It’s a good time to go fish­ing

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors@out­look.com

What a dif­fer­ence a few dry days make. Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park said the drier weather and cooler nights have brought stripers to all the usual lo­ca­tions.

It’s a good time to go fish­ing. Big­ger fish can be sought out at dusk and dawn on mov­ing tides in the shal­lows and around struc­ture for lure­cast­ers us­ing top wa­ter pop­pers, swim­ming lures, buck­tails and spoons.

In the Patux­ent River, find rock­fish on oys­ter beds, with Sheri­dan Point, Cap­tain’s Point and the mouth of St. Leonard’s Creek good places to fish. In the Po­tomac River, ex­pect to find break­ers in Calvert Bay, Point Look­out and Ragged Point. There are some fine rock­fish in the St. Mary’s River. In the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, rock­fish have been break­ing at Cedar Point, Cedar Point Hol­low and Point No Point.

Most of the break­ers are just less than the 19-inch limit. If you’re catch­ing only un­der­sized fish, Lamb rec­om­mends get­ting your lures as close to the bot­tom as pos­si­ble. The big fish will be un­der the splash­ers up top.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and

ponds — Tem­per­a­tures were still sum­mer-like ear­lier this week, but pretty soon we’ll be see­ing mist ris­ing off the lo­cal lakes and ponds in the early morn­ing hours.

This is the time of year to ex­per­i­ment with an as­sort­ment of baits, so open up your tack­le­box and try a spin­ner­bait, crankbait, top­wa­ter pop­per or worm. Carry some fin­ger­nail clip­pers in your pocket (with a small float at­tached, trust me) and don’t be afraid to cut loose a lure that isn’t work­ing and try some­thing else.

Patux­ent River — Lamb (301863-8151) said bot­tom fish­er­men are find­ing plenty of white perch in the creek and rivers. There’s a rem­nant of spot left and they are the big­gest yet of the sea­son.

A buddy of mine and his wife ven­tured over to the mouth of Bat­tle Creek not far from Buoy 18 ear­lier this week and caught 172 fish in­clud­ing white perch, rock­fish, spot and catfish. It took them over two hours to clean their catch, but all the fil­lets are vac­uum sealed and they’re go­ing to be sa­vor­ing their catch for months to come.

Po­tomac River — Scott John­son of SJ Fish­ing Ad­ven­tures (Face­book and In­sta­gram: @SJFish­ingAd­ven­tures; www.sj-fish­ing.com) said that af­ter many weeks of vi­o­lent river lev­els, things have set­tled down on the up­per Po­tomac just in time for some ex­cel­lent fall fish­ing.

Bass should start show­ing up in small groups, so John­son rec­om­mends fish­ing spin­ner­baits and crankbaits to cover wa­ter and lo­cate the fish. Once you find them, slow down and fish the area thor­oughly with soft plas­tics such as tubes, grubs or Senkos. Ar­eas such as sub­merged ledges, wood and lay downs and cur­rent seams formed by grass beds and shore­line points are pro­duc­tive ar­eas.

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