Large­mouth bass hooked in Mat­ta­woman Creek

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

What a dif­fer­ence a few 80de­gree days can make. Dale Knupp, who lives in La Plata, Md., and who fishes the up­per ti­dal Po­tomac River as of­ten as pos­si­ble, launched his boat at the Small­wood State Park boat ramps in Mat­ta­woman Creek this week and, thanks to his elec­tronic depth sounder, dis­cov­ered that the sur­face water tem­per­a­ture had reached al­most 60 de­grees.

Un­der such wel­come water-warm­ing con­di­tions, Knupp, us­ing broad­tailed soft plas­tic grubs and even some shal­low-run­ning crankbaits, landed 17 large­mouth bass, in­clud­ing a fat-bel­lied fe­male that tipped the scales at 7 pounds. All the bass were re­leased. Knupp also found a num­ber of will­ing crap­pies and a few spawned-out yel­low perch.

Let the spring fish­ing com­mence even if spring is still a week away.

Re­ports have reached us con­cern­ing good bass and crap­pie catches in Virginia’s Aquia, Quan­tico and Oc­co­quan trib­u­taries to the Po­tomac. The same holds for Mary­land’s Mal­lows Bay, Chi­ca­muxen Creek, the main stem’s Fen­wick stretch (near the Mar­shall Hall launch ramp), and the up­per river’s Spoils Cove, as well as the Fox Ferry Point area.

White perch spawn­ing un­der way: I vis­ited the Allen’s Fresh (Route 234) sec­tor of Charles County’s Wi­comico River at mid­week and found half a dozen shore­line an­glers wait­ing for the tide to re­cede. By mid­morn­ing, the water be­gan to ebb and, al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously, catches of spawn­ing white perch be­gan.

One of the reg­u­lars at the Fresh, Pat Capps of Bryan­town, Md., used a tan­dem, high-low rig of red-and-white 1/16-ounce shad darts that he cast into the mid­dle of the river and then slowly, er­rat­i­cally, be­gan to re­trieve the lit­tle lures. They never made it back to land be­cause dur­ing nine casts, Capp caught nine white perch.

Other an­glers, some of whom sim­ply tied on a sin­gle shad dart, then tipped the hook with a small min­now, would fish their bait un­der a bob­ber. They scored as well. Bill White drove over from Calvert County’s Port Repub­lic and he caught white perch and a few spawned-out yel­low perch. Hugh­esville’s John Kern also hooked the tasty fish.

Fresh­wa­ter Po­tomac gives up musky: Kevin Wil­son of Boyds, Md., spent a day fish­ing the Wil­liamsport, Md., moun­tain sec­tion of the fresh­wa­ter Po­tomac along with his Fair­play, Md., friend Bob Bar­ber and Bar­ber’s son, Car­son. While Bar­ber wanted to hook a few walleyes, Wil­son in­tended to catch a muskel­lunge with a large lure and stout equip­ment. It paid off. Wil­son caught a 39.5-inch-long musky — his per­sonal best. Yes, we know that a near 40-inch-long musky might not raise eye­brows in On­tario or Min­nesota, but in Mary­land it’s a fish worth talk­ing about.

Patuxent River shows ac­tion: From the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park comes word that blue cat­fish are tak­ing chicken liv­ers and cut bait past Chalk Point in the Patuxent. The wa­ters above Jack­son’s Land­ing clear up to and be­yond Hills Bridge on the Prince Ge­orge’s/anne Arun­del coun­ties line de­liver white perch and some yel­low perch. The Western Branch feeder creek has been good for tiny bass and fat crap­pies.

COUR­TESY OF NANCY KNUPP

Dale Knupp of La Plata, Md., dis­plays a 7-pounder from Mat­ta­woman Creek.

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