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Latest Update: August 12, 2009 Next Update: August 19, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishing at Deep Creek Lake continues to focus around getting out early in the morning and working deep grass bed edges for a mix of smallmouth bass, walleye and large yellow perch. The floating docks and moored pontoon boats is the place to find lounging largemouth bass seeking refuge from the bright light and heat of the day. Skipping soft plastics or spinnerbaits under the docks is a good way to hook up.

Trout fishermen are enjoying the rewards of recent stockings of 4 lb rainbow trout in a number of trout waters. Check out the trout stocking website to see where these fish have been placed.

The upper Potomac can be a real draw for fishermen during the heat of the summer casting for smallmouth bass and walleye. Jason Wolfgang was fishing with his dad when he caught this nice 24” walleye.

Central/Southern Region:

Hot summer weather has certainly settled in on the Maryland freshwater fishing scene affecting fish and fishermen alike. Water temperatures are up and fish activity is down. The best fishing opportunities tend to be in the early morning hours; often before the sun breaks the horizon. The low light and cooler conditions entice largemouth bass to prowl the shallows in search of food. Topwater lures such as buzzbaits, scum frogs and similar surface lures are a fun way to fish. Once the mid-morning heat and sun moves in bass can be found retreating to thick grass over deep water. Dropping jigs and soft plastics into this mess can be a real chore but necessary since that is where the bass are holding.

Cooler water can often be a key factor in locating largemouth bass this time of the year so be observant of inlets if fishing in a lake or reservoir; freshwater springs are another factor to look for. If you’re paddling around in a canoe or small aluminum boat bare feet on the floor of the boat can signal a change in water temperature when passing over the influence of a cool water spring. In tidal waters feeder creeks can bring in cooler water and even a flood tide can drop the water temperature enough to spur largemouth bass into increased activity. In the lower Susquehanna River; afternoon water releases for power generation at the Conowingo Dam spurs largemouth and smallmouth bass into activity and is a great time to fish. Dan Horgan holds up a nice smallmouth bass he caught and released while fishing with his dad in the lower Susquehanna after a water release.

Bottom fishing for channel catfish and carp is a good option for fishing this time of the year. Some cool riverside shade, a comfortable chair, cool drinks, a forked stick and a spinning outfit is all one needs to enjoy this simple kind of fishing.

Eastern Region:

Fishing in the early morning and late evening hours in the regions local lakes, ponds and tidal waters has been the traditional pattern this month. Hot weather and water temperatures have fish and fishermen inactive during the mid-day heat. A typical summer pattern of fishing topwater lures in the low light hours in the shallows and deeper shade during brighter conditions.

Some of the regions local ponds and lakes such as Unicorn Lake Tuckahoe and Wye Mills are offering some excellent fishing for bluegills. They can be caught on bobber rigs with worms or crickets or by casting small rubber-legged poppers on an ultra light spinning rods or fly rods. Canoes can be rented at Tuckahoe State Park for use on Tuckahoe Lake by calling and reserving one.

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