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Latest Update: April 22, 2009 Next Update: April 29, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishermen are reporting water temperatures at Deep Creek Lake of about 50-degrees in the lake and a few degrees warmer in the shallower coves. Walleye and smallmouth fishing has been good this week for fishermen; large yellow perch are also being caught.

Fisheries biologist Alan Klotz sent us this walleye report from Deep Creek Lake. We sampled Deep Creek Lake one evening last week, and the walleye were abundant in the rocky shoal areas of the lake – we obtained an abundance index of 150 adult walleye per hour of electro-fishing – that is a lot of fish!Walleye Most were male walleye in the 15 to 17 inch range, but we did collect a few nice sized females greater than 20 inches. See my “deer in the headlight” photo of a 24 inch female walleye – hey it’s dark out there and a flash catches you by surprise!

The Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department held its 4th Annual Walleye Tournament on Deep Creek Lake this weekend and had a great turn-out. Forty-seven teams competed, and they checked in 189 walleye, with the lunker measuring in at 25.5 inches and weighing 5.6 lbs.

Trout fishing continues to be good in most of the regions streams and creeks this week. Rainfall pumped up the flows in many areas earlier this week but flows should moderate by later on this week. Stocking crews continue to replenish many of the put and take areas and fishermen have been catching some impressive trout.

Fisheries biologist Alan Klotz sent us a link so fishermen can check water release schedules for the North Branch of the Potomac and the Savage.

Smallmouth BassThe upper Potomac River is currently running hard and is too dangerous to fish safely; it is possible that flows will diminish to some degree by the weekend but even if they do fishing will be difficult. Larry Lewis sent us this report from last weekend before the rain. My wife, Teresa and I went out on the Upper Potomac on 4/17/09 at the Mouth of Monocacy Ramp motored up to the Point of Rocks Bridge. Teresa landed a 16 1/2 ", 2lb-14oz Smallmouth bass on a Watermelon Seed colored Fat Albert Grub behind the rock ledge downriver from the bridge. I took a quick snap shot of Teresa and the prized catch then released the fish unharmed.

Central/Southern Region:

Fishermen are enjoying all kinds of freshwater fishing opportunities this week as largemouth bass are feeding heavily in preparation to spawning. The smaller male largemouth bass areLargemouth Bass already on the spawning beds and the larger females are either entering the shallower waters or are hanging out in slightly deeper water often near grass beds. Peter Congedo sent in this picture from Rocky Gorge of him and his son with a big female largemouth bass before slipping her back into the reservoir.

Fishermen will find some slightly stained waters in the upper ends of many reservoirs this week due to rain runoff but water conditions are good in most areas and water temperatures continue to rise. The many lakes, small ponds and reservoirs as well as tidal rivers and creeks will offer a lot of fishing opportunities this week. There is good catch and release fishing for hickory shad in the Deer Creek area as well as fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass in the lower Susquehanna River. The regions tidal rivers and creeks offer good fishing for channel catfish and white perch fishing should be good this weekend in the lower sections of the tidal rivers and creeks.

Central regional fisheries biologist Mark Staley sent us this notice. Recent rainfall has blessed us with spillover at Prettyboy and Loch Raven Reservoirs. The increased flow from Loch Raven will allow us to stock the Lower Gunpowder Put and Take area with trout for the first time this season. It also should help anadromous species like herring and hickory shad in the lower river. largemouth Bass

In season trout stocking continues to take place this week in many locations and fishermen can enjoy put and take trout fishing opportunities in a number of the regions trout stocked waters. Gilbert Run Park in lower Charles County is a great place to take the kids trout fishing. St. Mary’s Lake below California is another good place to fish for a variety of freshwater fish including largemouth bass like this one held by Neal Murray before releasing it.

Fishermen looking for largemouth bass in the tidal Potomac had to endure some chilly wet weather last week that tended to put a damper on the fishing. Conditions are improving this week and should be excellent this weekend. Fishermen will find male largemouth on the spawning beds and females are just moving into those areas or holding in slightly deeper adjacent waters. Fishermen are reporting the top of the tide is one of the best times to fish and emerging grass beds should be targeted.

Eastern Region:

As the landscape dries out this week from recent rains fishermen are looking forward to what should be a warm and sunny weekend. Water temperatures are rising in lakes, ponds and tidal rivers this week and largemouth bass in many areas are already spawning. Pond and shallow lakes now have female largemouth bass moving into the shallow spawning areas. In many of the tidal rivers and creeks where water temperatures are a bit cooler the males are on the nests and the females are holding in deeper adjacent waters. Fishermen are reporting targeting grass beds in those deeper adjacent waters with soft plastic jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Dave Mansue from Robbinsville, N.J. won last weekends Bassmasters Northern Open that was held out of the Northeast River beating his closest competitor by 6 lbs. He was using a ¾ oz jig with a pumpkin colored craw near rock outcroppings and underwater boulders.

Fishing for channel catfish should be good this week in tidal rivers such as the Northeast, Elk, Sassafras, Chester, Choptank and Nanticoke. Most any kind of cut bait or nightcrawlers works well; fishermen in the Choptank and Nanticoke should be careful when fishing in the striped bass spawning areas of those rivers and it is advisable to fore go fishing for channel catfish in those rivers or move above the spawning reaches.

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