Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake are starting to see water temperatures begin to feel the effect of cool nights; this will do much to enhance fishing opportunities in the lake. Now that fishermen are past Labor Day weekend recreational boat traffic will diminish to a large degree bringing a calm over the lake once again. Largemouth bass are still holding to the thick grass beds in the shallower regions of the lake and are hard to get to. The best bet seems to be to fish early in the morning or evening when the bass are cruising the edges looking for food. Smallmouth bass can also be found during these hours near rocky points or the areas outside of floating docks.
Alan Klotz sent in this fishing report from Garrett County. Late summer and early fall is when anglers need to keep their eyes open for the flying ant hatch. This past weekend my son Kyle and I saw them coming off by the thousands in our yard, we dropped everything and headed down to the Yough River Catch and Return Trout fishing Area with our fly rods. Trout were rising everywhere and we landed quite a few rainbows and browns using a #18 cinnamon ant pattern. The following evening we fished Deep Creek Lake, and as soon as the boat traffic died down in the evening, the bluegills started taking ants off the surface and we had a blast catching them on our 2-wt fly rod!
On Labor Day, Kyle wanted to guide me on his favorite fishing spot – the Yough River and Snowy Creek in Crellin. It turned out to be one of our best days of fishing because he out-fished his old man. He ended up catching eight species of fish including brown trout, rainbow trout, green sunfish, bluegills, rock bass, river chubs, creek chubs, and a white sucker. It doesn’t matter what size or species, kids just like to catch fish – pictured is Kyle with a white sucker.
The upper Potomac River water levels continue to be low and heavy grass tends to clog a number of areas but good fishing for smallmouth bass prevails. Fishermen have been reporting good fishing for smallmouth along deep ledges while using tubes and soft plastic jigs.
Fishermen are still finding largemouth bass stuck to a summer pattern of holding to deep shaded cover during the day and shallower more open waters late in the evening and early morning hours. Fishermen have been reporting good success with floating soft plastic frogs cast under low hanging branches or near shallow grass beds and spatterdock beds. During late morning to late afternoon hours fishermen have been finding good success with small crankbaits and spinnerbaits cast near deep sunken wood and similar structure. Casting under docks is another good place to fish for largemouth seeking cool shade especially in the regions tidal rivers and creeks.
Fishing for all species of freshwater fish in the central and southern regions of the state will steadily improve as water temperatures begin to drop due to cooler nights and shorter days. Cooler water temperatures will have fish feeding more into the daylight hours and becoming more aggressive, something all fishermen will be looking forward to after the summer months.
Fishermen in the tidal portions of the Potomac report fishing for largemouth bass has mostly focused on the thick grass beds and deep structure. Water temperatures are still warm and the largemouth have been rather sluggish and either holding in the thick grass or deep where it is cool. They also report heavy algae problems in several areas near Matawoman Creek.
Fishermen fishing for largemouth bass have been reporting tough conditions lately when fishing in the upper reaches of the upper and mid shores tidal rivers. Water flows have been down due to drought conditions and agricultural draws from the rivers. Elevated water temperatures and low water have the bass retreating to some of the deeper cover within the rivers. Fishermen report that using small offerings and slowing down retrieves will often get more strikes. They also report that often the strikes are not much more than a subtle pickup.
The Pocomoke River has been running relatively cool and with good flows. Fishermen report good fishing for largemouth bass especially on the bottom of a falling tide. Casting topwater lures near spatterdock and grass beds during the early morning and late evening hours and switching to crankbaits, soft plastics such as worms and grubs or slowly retrieved spinnerbaits during the day.
Farm ponds and small lakes are always a big draw this time of the year and of course the best time to go is in the evening when the fish are more active. Heavy grass and various other submerged vegetation is always makes it hard to fish so often weedless lures are a must. Topwater lures such as buzzbaits and soft bodied frogs are good choices to go over the top of the growth.
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