Chad Ighani, Recreational Angler
- Towson, MD
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Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink
Conowingo Dam Update
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam
Recently I've been fishing at Conowingo Dam pretty often. I've had some luck with smaller Striped Bass and Flathead Catfish. Fishing for the stripers is kind of a work out. Most of the time you will have to wade out into the water a little bit. Make sure you look up the water release schedule before you go, the water rises very quickly. People have been using surf style rods with 30-50 lb braided line to be able to cast long distances to the open gates. The rigs they have been using is a 2-4 oz inline trolling sinker with about a foot leader with a jig head with some sort of plastic (I've been having the most luck with Berkley Gulp minnow grub in pink) or a clouser deep minnow fly.
The average size of the striper that's around is 13 inches but every once in a while a bigger one gets pulled up in the morning or the end of the day. There is a good bit of people always fishing down there so you have to constantly have to make sure you are not crossing other peoples lines. The "rule" down at the bottom of the dam is cast after the person to your right casts, but it doesn't really happen that way most of the time due to someone being a jerk.
The flatheads are fun to catch and they put up a great fight. The best way I've found is to get some sort of large minnow or other fish live with a large weight and cast it right next to the dam. Normally with in a few minutes you will have one. I've also caught my fair share of them on the same set up I use for rockfish.
Conowingo Dam is an awesome place to fish as long as you donít mind losing a good bit of tackle, those rocks are killer. Good luck to you all and fish on!