Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
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Posted on July 22, 2014 | Permalink
Bass and Panfish Bite Remains Hot
Region: North Central
Location: Mason-Dixon Region
Despite the mid-July time frame, we continue to have quality catches in both public and private waters along the Mason-Dixon region. My friend Patrick Korn and I recently caught and released 75 bluegills and punkinseed/pumpkingill hybrids on 1/200th oz Trout Magnets tipped with Gulps redworms on the morning of the 'thunder moon' of July and found spawning fish once again but slightly deeper than the June timing. We later scored quality largemouths at another 'under the radar' public venue in Carroll County.
On July 19 my son Matt and I worked hard with drop-shot/worm combos for quality rather than quantity for a variety of panfish from a local pond . Top fish of the day was Matt's 12 1/8 inch bluegill X green sunfish hybrid that weighed 1 pound 8 ounces. A couple of bonus slab crappies were also in the mix.
Barring drought or low oxygen conditions, smaller lake options should hold up well right into the fall. For bass, fish early and late in the day for active fish on surface frogs or stickworms.