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Latest Update: December 10, 2008 Next Update: December 17, 2008

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fisheries biologist Alan Klotz sent in this short report from the western region. The only ice-free trout streams are the tail waters of the Savage and North Branch Potomac, and these streams should still be good fishing for trout. During these winter months fishing with midge patterns work well. We are expecting a lot of rain tonight, so conditions can change by tomorrow.

The ice that has formed on the DCL most likely will be gone with the warm spell and rain.

John Mullican sent us this report from the upper Potomac River. The Potomac remains low and clear with water temperatures in the mid-30s. With the cold and windy weather we have had recently it's not surprising that few have ventured out. Walleye have been the mainstay for those willing to brave the elements. Try various jig and plastic combinations on the lightest jig heads that the wind will allow and present them very near or on the bottom. Hits will be subtle so watch your line for the slight kick that indicates a bite. During warming trends or when the fish are a little more active, slowly retrieved minnow baits can be productive.

Central/Southern Region:

There has not been a whole lot to report on in regard to freshwater fishing recently. Hardly anyone seems to be fishing in the frigid cold weather we’ve been experiencing lately. A warm front has moved into the region this week so perhaps fishermen will give it a try this week. Walleye fishing has been very good in the lower Susquehanna River for the last couple of weeks and should continue through this week. Fishermen are also catching yellow perch in the lower Susquehanna and channel catfish. Chain pickerel are being caught in the upper reaches of the numerous tidal rivers and creeks within the two regions.

Largemouth bass are hunkered down holding close to deep structure such as wood, rocks and steep channel edges. Slowly bouncing jigs, soft plastics and blade lures such as Silver Buddies along the bottom can often get a lethargic largemouth to pick up a bait.

Eastern Region:

It has been brutally cold out the past week and certainly put a damper on fishing but the warm front that has moved into the region this week will give fishermen a chance to fish more comfortably. Largemouth bass are holding deep to structure such as sunken wood or steep channel edges. Chain pickerel are active; the cold water doesn’t seem to bother them at all.

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