reporting lots of bluefin and yellowfin in the box from the Poor Man’s and Baltimore canyons.
Headboat anglers have had a tough week looking for seabass on the wrecks, but there continue to be good catches of flounder even when the water clarity is poor. The largest flounder reported so far this year, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, was caught by William Castleberry who was tossing a pink bucktail off the dock at the Coast Guard Station.
Tip of the week
From Kenny Penrod: Many areas of the Potomac are high tide or low tide areas and it pays to understand how fish bite at different times of the day. To take advantage of moving tides, focus on the outside edge of cover during the last half of an outgoing tide.
Penrod’s advice is to learn how to rig and fish a dropshot to catch fish north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. South of the bridge, look for bass in grass beds and target holes, points and channels within the grass.