Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake have found themselves settled into a summer pattern of fishing to match the activity levels of the lake’s fish. Early morning and late evening offer some of the best fishing over submerged grass beds and rocky points and back coves. As the sun comes up flipping soft plastics under docks and tethered boats is the ticket for enticing lounging bass to strike.
Fisheries biologist Alan Klotz sent in this report. The vacation season is in full swing out here in Western Maryland, and it can be a difficult task to find a quiet fishing spot on Deep Creek Lake! I would suggest that fishermen who want to enjoy some relaxing lake fishing should head out to Jennings Randolph Lake in southeastern Garrett County. The lake is not overcrowded with boat traffic, and it supports a good population of always-hungry panfish - large rock bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, and green sunfish. The best place to catch the rock bass is near the dam breast area – there is a boulder-strewn flat area near there harbors a lot of these fish. Walleye, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, and channel catfish are the sport fish found in Jennings Randolph Lake. To catch some of the lake’s monster channel cats – head up towards where the North Branch Potomac River enters the lake, and fish near downed trees with your favorite catfish bait.
The tail waters of the North Branch Potomac River and Savage River are still good spots for summer-time trout. Grasshoppers are becoming abundant along the upper Catch and Release Area of the North Branch Potomac, and black ant patterns would be a good choice for the Savage River Trophy Trout Areas. Local fisherman Neil Jacobs reported that he caught the North Branch Potomac “Grand Slam” (Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat trout) last Saturday on a float within the lower Catch and Release Area. Way to go Neil!
Fisheries biologist John Mullican sent in a report from the upper Potomac. The dog days of summer drag on, but fishing is holding up pretty well in spite of it. Water temperatures in the upper Potomac River are ranging from 83 to 87 degrees and the river is low and clear. Water star grass continues to increase and many shallow areas better resemble a lawn than a river. Nevertheless, smallmouth bass have been taking tubes, grubs and 4" power worms bounced on the bottom with topwaters gettingsome action late in the day. In areas of vegetation try unweighted power worms rigged weedless and pulled over the vegetation allowing the worm to slowly sink in the open pockets. Rodney Pinckney enjoyed some smallmouth bass fishing on the upper Potomac River in the Dickerson area and holds up this nice 5 lb smallmouth for the camera before releasing it to prove it.
The recent heat has been tough on fishermen who would care to fish all day long. Most have been fishing the early morning hours and the evenings. This is when most fish are more active this time of the year; which is a typical response to warm temperatures. Casting surface lures over submerged grass beds or lily pads is a very effective method for largemouth bass. As the morning hours wear on fishing in deeper water near sunken wood, thick grass beds and shade are usually where largemouth will lurk to escape the sun. Will Brownlee was casting soft plastics at Allen’s Pond in Bowie when he caught this nice largemouth bass.
Fishermen are reporting that some of the water levels in the central region reservoirs are starting to show the effect of summer water usage and the results are exposed shorelines. This can be a great time to explore and remember places that might hold largemouth bass in higher water conditions. You also might be able to retrieve a few lost lures in the process. Reports of good fishing at St. Mary’s Lake for largemouth bass have been moving through the southern region fishing community lately. After the draw down a few years ago the lake has really sprung back to life.
Fishermen looking for largemouth bass fishing action in the many tidal creeks and rivers in the two regions have been enjoying good fishing due to thick grass beds and relatively clear water. The Susquehanna Flats area has been offering excellent largemouth bass fishing as has the Gunpowder/Dundee Creek area and the tidal Potomac. Fishermen are talking about working the outer edges of the grass beds on an ebb tide with small crankbaits such as the Mann’s Baby Minus-1 and soft plastics down through the grass.
The eastern side of the Susquehanna Flats has been offering some excellent fishing for largemouth bass lately due the thick grass beds. Largemouth bass are often under the thick grass hiding from the sun and can be caught on weedless soft plastics dropped down through the grass with plenty of weight. This tactic is also effective in the thick grass beds of the Bohemia and Sassafras Rivers. Surface poppers and buzzbaits fished over the tops of submerged grass beds in the early morning or late evening hours is also very effective.
Fishermen on the upper Choptank River report the best fishing for largemouth bass is above the town of Denton. Fallen trees, old docks and piers along with sunken wood are all good places to fish. The entrances of small creeks and spatterdock fields are also good places to look for largemouth, especially on an ebbing tide. Most fishermen are using different types of soft plastics such as grubs and stick worms usually in pumkin/green type colors.
The upper Nanticoke and Pocomoke are excellent places to fish for largemouth and most fishermen are hitting the early morning and late evening hours. Spatterdock fields, cypress knees and sunken wood are all good places to cast to. Soft plastics, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and small crankbaits are all good choices.
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