The fishing in the trout
streams continues to be excellent despite some high water at
times in some of the larger streams and rivers. Alan Klotz
reports that the Mayflies are hatching and a small caddis on the
Youghiogheny River and surrounding streams. Alan went on to
mention that the caddis are around a size #20 and he did very
well with a elk hair caddis. Alan also mentioned that biologists
Ken Pavol and Don Cosden floated the “Zero Creel
Limit” section of the North Branch of the Potomac and discovered
a cicada hatch in that area.
used a cicada pattern fly and caught and released over 50
rainbow trout. The Fisheries Service biologists have been
stocking fingerling-sized rainbow trout in this section of the
Potomac for several years now and the fish are exhibiting
phenomenal growth. The fish have been stocked at about 2”-3” in
size, which is about 2-months old. The trout that Ken and Don
caught on Saturday showed that they had grown to about 11” in
one year, 14” in two years and 17” in three years.
Creek Lake provided some good fishing for smallmouth and
largemouth bass over the Memorial Day Weekend. Fishermen have
been catching big largemouth’s in the shallow weedy areas of the
lake using plastic worms with no weight. The water level is up
in the lake due to recent rains and both species of bass are
holding close to shore. Smallmouth bass fishing has been
excellent along the shoreline areas where rocks are present or
docks. Some of the best action has been on surface poppers which
is always an exciting way to fish for smallmouth. Ken Pavol
is shown with a nice Deep Creek Lake smallmouth taken with a
popper on a fly rod.
Central/ Southern Regions:
abound in the streams, rivers and lakes in this section of the
state. Fishermen are still enjoying the fish feeding frenzy on
cicadas; the trout streams are in good shape despite recent
rains. The Gunpowder for example recently received a stocking of
trout and the water temperature is 59-degrees. The largemouth
bass are in their post-spawn feeding phase and anglers are
adjusting to a summer time mode of fishing. Allison Thron
of Olney caught this beautiful largemouth bass while fishing
with here Dad at Triadelphia Reservoir. Chris Peloquin
sent us this report from his fishing trip to Triadelphia
I made it out to
Triadelphia Sunday afternoon. Water temperature was 77
degrees and the water clarity was up to 5' (which is very clear
for Triadelphia). The reservoir has also come up a few feet from
the previous weekend.
I fished the lower,
middle and upper ends of the reservoir and caught fish in each.
Some fish are shallow while others have moved out to deeper
water. Most of my shallow fish (in water 8' or less) were close
to deeper water on wood and rock cover along points and channel
banks. I caught several decent fish (averaging 3 lbs apiece) and
others by fishing the shallow part of rocky channel banks. Don't
overlook isolated wood cover (those single logs sticking out of
the water and not on the bank). I primarily used a Texas-rigged
worm for my shallow-water fishing.
My deeper fish (to
15' feet of water) were caught along rocky points and ledges
adjacent to shallow, hard bottom flats. I used a heavy (1.5 oz)
shad-colored spinnerbait or 1/2 oz jig for my deep-water
fishing. My largest fish, a 3-pound, 10-ounce largemouth, came
off a ledge where the flat quickly dropped from 14' down into
20'+. I was sitting close to 100 yards off the bank, so you have
to find this type of structure with a depth finder. This area
accounted for several other fish, including a smallmouth.
The fish are still
munching cicadas. I used a small top water lure (Heddon Tiny
Torpedo) to catch carp up to 9.5 lbs…fun on a light rod.
Magnien also was fishing Triadelphia Reservoir on the
weekend and sent in this report of a Sunday fishing trip on the
reservoir. This may ruin my reputation as a fly fisherman,
but here's a pix of a carp I caught this Sunday afternoon at
Triadelphia reservoir if you're desperate for freshwater pix
this week. The carp were hitting moving cicadas and I had
numerous swipes on surface poppers fished near the shore with a
little movement. My two hookups were on a green and yellow
deer-hair frog popper about 1/2 the size of a cicada. Many of
the carp were having trouble sucking the naturals down with
their small mouths so a popper smaller than the natural may
actually be a better bet as I found out. Unfortunately, for the
couple hours I was fishing, I did not get any bass action, which
is what I was really looking for.
Fishing was also good
next door at Rocky Gorge for largemouth bass and other fish as
well. Ron Huffman of Catonsville caught a real whopper of
a crappie on a minnow, bobber combination. His crappie weighed
2lbs.-12oz. and was successfully released back into the
Piney Run Park reports
that anglers are doing well with post-spawn largemouth bass and
bluegills. The fish are being caught on top water lures,
crankbaits and plastic worms. Fly fishermen continue to enjoy
good fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills along submerged
wood. The best patterns are bumblebee, ants and smaller
wooly-boogers. Jim Gronaw reports that several brown
bullhead catfish have been caught recently that were within
ounces of the Maryland state record, set last year at Piney Run
Park at 2lbs.-4.1ozs. The Governors Youth Fishing Derby will be
held at the park June 5th. from 6 am. till noon.
The bass fishing at Loch
Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs has proven to be
excellent lately. The bass are being found in shallower water
near weed beds and submerged wood. Plastic worms and crankbaits
have been the best choice, now that the fish are in their
post-spawn mode of feeding. Fishermen are finding these fish in
the shallows during the early morning hours and a little deeper
in adjacent areas as the day progresses.
and Phil Oppel of Ferndale caught this beautiful smallmouth
bass while kayaking down the Monocacy near Thurmont recently.
Largemouth bass on the
Potomac below the Wilson Bridge are also exhibiting the typical
post-spawn behavior for this time of the year. Fishermen are
finding the bass in the shallow weed beds in the early mornings.
Plastic worms such as the Senko worms are the favorite, fished
light. Later on in the day the adjacent deeper waters are being
fished with lures such as Terminator jigs.
The lakes, ponds and
rivers are starting to settle into the summer realm of fishing.
Basically fish can often be found in the shallower waters in the
evenings and early morning hours and in deeper adjacent waters
during the day. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be very
good on the Sassafras River. Areas around docks and submerged
wood have been good producers during most of the day as are
creek mouths and cove points. A variety of plastic worms, tubes,
crankbaits and jigs have been the lures of choice. Bass fishing
has been very slow in the Chester, for unexplained reasons, but
some excellent catches of channel catfish are being reported.
The Choptank, Nanticoke, Wicomico and Pocomoke all seem to be
falling into the same grouping. Largemouth are being caught
early in the day in shallower regions, especially weed beds and
around submerged wood and docks during the day. Top water lures,
and plastic worms fished light are the best in the shallow weed
beds. Jigs, tubes and crankbaits have been the best choices for
fishing the deeper waters. Bass fishermen who have access to
farm ponds have been doing very well, as are anglers working
some of the more popular lakes. Tuckahoe Lake in Tuckahoe State
Park and Johnson Lake in Salisbury are two lakes that have been
producing very consistent largemouth bass fishing for anglers.
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