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Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report
For Week Ending September 25, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos.

 Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan.

Sponsored by Under Armour, Ardent & Riverfront Campground.

LOU Lo-Po Club at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Lo-Po-Potomac-River-Largemouth-Club-1107431399330003/

Sponsored by Lowrance & Ardent.

LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/

Camp Sycamore at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/

When you visit these sites - hit the "like" button!

 

LOU Fish of the Week, Toothy Species: John Zanelotti with 45-Inch Musky from the Susquehanna while guided by Jason Shay.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: .93 steady (some rain this week) at Point of Rocks -- but may be lower due to submersed grass displacement; very clear; Boater Caution; Bacteria Caution; 75 degreees; extremely clear.

Boat traffic has slowed considerably due to low water and falling temps but bass fishing is as good as ever. Consider float trips -- or hire one of our guides. This is ideal conditions for youngsters as they can see just about everything that lives here.

LOU guide Scott Johnson reports: POR gage .9, water temp 76 and water is very clear.  This week I fished again from Lander to Brunswick with very good success, although the upstream winds did make it more challenging on Saturday.  As it has been for several weeks I fished areas with little to no weed growth, even areas with less current have held quality fish providing that there is good cover.  Topwaters are producing early in the morning and throughout the day spinnerbaits, campground special tubes and Case Magic Stiks or River Rock custom baits stick worms are putting the fish in the boat.  Chunk rock, submerged ledges, especially if they have an overhang have been the go to areas as well as shallow rock flats surrounding these areas.  With the cooler water temps the fish are taking baits more aggressively, particularly the smaller fish, but many of the bigger fish have been taken by dead sticking in time areas.  Boat activity has been very limited and for good reason, despite the gage reading .9, I believe it is lower as I am seeing rocks out of the water that have not been.  Hopefully we will see some rain and a good flushing of the river.  I have some dates available for this fall, contact me at 240-625-2550 or email @ dcgscottj@aol.com to schedule your trip.  You don't want to miss this great time to be on the water.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***; Very Low and clear; 3.1 at Harrisburg and 3.5 at Newport on the Juniata.

Much of central Pennsylvania is in a drought-condition where many of the Susquehanna contributors are dangerously low. The West Branch and Potter are pathetic. Many of the trout streams have dried -- and relief isn't in the near future.

You notice that our guides are still bragging about the size and numbers of the bass they are catching but remember -- they are highly experienced on this water and have very precise routs to get to their spots. This is no time to experiment.

LOU guide Jason Shay reports: Fishing has been great spinnerbaits and buzzbaits worked fast over ledge fronts have been the hot ticket. When the sun gets high and the bite slows jerkbaits and case magic sticks on current edges have been putting numbers in the boat. I am seeing a lot of Musky lately and fish are really starting to group up. Almost all of our fish this week have been with a partner of 2. I just had a cancellation on Oct 30 anyone looking to get in on the October action message me asap. Jason Shay, Life Outdoors Unlimited Susquehanna River Guide, Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide,
(717) 507-4377. Jason had no entries for FOW this week

LOU guide Matt Greene adds: This week we had a minor rise to the river which did not change conditions at all. The fish are still grouped up and aggressive making for some awesome fishing. The boat traffic is still at a minimum giving us a lot of water to fish. Baits of choice this week are top water, spinnerbait, and swimbait. Don't forget or late fall action is just around the corner and believe me you don't want to miss out on that. 717-576-3735

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; <80; lots of surface grass; Bacteria Alert.

Bass fishing has been fickle throughout the river but it is transition time as daylight shortens and temperatures drop.

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod reports: The fishing on the tidal Potomac this week started with a bang but east winds later in the week brought some tough fishing. Giant bass hit frogs and buzzbaits on the edge of grass beds when low tide coincided with evening hours. Also the snakeheads kept fishing exciting. The key was clear water and "cheese" grass mats. The DC section was very stingy. Drop shots and campground teaser tubes produced some small fish. The water temperature is dropping and the DC fish will be back on the bite. Stripers will school in the coming weeks and the big smallmouth will again start smashing topwaters. Cooler temperatures will also result in an excellent opportunity to catch fish on top water frogs in the southern creeks.

 

You don't have to take the whole day off to fish with KP3. Watch my Facebook (Kenny Penrod III- the fishing detective) and plan an afternoon trip when the fish are biting. The week of October 3 has excellent tides for an evening bass or snakehead trip. You will be hooked the first time you catch these fish on a frog or buzzbait. The days are getting shorter and it won't be long before you can only dream of spending a beautiful evening fishing for big bass and snakeheads on the river. Contact me at 2404789055. 

 

By the end of the week you can read on LOU magazine why I favor the DNR bass slot limit and the DNR proposed sanctuary areas. You can also read about the lies, attacks and misperceptions that surround these proposals such as "I hear that sanctuary areas were set up for the guides".

 

No reports for Maryland Eastern Shore River and Deep Creek Lake this week.

 

LOU thanks the best:

Under Armour <> RiverPro <> Lowrance <> Ardent <> Sunline <> Case Plastics

Big Mouth Lure Company <> Zipper Worms <> Mizmo <> RAB Jig Heads

Riverfront Camp Ground <> Campground Special Tubes <> NRA <> Mercury Motors

Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company

YETI (new and thank you)

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending September 18, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos.

 Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan.

Sponsored by Under Armour, Ardent & Riverfront Campground.

LOU Lo-Po Club at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Lo-Po-Potomac-River-Largemouth-Club-1107431399330003/

Sponsored by Lowrance & Ardent.

LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/

Camp Sycamore at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/

When you visit these sites - hit the "like" button!

 

LOU Fish of the Week, Largemouth: Satoshi Egawa with Ken on Tidal Potomac

LOU Lo-Po Largemouth Club: Satoshi Egawa, 20 7/8, Spinnerbait (New Leader)

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 75; very clear; extreme surface grass; >1 @ Point of Rocks.

Alerts: There has been a rash of break-ins at launch site along the upper Potomac including Nolands Ferry, Point of Rocks and Lander. Entry is forced and they target electronics and other items easily sold. This happened some years ago and we set a trap for the scumbags -- and got them. We didn't need police. You may so remember that most launch sites are on National Park Service property -- and they don't care. Call the State Police or local authority. We owe it to each other to look-out for such activity.

A facebook page contributor showed a smallmouth with white sores and tail-rot that was caught at Four Locks. I've seen this numerous times especially when water is low and hot for some time. Photos and pertinent information concerning fish disease should be reported to John Mullican of DNR at mullican@dnr.state.md.us. Anglers should also be concerned for their own health during these low water months. Wash (sanitized hand wipes) your hands before eating; avoid water contact if you have open wounds/sores and don't use your teeth to cut line you dummy.

MD DNR is the LAST authority to ever call about pollution issues because "it's not their job." Calling MD DE is a ha-ha also because you will have another birthday before they ever respond. I do have a lot of faith in the Riverkeeper organization lately and that may be best. Bret Walls at 240-366-1875 or Dean Naujoks at 202-796-8452. It's a shame when it takes private organizations rather than tax funded entities to fight the good fights. They have no POWER over fisheries.  

LOU guide Scott Johnson reports: POR gauge 0.9, water temp 75 and clear.  This week I fished from lander to Brunswick with good success.  The aquatic vegetation seems to be at its peak but showing the first signs of dying off.  The extremely low levels and amount of vegetation make navigating the river difficult however the boat and kayak traffic has diminished some.     I am also seeing the first signs of the bass starting to group and often caught several fish from one spot or saw bass following a hooked fish to the boat.  Topwater lures produced early in the am, then campground special tubes and River Rock baits stick worms caught most of the fish.  I found fish anywhere from shallow gravel flats to areas of deeper water with good cover such as submerged ledges, chunk rock or submerged trees.  As with earlier in summer dead sticking the deeper areas worked well.  I avoided the heavier vegetation this week finding rockier areas to hold more fish.   We are entering a great time to be on the river so don't miss the chance to book your trip.  With the water cooling and fewer people on the water the fishing should be outstanding, although I have been catching good numbers of fish all summer.  Contact me at 240-625-2550 or email @ dcgscottj@aol.com, I have some dates available. 

 

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***1/2; <75; so clear -- so low; beware bacteria levels. 3.1 at Harrisburg; 3.5 @ Newport on Juniata; 2.4 at Mapelton on Juniata; West Branch is dire straits.
 

Colleague Jason Halfpenny has been screaming for some FBC protection for the fishery he loves above the Arway-Line on the Juniata -- that banned bass fishing downstream to the confluence and about 100 miles of main stem Susquehanna. Jason says "all that did was send all bass fishermen to the area " "up here" and this little river can't stand that pressure."  In addition, the law allows weekend-long tournaments during the summer which just means fish don't have to be weighed for 48 hrs -- or more. That's a dead-fish contest more often than not -- and the law is on that side. You can argue the merits of that till the cows come home but Jason also feels that PFBC electro shocking studies use sites near tournament release areas that provide false results.

Halfpenny presented the Commission with a petition that contained more than 1000 names -- asking for "relief." I am a member of the Susquehanna Smallmouth Bass Advisory Committee and at the only meeting we ever had a few months ago -- we (some of us) asked for upper Juniata bass protection.

Anyway -- Jason has been "heard" and several members of local government (District Senators) were invited to witness an electro-shocking event for September 13 and 14.
 

Kris Kuhn, of PFBC postponed this event due to "low water conditions and predictions at the Mapelton Site." Mr. Kuhn is no-doubt correct on this "call" but let's hope the Senators and others get a chance to see "the numbers" on this rather under-protected sector of the Juniata.

SIDE-NOTE: I asked Mr Arway for YOY results for this year and he passed it off to "Andy," the man that really runs the fishery of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shields ignores me too.

 

Do you know what's coming! More water, cooler water, shorter days and a smallmouth bonanza the likes of which we haven't seen -- since spring. I know I'm moving my schedule back there. We have the best guides and it's your fault for not getting in on this. Call me at 240-44-2206 or email at kenpenrod@comcast.net. It's going to be awesome. May even give up hunting for this. Ooops -- forget that.

 

LOU guide Jason Shay reports: Fishing has been great. Smallies are extremely active and chasing bait (especially in morning and evening hours) topwater, spinnerbaits and swimbaits in translucent colors have been my top lures. Shallow gravel flats have been producing nice fish in am hours. During mid-day deeper ledge trenches have been the ticket Case Magic Stiks and rattletraps have been provoking the inactive fish to eat. Be careful the river is extremely low and i am seeing a lot of grass growth in areas that normally don't have it. Jet boats + shallow water + grass can be a dangerous combo. I have a few dates left this season. If you want to experience the Susquehanna at its best give me a call! Jason Shay, Life Outdoors Unlimited Susquehanna River Guide, Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide, Riveretech@yahoo.com, (717) 507-4377

LOU guide Matt Greene adds: This week the water temperature has dropped about 5 degrees setting up for some good fishing. They are definitely starting to group up in numbers and get aggressive. The river stage is at its lowest point this year and crystal clear, and as usual after the holiday the boat traffic is at a minimum. The baits of choice haven't change this week using a top water and spinnerbait, but the frequency of catching them on top water in the middle of the day has. Matt Greene,717-576-3735.

LOU guide John Stygler says: LOU Guide John Stygler is still fishing all the low water areas including the impoundments below Harrisburg with good success.  The fish are smaller than the areas above I-81 but that is not a bad thing.  He thinks these areas at rebounding after several years of poor fishing.   Harrisburg is 2.95 and Sunbury is 5.85 and no significant rain in the forecast.  The fish are on the blades with the dropping water temps and moving into Fall.  He is using Snagler Tackle Natural Series booster and Custom Boosters in shad colors.  Long casts are a must in this super clear water, burning subsurface and don't be afraid to do quick pauses.  You can contact him at 717-368-3802 or snaglertackle@aol.com

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; <80; bacteria warning; much loose grass.

Finally some relief from the heat that has been aiding algae and bacteria growth throughout the system. A water-contact event was cancelled in the DC area due to "unhealthy" conditions.

Bass fishing has been pretty good in some sectors. I fished the WW Bridge and DC areas this week. My client, DR Egawa, from Japan, caught a near-20-inch largemouth from Penrod Cove on a spinnerbait and he now leads the "LOU Lo-Po Largemouth Club" contest that will provide the winner with a near-$1000 Lowrance Elite Ti sonar/GPS unit at year's end. One of the other clients that qualify by catching an 18-inch bass will also win an Ardent rod and reel via drawing.

In the DC sector, that $100,000 Dock is taking a butt kicking -- one of the negatives to publicizing winning locations of tournaments. Areas adjacent to the Naval Air Station and Bolling AFB are holding nice smallmouth bass best taken with top water lures in the morning/evening and Campground Special tubes anytime. The grass along Regan Airport, in and around Gravely Point and  the Washington Channel hold nice bass best taken with Case Magic Stiks and buzzbaits.

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod, aka KP3 or the Fishing Detective reports: The last week produced some of the biggest largemouth and snakeheads of the year. This coming week will produce outgoing tides that coincide with the late evening hours. Perfect conditions for an evening trip to target big largemouth and snakeheads that station themselves at the edges of matted grass to wait for baitfish. This scenario of tide and low light hours can produce exciting strikes on buzzbaits and frogs. Call me at 2404789055 to book a 4 hour evening trip.

 

The big smallmouth in the DC area seem to be in a transition phase. They were more difficult to find last week but I would expect that the coming weeks will be excellent. October will see schooling smallmouth and stripers pushing bait into shallow water flats that are adjacent to deep water. Last year October produced the best fishing of the year so don't put those fishing rods away too early and call for a half or full day trip. There is no better time to be on the water than the fall.

 

The black bass subcommittee voted last week to not institute sanctuary areas on the tidal Potomac or upper Chesapeake Bay.
 

KP ADDS: So -- after several years of back and forth proposals, plans and promises -- Maryland DNR has accomplished NOTHING with regards to bass population loss in the Potomac and Upper Bay. Dysfunctional comes to mind. Seems to have a lot in common with the Clinton campaign.

 

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; <80

LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) says then topwater action is really good in the morning for smallmouth bass on rocky shorelines and stump points. Many of the docks have been pulled so those remaining will be extra-good and Bret likes to skip plastics there.

 

POCOMOKE RIVER: ** but improving; &70ish, clear

Most Eastern Shore waters are polluted to an extent by chicken farming practices but a lot of the sewage treatment plants are in need of overhaul also. The Pokomoke is no exception -- so always carry some canned sanitize wipes with you and use them before eating. Most of the vacationers are gone so the pleasure boat traffic is minimal -- and lowering water temperature helps the "bite."

This will be a good week for "tide" as it is "falling" in the morning which is a good thing. For instance, high tide at Pocomoke City on Tuesday is 6-AM and low tide is about 12:30. It's even better toward Snow Hill and Shad Landing. It's a fact that lower water is better for catching opportunities in any tidal river but the Pocomoke is even more pronounced -- perhaps because of the never ending shoreline vegetation/cover.

Spatterdock is the dominant cover with cypress roots a steady option. Find a tidal drainage ditch along the vegetation and if submersed wood is present -- hold on.

Chase the lowest water and Big Mouth buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and Big Shakeys do the job. Always, always have a Case Magic Stik or a Mizmo tube tied to a rod. Reach our guide, Brian Barnes at 302-745-4668 or call me at 240-447-2206.

 

   
   
   

LOU thanks the best:

Under Armour <> RiverPro <> Lowrance <> Ardent <> Sunline <> Case Plastics

Big Mouth Lure Company <> Zipper Worms <> Mizmo <> RAB Jig Heads

Riverfront Camp Ground <> Campground Special Tubes <> NRA <> Mercury Motors

Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company

YETI (new and thank you)

 

LOU Guides

Captain Ken Penrod @ 240-447-2206: Captain Dave Kerrigan @ 301-252-5322

Captain Kenny Penrod @ 240-478-9055; Captain Brian Barnes @ 302-745-4668

Captain Keith Barker @ 301-509-2102; Bret Winergardner @ 301-616-9889

Jason Shay @ 717-507-4377; John Stygler @ 717-368-3802

Matt Greene @ 717-576-3735; Scott Johnson @ 240-625-2550