It’s a good time to go fishing
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.