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By James DrakeHas it been hot enough for you lately?
Well, it is officially summer now but my goodness, a heat index over 100 degrees is just a tad too warm on my old hide.
The good news is that itís supposed to be a little more moderate for the next few days and the bottom fishing should continue to get better and better every day now.
My oldest daughter went crabbing a few days ago in St. Maryís County and caught some flounder in her traps and thatís just another good sign.
June has been designated as get outdoors month so get going and good luck to everyone.
Southern Maryland lakes and ponds The sky is lighting up now just about 5 a.m. so youíd better set the alarms early if youíre going to get in on the best fishing time. Start on top with poppers or buzzbaits and move onto soft plastics when that action slows.
The children are out of school now, so consider taking the little ones with you on occasion. Itís actually to your advantage for youíll be making a life-long fishing buddy.
I know this to be true for both my daughters came to visit last weekend for Fatherís Day. Of course, we took the grandbabies fishing and both my daughters took an active participation in our adventure. Yes, sometimes life is really good.
Mattawoman Creek Ken Penrod with the Life Outdoors Unlimited guide service (301-937-0010) told me he found one of the largest concentrations of bass in here that heís encountered in years. Casting to the outside edge of the milfoil was all he had to do.
Case Magic Stiks were his bait of choice. I got a call from a reader this past week who wanted to know where to buy them. Youíll find the best prices and selection online at www.caseplastics.com.
Nearby, Penrod also recommended the Leesylvania jetties, Chicamuxen grass, Belmont Bay grasses and Mallows Bay wood and grass.
Upper Potomac River Some decent grass growth is really evident now and thatís great news. The smallmouth fishing has been good to excellent this past week and water levels are stable. The LOU guides recommend teaser tubes. If you launch at Lander, the fishing has been outstanding both up and downriver from the launch.
Tidal Potomac River ďVery good fishingĒ is the account of things from Andy Andrzejewski with Reel Bass Adventures (301-932-1509) for both the creeks and main river.
Early morning and overcast conditions result in good topwater action on poppers and grass frogs worked along the well defined edges. A slow-rolled tandem spinnerbait worked through the grass or over wood also produces.
The LOU guides have been doing well on the south shore of Pohick Bay, Pomonkey Bay and the creek, small creeks inside Hallowing Cove and the big grass bed at Greenway.
The bass size limit has now dropped to 12 inches for a keeper in Maryland's tidal waters.
Lower Potomac River The past few days may have felt ghastly to you, but you can bet the croaker in the lower river liked it just fine. Remember that fishing is always better at night. Perch are starting to come on strong. Way downriver, Cornfield Harbor has been a good stop for both flounder and croaker.
Patuxent River More and more spot keep coming up the river, but the size is still staying on the small side. If itís just a fish dinner youíre looking for, perch are the better bet. Work around the many creeks with little Beetle Spins or similar small spinners and save that money normally spent on bloodworms.
Deep Creek Lake LOU guides Brent Nelson and Bret Winegardner are looking for both smallmouth and largemouth now around the boat docks, rocky shores near the state park and the grass edges in some of the major coves uplake.
The spawn has begun for those monster big bluegill Deep Creek Lake is famous for and right now is the best time of all to be casting over those beds with tiny poppers. Do that with a fly rod and you'll have a real ball.
Lake Anna Carlos Wood at High Point Marina reported that the good early morning topwater bite for bass on until about 8 a.m. Stay close to the main lake and mouths of creeks but a good bit away from the shoreline. As the day heats up, the bass will move even deeper.
The stripers are also active early and then move down to 20- to 25-foot depths and you'll find them there with trolled Redfins, DD-22s and XPS baits. The key to taking crappie now is to locate the deeper underwater structures such as brushpiles and the better bridge pilings.
Chesapeake Bay Christy Henderson at Buzzís Marina said the southwest Middle Grounds have nice size croaker, black drum and 1- to 3-pound blues when the winds allow you to fish. Stone Rock is often mentioned now for a good bluefish hole.
Henderson also told me they're finding a few speckled trout right around the mouth of St. Jeromeís Creek. A lot of small flounder and red drum along with spot and small rockfish are in the same general area.
Joe Tippett at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park told me a few days ago that fishermen had been finding both blues and rockfish around the Target Ship and trollers working the northeast corner of the Gas Docks had been taking some decent stripers. The perch fishing has really heated up, too.
Heather Grierson at the Rod ĎNí Reel Dock in Chesapeake Beach reported that some of their captains are hitting rockfish right out in front of them and Holland Point is holding good numbers of white perch and spot.
If you do happen upon some bigger spot, live-liners already working the Calvert Cliffs discharge are scoring.
Atlantic Ocean Sue Foster at Oyster Bay Tackle in Ocean City reported that blues, shad and a few keeper stripers at night are around the U.S. 50 Bridge. The winds here have been generally unkind this past week, but some hardy anglers did find shark, rays, kingfish, trout and some snapper blues in the surf.
Sea bass and flounder continue to be caught around the near offshore wrecks. Itís been hard for the fleet to get out to the canyons, but a few made the trip and good yellowfin catches were the reward.