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Latest Update: October 14, 2009 Next Update: October 21, 2009 (By 5pm)

Freshwater Fishing Reports

Western Region:

Fishermen at Deep Creek Lake are finding walleye and large yellow perch fishing improving this week as water temperatures cool. Some of the best walleye fishing has been occurring in the evenings along steep drop-offs; especially near deep grass. Fishermen are also catching a mix of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in some of the shallower areas near grass and rocky points.

The fall trout stocking program continues this month and fishermen are enjoying plenty of elbow room on many of the regions stocked waters and some nice fish. Current stocked waters can be viewed at the stocking page.

Central/Southern Region:

Cooler water temperatures have many species of freshwater fish in a very active mode; particularly largemouth bass. Fishermen have been enjoying a good morning and evening surface bite in the shallower waters of the regions lakes, reservoirs and tidal waters. Grasses are beginning to thin in many areas and largemouth bass are on the prowl. Small shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits retrieved right at the surface are a good option. During the day largemouth bass have been holding near deep sunken wood such as fallen tree tops. Soft plastic baits such as craws and worms are a good choice for this type of fishing as well as deep running crankbaits. Any crankbait that resembles a crawfish is a sure winner this time of the year. Crawfish are beginning to leave the shallows as cover disappears and waters cool down and head for deeper water. Jon Corcoran caught and released this nice largemouth bass on a chatterbait at Centennial Lake.

Central Region Fisheries Manager Mark Staley sent in this report on recent fall trout stockings and a picture of a happy fisherman. Fall trout stocking is in full swing throughout Central MD. We stocked several impoundments, the Little Patuxent at Savage, and Patapsco at Sykesville and Daniels, last week. Many of the loads of trout are a mix of really nice rainbow and brown trout. The rainbow trout we stocked last week, averaged 12-13 inches and the browns were a bit larger and heavier, with some close to 5 lbs. This week, we plan on stocking Gr. Seneca Creek, Deer Creek, and Gunpowder to name a few spots. Anna Staley used a Panther Martin spinner to catch this rainbow trout in the Patapsco River at Sykesville.

Eastern Region:

Cool Fall temperatures are making it very pleasant to spend some time out on the waterways of the eastern region. Largemouth bass are responding to surface lures such as poppers and shallow running crankbaits in the morning and evening hours. As the sun climbs higher in the sky largemouth bass can be found holding to deep sunken wood such as fallen tree tops. Often in tidal rivers the tops fall out into deep water near channel currents and provide good cover for bass waiting to ambushing passing prey. Small deep running crankbaits and soft plastics are good choices for fishermen. Jeremy Clark holds up a nice largemouth bass from the Pocomoke River before releasing it.

Grasses and lily pads are beginning to thin in many of the region lakes and ponds and largemouth bass and other species such as chain pickerel are a little easier to target. Crappie are beginning to school up near deep structure and can be caught on small jigs and minnows. Fishing for channel catfish has been a good option for fishing this week; cool water temperatures are causing them to be very active.

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