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Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending June 28, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Mike Stoker with a 19.75” Susquehanna smallmouth caught on a spinnerbaits while guided by Jason Shay.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 75 degrees; stained; 3.3 rising to 11.6 by Monday and then falling to7’ by Wednesday. At Newport on the Juniata, Sunday was 6.7 rising to 14’ by Sunday and then falling to 9.5 by Wednesday.

Smallmouth bass fishing had been quite good recently where 30-60 bass per guided trip was the norm and although the majority of them are <12” long, you can still snatch an 18” or better if you put in the times and work the prime habitat. My caution to you is  the Potomac will rise very quickly into the “Danger” zone today (Sunday) so stay away for a while.

Prior to the heavy rains, the patterns between Seneca and Brunswick were very similar. Bass are in current near breaks and ledges. Boat position is a major factor and I can’t do what I do with my Minn Kota 112 Fortrex trolling motor.

I preach about the Ardent rods (Edge) and reels (Bolt or Wire) and you just can’t beat the 7# FC Sniper—but we are testing a new Sunline FC that’s sure to turn some heads soon. There is a morning-opportunity for topwater action but that evaporates as the sun rises. Swimbaits attached to RAB Swim jig heads, Campground Special tubes in the KP Series, especially Badass and KP Rose—plus Case Magic Stiks fished wacky style, using the Case Wacky-O tool. The Stik can also be used Texas rigged but no weight—and try this: use an 1/16th ounce, 1/0 jig head and rig a 4” Case Stik Texas style.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; 80+; very dirty and creek headwaters are blown-out

The river will be a mess for several days and there is much more dirty water and debris on the way. You can always find fishable water in the Washington Channel and in the Blue Plains vicinity. Early in the week Captain KP3 fished the DC area and says: “I fished on both Tuesday and Wednesday. I did well both days in the Washington channel. I caught bass on a variety of lured but a wacky worm did the best. Also a chatter bait on lower tides worked well. I caught a few bass on docks with jigs but the main stem of the upper portions of the river were discolored from rain. I went to the FLW tournament on Thursday and talked or overheard anglers centering on the grass of southern end of the river with plastics.”

The river was pretty much dominated by the FLW tournament which headquartered at Smallwood State Park. I like their format where they send the field (as many as 200 boats—only 140 this time) out on Thursday and Friday, reducing to the top 20 on Saturday and on Sunday—it’s only 10 anglers. That gives the local; working man his river back for his weekend. More than 50% of the field weighed-in about 10-pounds per day and big fish were very scarce. Many of the pros spoke of poor fishing and asked others why.

Scott Martin secured the FLW AOY award with one day left in the FLW season—and won an additional $125,000 for that deed. It was cool that Forrest Wood made the trophy presentation on that rainy, windy day—and Scott’s father (Roland Martin) and mother (Mary Ann Martin & owner of the Okeechobee-based Roland Martin Marina. Scotts sits in 5th place among the active anglers today (Sunday) as Texas resident  Clark Wendlandt leads the pack with a three day total of 47-2, a less than 2.5 pound average. Md’s Brian Schmitt is in 3rd place with 42-1 and New Jersey “Boy” Adrian Avena is 2nd with 43-6. I will announce the winner in a “Report Update” today—like right now!.

1

CLARK WENDLANDT

LEANDER, TX

14 - 13 (5)

17 - 13 (5)

32 - 10 (10)

14 - 8 (5)

12 - 14 (5)

47 - 2 (15)

60 - 0 (20)

$100,000 + Ranger Cup ($25,000)

2

ANDY MORGAN

DAYTON, TN

11 - 5 (5)

15 - 0 (5)

26 - 5 (10)

15 - 11 (5)

13 - 12 (5)

42 - 0 (15)

55 - 12 (20)

$28,309

3

ADRIAN AVENA

VINELAND, NJ

16 - 12 (5)

14 - 0 (5)

30 - 12 (10)

12 - 10 (5)

10 - 11 (5)

43 - 6 (15)

54 - 1 (20)

$23,575

4

DARREL ROBERTSON

JAY, OK

12 - 7 (5)

15 - 12 (5)

28 - 3 (10)

12 - 5 (5)

12 - 5 (5)

40 - 8 (15)

52 - 13 (20)

$18,842

5

JOHN VOYLES

PETERSBURG, IN

14 - 7 (5)

12 - 3 (5)

26 - 10 (10)

12 - 13 (5)

13 - 3 (5)

39 - 7 (15)

52 - 10 (20)

$17,895

6

SCOTT MARTIN

CLEWISTON, FL

13 - 11 (5)

12 - 14 (5)

26 - 9 (10)

14 - 5 (5)

11 - 11 (5)

40 - 14 (15)

52 - 9 (20)

$16,949

7

RANDY HAYNES

COUNCE, TN

14 - 6 (5)

12 - 5 (5)

26 - 11 (10)

12 - 8 (5)

12 - 11 (5)

39 - 3 (15)

51 - 14 (20)

$16,002

8

BRYAN SCHMITT

DEALE, MD

15 - 5 (5)

15 - 9 (5)

30 - 14 (10)

11 - 3 (5)

9 - 11 (5)

42 - 1 (15)

51 - 12 (20)

$15,055

9

LARRY NIXON

BEE BRANCH, AR

13 - 12 (5)

12 - 12 (5)

26 - 8 (10)

12 - 14 (5)

11 - 15 (5)

39 - 6 (15)

51 - 5 (20)

$14,109

10

JIM MOYNAGH

CARVER, MN

11 - 14 (5)

15 - 0 (5)

26 - 14 (10)

12 - 4 (5)

10 - 0 (5)

39 - 2 (15)

49 - 2 (20)

$13,162

 

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***1/2; 70s; very muddy; quickly rising; 5.0 at Harrisburg but rising to 8.3 by Tuesday. At Newport on the Juniata, it’s 6.7 today (Sunday) rising to 14 by Sunday before dropping to 9.5 for Wednesday.

It’s Sunday as I write this report and we still have trips out on the river as we did yesterday. This will cease today until the water settles down again.

The water was kind-of high and muddy all week—and strong winds didn’t help, but the guys got the weekend trips in—and just in time as it will “jump” to 8-feet today.

Pete Holmes said of Saturday: “we landed 36 fish. Most come on spinnerbaits and crankbaits from mid river structure... Susky temp dropped from 77°am to 73° pm ... 4.8'. @ Harrisburg and rising wind 15-30 mph ESE and heavy rain.”

Jason Shay has been doing a lot of 4-hour trips and this is what he has to say: All this week's clients were amazed by the amount of fight in these smallmouth and how fat they are. The number fish have been in current and ledges but the big fish have been staging in "ambush" areas (behind cover) and attacking you lure as soon as it hits the water. This is one of the best June's I have ever fished..Best lures are spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits

Jason Shay, Life Outdoors Unlimited, Susquehanna River Guide
(717) 507 4377
Riveretech@yahoo.com
www.penrodsguides.com

 

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; normal elevation. Clear & crowded.

Overall, fishing has been pretty good given the non-stop recreational activity here. LOU guides Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) and Bret Nelson (240-460-8839) report a “pretty good” topwater bite for smallmouth bass adjacent to rocky shorelines—and when the sun climbs high, the guides move to boat docks and grass beds where weightless plastics do the deed. Feel free to call either of the guides directly to book your trip, and of course, you can call me (Ken) at 240-447-2206.

Check out Captain Brent’s suggestions: LOU captain Brent Nelson reports that largemouth bass are now up shallow in 6 to 12 inches of water.  Nelson had two fish on Friday that weighed 3 and 4 pounds respectively, on a frog fished in the shallow pools and puddles behind the shoreline grass edge. The low light topwater smallmouth bite was spotty, but Brent had a couple good two pound fish on a wacky rigged Case Magic Stiks skipped up under the docks and pontoon boats.

Don’t forget—if you order directly from the Case website, use my promo code to get a 20% discount (KenP20). www.fishingcomplete.com

 

Mike Stoker about had the rod ripped out of his hand
from this one while spinnerbait in with guide Jason.

John Zanelotti with a nice smallie he caught on an evening trip with guide Jason Shay. 

Guide Jason Shay (717) 507 4377 is ready to put you on some hard fighting Susquehanna smallies.

Guide Jason Shay got to put 3 generations of William Harvey on Susquehanna Smallmouth..What a day.

LOU guide Matt Greene with a nice summer
time smallie.

Dan braved the weather and had a blast on the Susquehanna while guided by LOU Pete Holmes 717-360-1827

Rob couldn't believe how hard a Susquehanna
smallmouth fights!! He's hooked!!

Recent high school graduate Jake Harvey with a fat summer time
smallie with LOU guide John Stygler taken on a Snagler Tackle
Thin Wire Smoke Purple Gold spinnerbait.  Congratulations Jake
to both accomplishments this month.

LOU Guide John Stygler with Susqy bruiser that hammered a Snagler Tackle Thin Wire Snag Remover spinnerbait.  Book a LOU guide for great summertime Susquie spinnerbait action, the water is not the typical summertime level but the fish are still feeding and there are plenty of them. LOU guide captain Brent Nelson is taking
respectable largemouth bass in 6 to 12 iches of
water on frogs at Deep Creek Lake.
 
The secret to hooking largemouth bass
on a frog is to wait 3 seconds before setting
the hook, using 60 pound braid and a
stout rod on casting gear.
 
   
   
   

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending June 21, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Scott Smith with a 19 7/8 smallmouth from the Susquehanna River, on a spinnerbait, while guided by Jason Shay.

Susquehanna Special Guide Offer:  during Summer months, a 3-4 hour after-work experience for $250 plus expense. Based on guide availability.

Anglers are responsible for cost of lost lures or broken tackle. Contact Ken Penrod @ 240-447-2206 or kenpenrod@comcast.net or the guide. Catch & Release only. See www.penrodsguides.com for our trip policies.

Tidal Potomac Special Guide Offer: Summer month “Dawn or Dusk Bass Bustin’” for $300 plus $50, a 3-4 hour, topwater, we hope, event for the “gotta-work” angler. Based on guide availability. Anglers are responsible for lost lures and/or broken tackle. Contact Ken @  240-447-2206 or kenpenrod@comcast.net. Dawn meets at 5-AM and Dusk meets at 5-PM. Based on guide availability and only certain launch sites. Catch & Release only. See www.penrodsguides.com for our trip policies.

Tip of the Week: You hear me brag about the Case and Zipper products if you read my reports—and/or fish with me. I consider them to be ‘one of the best baits I ever used” and when you order on–line at www.fishingcomplete.com, I can get you a 20% discount—and that’s a hell of a deal. Just type “KenP20” in the coupon or discount box. It’s that easy.

News & Views: Town Hall meeting with ALL the Charles County Commissioners Tuesday, June 23 at 6-PM at the Bryans Road Firehouse, 3099 Livingston Road. Show up early, sign up to speak. I personally wish to thank the commissioner majority for removing the costly and sprawl-inducing Cross Country Connector from the budget. There are still some overzealous commissioners that are pushing for unnecessary growth in the region and it’s important that we assist those folks that resist—and to protect Mattawoman Creek.

Maryland’s Bass Federation (TBF) won the team trophy during the TBF Divisional bass tournament, hosted by West Virginia, on a very stingy Monongahela River where their high school team of Morgan Winegardner and Joe McClosky finished second in that division, Great job Maryland TBF—and you high school kids rock.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 70s; stained; 2.5 at Point of Rocks and rising to 3.8 by Monday.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been quite good on the sectors we cover, between Seneca and Brunswick where the pattern is copy-cat. Try you topwater baits in the AM but don’t die trying. Usually the fish get 15 minutes from me to prove they will eat buzzbaits or poppers. It should be perfect this week as recent rains will color the water and you can get away with some errors.

Use the teaser size tubes by Riverfront Campground in the KP Series, especially the Badass, KP Rose and Penrod Special colors. Another great presentation is a 4” Case Magic Stik on a 1/16th ounce RAB jig head. Plastic flukes and small crankbaits are OK but there is a lot of suspended algae that can clog your lures.

This is Minn Kota time folks so get yourself a good trolling motor—and your catch will improve. I highly recommend the Artdent Rods and Reels with 6 or 8# Sunline FC Sniper.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: 80s; some stain from recent heavy rains; hydrilla getting thick in places.

The Potomac will be host to the FLW Tournament this week and that accounts for the heavy traffic and scarcity of parking at launch sites. This “tour” brings some of the best anglers in the world and you can bet that someone will find a mother-load. Still, as much as I love the tournament idea and growth it brings our sport, the Potomac is not the Potomac of years past and it really needs a rest; a no-tournament rule for the spawn months; a three fish, 15” creel limit and only one event of 100 boats or more per month during the summer months. There is no reason that a catch & release river such as the Potomac should be having population problems—except that we are exploiting the resource. I hear from many tournament Pros asking “what’s wrong” and some even say, “we have to give her a break, now.”

LOU Guide Kenny Penrod (KP3) says: I only fished on Tuesday and fished Aquia. The water temp is in the 80's and good water clarity.  I primarily stayed in the second cove on the right and fished the grass. I caught a couple bass in morning on pop r's. The rest of the day I caught 8 more on weightless worms and small beavers.

The DC sector has been consistent, especially the dropoff and grass adjacent to Fort McNair in the Washington Channel. I’m liking the Case Magic Stik rigged Wacky style with an O-Wacky tool by Fishing Complete. The Ken’s Stik and the 6” green pumpkin/gold is my choice. There are some smallmouth on the railroad bridge foundations, under the causeway to Pentagon Lagoon and the dropoff at the Kennedy Center.

Mattawoman and vicinity has been under attack by tournament anglers—and they aren’t doing so well. Former LOU guide Charlie Baden helped with the FLW High School teams this week and his kids were only able to catch two bass out of the creek.

 

DEEP CREEK LAKE***: 70; normal pool, clear.

LOU guide, Captain Brent Nelson says:
Deep Creek Lake. Summer pool is 2461 and there's plenty of shoreline cover where largemouth bass prefer Case Magic Stiks, jigs and frogs. Skip your presentations under the willow trees, pontoons and docks.   Smallmouth bass still prefer noisy topwater baits in low light conditions and bluegills provide fun for the kids.  Trout will find cooler water temps where the creeks enter the lake and hold there. When the ambient temps move up into the 70's towards the summer, look for both brown and rainbow trout to migrate to the deeper waters near the dam.

SUSQUEHANNA/JUNIATA RIVERS:  ****; near 80; quite stained; 5.2 at Harrisburg rising to 6.1 by Monday before gradually falling. 5.2 at Newport on the Juniata rising to 6.2 by Monday. Much grass floating.

Smallmouth bass fishing between Fort Hunter and Montgomery Ferry has been “fantastic” according to our clients. Having so much water is a blessing this time of year—but my guys wish there wasn’t so much.

Jason Shay says: 4hr evening trips this week were averaging 25/35 bass. Lots of good size bass were caught. Our 4-hour evening trips cost $250 plus expense—and you really need to experience this action.

Top lures included spinnerbaits,crankbaits and topwater as the week went on the lures got brighter in color because of the rise. Tuesday we actually had a decent topwater bite for the last half hour of the day. Till Friday most of the river had less then a foot of visability. All fish are EXTREMELY healthy and active. It is unreal how fat they are for post spawn they are all "spring time" fat.

Jason Shay can be reached at:
Life Outdoors Unlimited, Susquehanna River Guide; (717) 507 4377; Riveretech@yahoo.com
www.penrodsguides.com

LOU Guide John Stygler says: Table Rock Snag 1/2oz spinnerbait, slow rolling west side island shoreline structure and grass beds.  The fish are not very aggressive, more of the swim up and grab it and hold them, had several follow back to the boat and would grab the blades but once they are on they are fishing beasts.  The main was real dirty on the east side, not fishable to very stained in the middle to stained on the west side islands and grass to very stained on the west side.  Juniata was very stained and full of floating eel grass.  I am sure the storm last night made everything worse today.  The temps were low to mid-seventies on the main and almost 80 in the Juniata.  The fish are fat with crawfish right now, almost as fat as the spawn.  Every fish I caught was plump and pooping orange and spitting crawfish up.  Recommended baits would be spinnerbait with large willows, lipless crankbaits with loud rattles and chatterbait but you know what my go-to is.  Here are some pics from yesterday and what they are doing to those spinnerbaits once they latch into one.  No fishing today, too hot and blown out by storms.  Happy father's day to everyone.

John Stygler, Owner Snagler Tackle Company, 717-368-3802, www.snaglertackle.com

LOU Guide Pete Holmes says: Despite muddy water the Susky is fishing well. I'm averaging 30+ fish a day. Most fish coming on spinnerbaits from mid river structure. 5.0' @ Harrisburg and holding. Heavy mud stain. 75°am 79° pm. Happy Father's day. Pete can be reached at 717-360-1827.

Scott Smith with a 19 7/8 smallmouth from the Susquehanna River, on a spinnerbait, while guided by Jason Shay. The other photo is of Morgan Winegardner and Joe McClosky, the High School Fishing Team and part of the Maryland Bass Federation State Team. They finished in 2nd place just three ounces out of 1st place recently. Joe is a regular at Ken Penrod’s Summer Youth Camp, Camp Sycamore and Morgan is the daughter of LOU guide Bret Winegardner who served as their Captain.
LOU guide John Stygler with a nice June Susquie smallie caught the opening weekend on a Snagler Tackle Death Snag spinnerbait, slow rolling.  The fish were fat, clean and full of spunk. Susquehanna smallmouth are annihilating spinnerbaits! Get in on the action! LOU Pete Holmes 717-360-1827
LOU guide John Stygler with a nice Susquehanna smallie caught on a Snagler Table Rock Snag spinnerbait slow rolling island structure and grass beds.  The fish are fat from gorging themselves on the June crawfish spawn.  

Guide Jason Shay with a 21.5 in spinnerbait slab

Tucker with a chunky smallie he caught on an evening trip
with guide Jason Shay.

Scott with a nice evening Susquehanna smallie he caught
with guide Jason.
 

Father and son John and John enjoyed an evening of smallie
smashing guided by Jason Shay.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending June 14, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

Ken Sr. is off on a well-earned two week vacation. This fishing report is authored by Kenny Penrod III. 

Ken Sr. will have cell phone and email everywhere goes so don’t hesitate to contact him  for bookings. Other options include; For Tidal Potomac, KP3 @ 240-876-2144. For Susquehanna/Juniata, Jason Shay at 717-507-4377. For Deep Creek Lake, Brent Nelson at 240-460-8839. For Upper Bay and Eastern Shore tidal River, Brian Barnes at 302-745-4668.

NOTES-

Last week Maryland fired four DNR leaders with a combined 98 years of experience including Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. An internal email from the agency’s new secretary (Mark Belton) announced the firings and stated, he “wont go into a long list of their respective achievements: what they’ve accomplished is significant and you are familiar with their efforts.”  Huh? What? Why then did you fire them? I warned you last week of this political agency (DNR) and the influence of money and constituencies in their decisions and lack of transparency with the truth. Tom O’Connell was particularly vulnerable because his position allocated resources among commercial, recreational, and conservation issues. Tom O’Connell was a guy- regardless if you agreed or disagreed with all or some of his policies- who worked very hard and cared about our resources. All should watch with interest who will be appointed (with “appointed” being the key word) to fill his spot. However, the next director’s name won’t matter because it   will be a political hack that will be ordered to put resource allocation into the following priorities- commercial, commercial, commercial!

Last week I mentioned the ineffectiveness of the Closed Season in the restricted areas of the Juniata and Susquehanna and promised to make an inquiry as to the number of citations issued to individuals violating this law. I sent the inquiry to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Association and never received a reply. I will give this commission some credit- at least they give the appearance of addressing an issue. Maryland could at least try to give the appearance as well as adopt Pennsylvania’s closed season for bass during the spawn (especially on the Potomac) that allows fishing but demands immediate catch and release. This is a simple and effective start to the Potomac bass issue.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 72-80; Some color; 1.9 at Point of Rocks and steady.

The bass are biting from Brunswick to Edwards Ferry. The key is to fish mid-river ledges but that does not necessarily mean fishing deep water. The fish are relating tight to structure near current in water that is often less than 2 feet in depth. One has to make accurate casts to rocks and logs- especially when the sun is high because bass will not travel far to strike.  In the Lander area- try tubes, small Case Magic Stik’s rigged wacky and even small white spinnerbaits from the ramp down to just below the power lines. In the Whites Ferry to Edward Ferry area- fish early with a white, weightless fluke and then change to a wacky Case Magic Stik as the sun gets high. Now is an excellent time to fish after work as the sun goes down- this is my favorite time to fish the river. The fish will chase flukes and top waters with abandon. Bigger smallmouths will hit a small, black buzzbait. Try this mid-river pattern near the power lines above the Edwards Ferry ramp.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; 80’s; stained especially north of Piscataway.

Please be reminded that the FLW Elite tour arrives on the tidal Potomac June 25-28. Anglers concerned about the health of our tidal Potomac River as well as its bass population should watch this carefully. The bass will be recovering from the spawn and the water temperature will be in the mid to high 80’s when the tournament occurs. These factors are the “perfect storm” for fish kills or the infamous term of “delayed mortality” utilized by bass tournament organizers to make a despicable situation sound like a scientific situation. One should check out this link http://www.bassfan.com/news_article/7268/dead-bass-a-possible-result-of-perfect-storm-#.VX3qeNJVhHw to educate oneself on the effects and causes of “delayed mortality”. Also, if you want to watch the FLW Elites – I suggest you get out there because after this tournament you may not see them on the river for some time.

In the Washington DC Section of the river – bass can be caught on bridge pilings using wacky rigged Magic Stiks on a light drop shot.  Also, there are some bass on the drops in the Washington Channel as well as in the sparse grass on the upper end of the channel. I also have some luck fishing current breaks (dock pilings) near drops with grass on top. This isn’t an easy situation to find but when you do find it- bass will be there. Also, check Fox Ferry and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge pilings.

The fishing was hard work in the Belle Haven area. A few bass can be caught in the grass of Broad Creek. I suggest using spinnerbaits and swim jigs in low light/higher tides and then force yourself to slow down with black/blue jigs or weightless Case Magic Stik on lower tides and/or high sun. There are also a lot of snakeheads in Broad Creek. I would also check Hawg Island, the mouth of Swan Creek, and main river docks.

The Mattawoman Section of the river was equally difficult for bass. I found bass at the mouths of small marsh drainage areas. These areas had milfoil edges where bass would line up on outgoing tides to ambush prey. The fish were caught using a swimming worm or weightless Case Magic Stik. I also caught a few bass flipping a blue/black jig into Spatterdock. I would seriously consider an evening trip on this section of the Potomac because bass will hit a swimming worm over grass no matter the tide as the sun sets. The grass and spatterdock levels in Matttawoman were disappointing. Next week Ill be fishing south of Mattawoman and will be able to provide a full report of those areas.   

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **; summer pool; 70ish

LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) and Captain Brent Nelson report that the largemouth bass spawn is over and bass are guarding fry. This makes bass susceptible in low light periods to frogs and buzzbaits thrown to shoreline vegetation. As the sun gets higher, both guides suggest throwing plastics and wacky rigged Case Magic Sticks under docks and pontoon boats where they hide in the shade. The further back under the dock you can throw or skip your lure - the better chance to present to unsuspecting largemouths. Also, Brent stated that he is getting vicious strikes from smallmouth bass while fishing noisy topwater prop baits and Pop-R’s. These baits should be retrieved aggressively during low light near grass that is adjacent to shoreline points and/or rocks. 

Deep Creek Lake is a beautiful vacation spot and a great area to introduce your kids to fishing. This lake contains a variety of fish species that can keep kids busy with “catching”. The guides have found big bluegills in the Turkey Neck and Sky Valley sections of the lake. In addition, perch and pickerel can be caught using live shiners drifted over mid-cove vegetation in 8-12 feet of water.

JUNIATA/SUSQUEHANNA RIVERS; ***; 77-79; stained; Susquehanna @ Harrisburg 4.7, Juniata @ Newport 3.9 and steady.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CLOSED SEASON HAS ENDED ON SMALLMOUTH BASS IN THE RESTRICTED AREA OF THE SUSQUEHANNA AND JUNIATA!!

LOU Guides Jason Shay, Pete Holmes and John Stygler report that despite some slightly stained water and the “post spawn funk” – good numbers of smallmouth bass are be caught a variety of ways as long as you are fishing mid-river current. Pete is catching bigger bass on spinnerbaits near grassbeds but catching numbers of bass while fishing small rattletraps near ledges. Jason and John also report the same pattern- fish mid-river ledges with spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Just a little note for newer anglers- “ledges” is a fancy term for a line of rocks that usually run horizontal to the river current. These “ledges” not only break the swift current but usually provide deeper water on the down current side of the ledge. There is not a river in the world where smallmouth bass don’t relate to mid-river ledges – especially after the spawn. It is a simple and consistent smallmouth pattern to say “fish mid-river ledges for smallmouth” but it is an extremely difficult task to fish these structures correctly and efficiently. To fish ledges correctly not only requires a lot of angling knowledge but also the proper boating equipment. There is no better place in the world to learn to locate and fish ledges correctly than the Susquehanna/Juniata. However, it is these same ledges that can get an inexperienced angler/boater into a dangerous and life threatening situation. All LOU guides are not only excellent fishermen but very knowledgeable boaters with years of experience and proper equipment to navigate these waters.

 

 

KP3 with some tidal Potomac River bass caught "swimming
a worm.
Guide Pete Holmes 717-360-1827 Fish are healthy and feisty!!
Tim caught his first ever smallie while spinnerbait fishing with
guide Jason Shay.
Jacob had this one inhale his spinnerbait while fishing with guide Jason.
Guide Jason Shay(717)507 4377 is ready to show you
what the summer spinnerbait talk is all about
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending June 7, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

Ken Sr. is off on a well-earned two week vacation. This fishing report is authored by Kenny Penrod III. 

Notes: I was contacted by Judy Lathrop. Judy is the Executive Director of the Piscataway Creek Discovery Center. Ms. Lathrop is looking for information from fisherman concerning eel populations and their locations on the tidal Potomac and its tributaries. If you have any catch or trap information that could be useful – please contact Ms. Lathrop at Lathrop.judy@gmail.com or kvpenrod@hotmail.com and I will pass it on.

Maryland continues to spend money in the planting of aquatic grasses but then allows haul-seining that destroys grasses in the same rivers and its tributaries where they plant!  (Note: the DNR will deny that haul-seining has a negative impact on aquatic grass). So do we trust Maryland or trust our eyes that see the uprooted grass after the sein boats pass. Also, the FLW was in town on May 16 and 16 lbs won the Potomac tournament while 27 pros came back without a bass (at the height of bass accessibility to anglers). Compare these results with May 9, 2009 when 21 lbs won the tournament and 16 lbs barely got you into 10th place. So do we trust Maryland DNR to be responsive to game fishermen’s concerns about declining bass populations- by the way MD DNR also denied a decline in the striper population in the 70’s and 80’s - or do we trust the statistics and our experiences? Please get involved and be an active advocate for our resources.

Also of note, Pennsylvania announced its “SOS- Save our Susquehanna Campaign” that aims to address the pollution that is the sole contributor to “sick bass” in the Susquehanna. This campaign to will be funded by the sale of fishing licenses. Now I am confused.. If it is pollution that is causing the ill effects to the smallmouth bass population on the Susquehanna (and if there are ill effects- it is certainly 100% from pollution) then why are fishermen punished by imposing a closed and unenforceable season on smallmouth that only hurts law abiding outdoorsmen and why do you add insult to injury by asking them to foot the bill for an issue that they did not create?  Pennsylvania should impose an “immediate catch and release only” smallmouth policy during the spawning season and use revenues obtained from licenses for legal fees to sue individuals and companies that continually thumb their noses at the law and pollute the Susquehanna. The closed policy is ridiculous and can’t be supported. Any mortality caused by catch and release fishing during the spawn could never compare in one hundred years to the mortality caused to the smallmouth bass populations (especially fingerlings and younger bass) resulting from Pennsylvania’s failure to address polluters!!

Ken Sr. will have cell phone and email everywhere goes so don’t hesitate to contact him  for bookings. Other options include; For Tidal Potomac, KP3 @ 240-876-2144. For Susquehanna/Juniata, Jason Shay at 717-507-4377. For Deep Creek Lake, Brent Nelson at 240-460-8839. For Upper Bay and Eastern Shore tidal River, Brian Barnes at 302-745-4668.

A MESSAGE FROM KEN PENROD:

Dear Governor Hogan and Chief of Staff Craig Williams,
I cannot express in words how disappointed and let-down that I and thousands of other
Maryland anglers feel about your dismissal of Tom O'Connell as Chief of Fisheries at the DNR. How could you do that. You do know that thousands of US., and I do represent thousands, helped get you elected. There are those at DNR that need to be fired but Tom isn't one of them and we ask you to fix this immediately. He spoke for the fish, not the dollars that his enemies sought from our fragile resource. You are going to need us somewhere down the road and I can tell you now, don't count on it unless you fix this horrible decision. I can be reached at 240-447-2206 or Kenpenrod@comcast.net.
Those of you that want to help can complain to the COS at Craig.a.williams@maryland.gov
I see the DNR supports a felon , a man that was convicted of stealing and selling 80,000 pounds of largemouth bass from the Potomac River, yet they fire the best fisheries man to come along in decades. Boooooo.


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***
; <70; Some color; 2.58 at Point of Rocks and falling.

Recent rains should only improve the excellent fishing on the upper Potomac. Large numbers of smallmouth are being caught from Brunswick to Edwards Ferry. The majority of the fish are less than 12 inches but these fish are aggressive and fight hard. Use medium action Ardent rods combined with the new Ardent Finesse reel spooled with 8 lb Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line to cast white grubs and Case Magic Stiks into eddies and pockets. Cover water with black buzzbaits and small swimbaits to catch larger smallmouths. Also, look for small dimples (circles) on the water that indicate fish feeding on emerging insects- immediately cast a Magic Stik or grub to the dimple and catch a bass!  This pattern is especially effective in the area of the power lines above Edwards Ferry. Top waters and white flukes in the evening are an exciting way to catch smallmouth and never forget the reliable Rapala floating minnow. Also, the rising water combined with a little stain is the perfect time to use small chartreuse colored crankbaits near islands and over ledges. The favored color in the Case Magc Stik is the Ken’s Stik (if you order from the Case website, use my discount code KenP20 to receive 20% off).

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; high 70’s; wind stain; 

The weather conditions – particularly strong east winds- of the past week combined to make fishing tough. The full moon did produce some spawning activity but it was minimal. I expect fishing to improve in the coming weeks as the fish recover from the spawn. The traditional pattern of grass, docks and drop offs will be the theme for the coming weeks. In the coming week -look for the areas that bass traditionally spawn and then look for grassbeds, docks, wood, etc that are near the mouths of these areas and lead to the main river. Bass will now be looking for heavier current.

Please be reminded that the FLW Elite tour arrives on the tidal Potomac June 25-28. Forget launching at Smallwood ramp during this period and if you do choose to fish- expect a lot of people on the river. The results of this tournament will be interesting. 

I fished Sunday through Wednesday of this past week and concentrated in DC as well as Piscataway, Belle Haven, Broad and Dogue. Before the wind kicked up on Tuesday- some fish were in traditional spawning areas and could be caught using black/blue Magic Stik or my favorite- a black/blue jig. The key was to find grass- and there is a little grass in Broad and Piscataway- and fish slowly. This requires a feel as you gently hit the emerging grass and rock it before pulling it away. Rig your worm weightless or with a 1/16th ounce pegged slip sinker. The jig was a 3/16th- ¼ ounce finesses jig with a crawfish trailer in the “Potomac Blue” color. I also pitched the same jig to dock pilings and did well.  I could only find grass in small sections of Fort McNair shoal but caught bass on silver/blue crankbaits. Also, the bridge pilings held fish and I caught them on a wacky worm drop shot. Also, try a ¼ ounce white Big Mouth spinnerbaits in the grass of Broad and Piscataway in low light.

 Captain Dave Kerrigan and others catch Striped bass during low light and higher tides near Blue Plains. I have been fishing the WW Bridge pilings with drop shots on moving tides. I concentrate on the first pilings off the main channels. There are bass in the spoils- as always- but it has been work for me. I will fish the inside of the spoils during higher tides and move to the outside drops – near the barges- during low tides.  I did not fish Fox Ferry or Hawg Island this week because of the winds but you can bet I will be there when the winds allow me to fish it properly.   

In the Mattawoman sector, try Long Cove, Marsh Island, Smallwood Bay, and the back of the creek during lower tides. Also, a tip that worked well for me last year was to move deep into the spatterdocks during high tides and pitch heavy jigs. I caught some really big bass last year with that technique. Also, a white paddletail swimbait over grass with a 1/16 ounce weight will work great. Try a wacky rigged Case Magic Stik on outside weed lines at lower tides. I also catch bass on small topwaters on edges of weedlines and Spatterdock fields especially when lowlight is combined with the lower tides. 

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **; summer pool; 60ish

LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) reports that the largemouth bass spawn is over and bass are relating to any shoreline cover where they can be caught with jigs and Magic Stiks. Bret also reports that there is good morning topwater action with poppers and walking baits. Bluegills are spawning in the back ends of coves and are caught with night crawlers and meal worms. 

Captain Brent Nelson reports that smallmouths are hitting topwaters during low light conditions and largemouths are cruising the shorelines. He suggests concentrating on grass edges and wood to catch bass. Brent also reports that there is plenty of action with chain pickerel and these aggressive, hard fighting fish can keep the day interesting for anglers of all experience levels. Brent also reports that trout can be taken in the cool tributaries and creeks that enter the lake.

JUNIATA/SUSQUEHANNA RIVERS; ***; near 80; stained; 3.7 @ Lewistown and falling slightly.

IMPORTANT NOTE: June 12 ends the Closed Season on Smallmouth bass in the restricted area of the Susquehanna and Juniata. .

First let me tell you that this is a world class smallmouth bass fishery second to none that is within two hours of Washington DC. My fishing experience on the river this past spring left me in awe and I have fished for smallmouth from Lake Erie to Oneida to Canada. I plan on spending a lot more time on the Susquehanna and personally experience the stories I have heard about catching huge smallmouth on spinnerbaits, topwaters and buzzbaits in the summer and fall. I had the opportunity to fish with Jason Shay, Pete Holmes, John Stygler, Matt Greene and my dad this past fall and spring and I will assure you that there is no better fishing in the country. These guys also cost me a lot of money because a jet boat is definitely in my future!

Guide Pete Holmes has been fishing the North Branch of the Susquehanna and averaging 30+ fish a day. Pete is fishing mid river structures with spinnerbaits and top waters. Guide Jason Shay is fishing above the restricted area and also catching loads of big smallmouths using spinnerbaits, top waters and Case Magic Stiks. These guys can get you to the fish and have all the necessary boats and equipment to fish this fabulous fishery effectively and safely.

Maggie Penrod on Lake Powell with hubby Ken.

She kept me busy netting her fish but I did get in on the Powell action.
Kevin Carson caught a fine tidal Potomac largemouth while
fishing with KP3.
Tidal Potomac bass are on bridge pilings.
Guide Pete Holmes with a fine north branch smallmouth that
crushed a top water bait. Book a trip today!! 
717-360-1827
Guide Jason Shay (717) 507 4377  has been on some impressive smallies.
 
Kevin and Lenny love to fish and braved the weather to catch a nice bass off a tidal Potomac dock.  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 31, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

Notes: I begin a two week adventure tomorrow (31st) and Kenny Penrod 111 will be doing the fish report for the next two weeks. Guides should get KP3 their information by Saturday evenings at kvpenrod@hotmail.com. . Those of you that receive a personal report will not—for two weeks but go to www.penrodsguides.com on Mondays to see the published report.

I will have cell phone and email everywhere I go so don’t hesitate to contact me for bookings. Other options include; For Tidal Potomac, KP3 @ 240-876-2144. For Susquehanna/Juniata, Jason Shay at 717-507-4377. For Deep Creek Lake, Brent Nelson at 240-460-8839. For Upper Bay and Eastern Shore tidal River, Brian Barnes at 302-745-4668.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; <70; Some color; 1.77 at Point of Rocks and steady.

We are catching lots of smallmouth bass throughout the river and the majority measure less than 12-inches long, but a fair number of 12-18” bass are caught on KP Series tubes; Case Magic Stiks and RAM Swim jig heads with 4” swim baits account for most fish. On Thursday, the smallmouth would not touch a tube unless you jigged it or would swim it. Best colors include Badass, KP Rose and KP Special. The favored Case Stik is the Ken’s Stik (if you order from the Case website, use my discount code to receive 20% off: “KenP20.” We average 50 bass for a 7-hr day. Best areas include Seneca; Edwards Ferry, Lander and Brunswick. My Minn Kota 112 gets a workout here but that’s why they make it. As with all of our fishing adventures, we depend upon Ardent rods and reels and Sunline FC Sniper line.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 70ish; wind stain; moon is “waxing gibbous” at 98% toward June 2 full moon. You can expect some spawn activity.

The large concentrations have dispersed for the most part so locating their summer haunts becomes your job. Remember the rule: “Find the food and you have found the fish,”

Captain KP3 has been fishing between DC and Piscataway where he finds bass in strange places, particularly in the DC sector. It’s a good launch at Gravely Point and it puts you in the middle of things. Pentagon Lagoon is more of a spawn cove but there seems to be plenty of hold-over bass there. Try a Zipper Craw or 6” Zipper worm here. The Washington Channel is a “lake unto itself” so treat it like that. The dropoff along Fort McNair is special—but so is the scant vegetation on the shoal. Use the Mizmo tube or a Rapala DT here. The Big Mouth spinnerbaits in the Penrod Special should always be tied on one rod.

I have been fishing the WW Bridge and Mattawoman areas with mediocre results. In the WW Bridge area, crankbait the drops at Penrod Cove and old barges. Likewise in Smoot Bay, near the backend. Coves near Belle Haven have been good to us and it’s a Case Magic Stik thing.  You really need to get some of those under-chin spin jigs by Replicator that accepts your favorite swimbait. 

It is a crying shame that both Maryland and Virginia allow haul-seining on spawning flats that grows SAV. They completely destroy the bass beds and the damage to the grass and spatterdock is criminal. These guys laugh at speed limits. This has to stop.

In the Mattawoman sector, the back end of the creek is a good bet for low water where Magic Stiks and Big Mouth spinnerbaits or Big Shaky does the deed. You just have to get some of those Replicator swim bait heads with the under-the-chin spinner. Between March Island and the river, fish the grassed in Long Bay and never pass up Marsh Island on a high tide.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **; summer pool; 60ish

LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) reports that the “spawn is just about over” so bass have moved to grass beds in coves and boat docks where Case Magic Stiks do the job. Bret says the smallmouth topwater bite at rocky shores and points is a good-thing but go to tubes and wacky rigs when the sun is high.

JUNIATA/SUSQUEHANNA RIVERS; ***; near 70; clear; 3.2 @ Lewistown and will rise to about 4 by Monday.

Smallmouth bass action in the LEGAL areas has been very good according to LOU guide Jason Shay. It seems that many anglers are simply thumbing their noses at the PF&BC regulation that states bass fishing is illegal until June 12. Some are even posting U Tube clips of their catches.

Jason, John Stygler and Pete Holmes are fishing above the restricted area of the Juniata with spinnerbaits and they are kickin’ butt.

Lucian Romano with a nice Potomac River Smallmouth while guided by Ken. Lenny Romano used a KP Series tube and Ardent gear
to catch this Lander area bass.
Dr. Dave will have fished with me for 27 years come June.
Lookin' for more.

Guide Jason Shay with a nice walleye that crushed his spinnerbait.

LOU guide Jason Shay has been on some
nice fish above the restriction area  
(717) 507 4377

Guide Pete Holmes is finding solid fish
outside the restricted area.
Book a trip today!! 
717-360-1827

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 24, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 



Notes: I will be on vacation between June 1 and 14 so KP3 will be filing the fish report. Those of you that receive a personal report will not, during those weeks but you can get it via our website each Monday at www.penrodsguides.com. Media members that need it earlier should send me a note asap so I can get that information to KP3. Guides should send their reports to Kenny during that time but always copy me.

My summer youth camp begins on July 13 and I may have one opening. Contact me at kenpenrod@comcast.net.

I am filing this report of Friday (22nd) as I visit my friends, Bobby & Carol Mullis at OC.

 

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; >70; tidal stain

Bass fishing has been pretty good, top to bottom, in most of our sectors with DC and WW Bridge areas leading the pack.

In the Washington D C vicinity, the spawning bass are moving into typical summer patters. The railroad bridge foundations plus those under Key Bridge have been giving up some nice bass including smallmouth and striped. Find some submersed vegetation in the Channlel near the end of Fort McNair but don’t avoid the dropoff either. Use Case Magic Stiks on the shoals and Mizmo tubes or Rapala DT crankbaits on the drop. Pretty good results where the Channel meets ends also.

In the Woodrow Wilson Bridge sector, bass are scattering from the traditional spawning grounds but typical of this richly deep water sector—they will not move far. Best areas fo us include Penrod Cove and Smoot Bay where Mizmo tubes are favored. In the Belle Haven area coved, it’s hard to beat the Case Magic Stiks in Ken’s Stik and Green Pumpkin/gold (order directly from Fishing Complete website and enter KenP20 in the discount box to get my gift-discount for yourself) attached to a 3/0 wide gap hook. By the way, I use 7 or 8 pound test Sunline, DC-Sniper line on medium action Ardent rods and reels (try the Edge rod and Bolt of Wire reel). Fairly reliable areas include cove portions of Piscataway Creek, Bulltown Cove, boat docks in Dogue Creek, shallow cover in Pohick Bay and grass at the mouth of Pomonkey Creek. It’s hard to beat the Big Mouth Lure’s Big Shaky and Swim Jig—and if you haven’t ordered some of those under-chin swim bait rigs from Replicator—shame on you. 

The Mattawoman area has been “pretty good” although strong northerly winds and a recent cold front did create some issues. The back end of the creek is always best during a falling tide where Big Mouth spinnerbaits, Case Salty Shads and that every reliable Replicator (add a skinny dipper) does best on spatterdock edges and drop-offs. Marsh Island during high water is worthy and grass beds in coves between the [park and river show signs of “good ol’ days” from time to time. Across the river in the Occoquan/Belmont bays, Commercial watermen are destroying bass beds and young vegetation with their haul-seining activities—and officials say they can’t do anything about that. I say “bullshit.” It’s time to get legislation that would prohibit habitat destruction especially during the March 15, June 15 time frame when bedding bass and new-born fry are most vulnerable. They destroyed grasses in Broad Creek and the spatterdock fields in Mattawwoman are but a shadow of the past. Complain to the VA and MD fisheries brain-trusts—loudly.

Some decent catches from Mallows, Blue Banks and Aquia Creek grass areas.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; >70; clear, sort-of; 2.8 @ Point of Rocks

The cold front and strong winds did nothing to aid the angler but for the most part, bass catches have improved and to some extent, the “size” has also.

Between Seneca and Brunswick, the pattern is similar. Find ledges, especially submersed ledges, and cast Campground Special tubes on RAB jig heads or Case Magic Stiks and Zipper Craws. I really like that Sunline, 7# FC Sniper line. If you are a Type A, cast crankbaits that dive to 4-feet or so, and bang those rocks. Best areas have been Seneca and Brunswick.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***; clear; 4.3 @ Lewistown

I know that ED John Arway and the PFBC are doing what they think is the right-thing by closing bass season on large areas of the Susquehanna/Juniata complex but in effect, they are making cheaters out of otherwise good people. There are many bass boats in the restricted waters claiming to be targeting walleye and other fish but while the “good guys” stay away, it’s still game-on for others. Mr Arway’s concerns are legitimate as pollution from farm runoff and inadequate sewage treatment is doing harm. It’s true that there are some sick fish (although of the thousands my group has caught, not one single bass appeared sick. Yes, there are male fish with female eggs—but that’s true in the Potomac, James and Rappahannock. Yes, the “black- blotch” occurrence is extra-ordinary—but I/we find that same pigment disorder in bass all over this country.

The LOU guides are working portions of the rivers not affected by the regulation and doing very well with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and the always reliable Campground Special, KP Series tubes kin the Badass, KP Rose and KP Candy colors. Just a reminder that the “spinnerbait-bite” during the summer months is an unbelievable adventure that you should not miss.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; <70; clear & busy

LOU has two of the finest lake guides that ever worked a particular water, Captain Brent Nelson and Bret Winegardner, and those of you that vacation here really should take advantage of this. The docks are going in and the grasses are growing which means “target-rich” habitats for expert and novice alike.

POCOMOKE RIVER: **1/2; 70s, cypress stain.

LOU guide, Captain Brian Barnes knows this system as good as any man alive or dead—and he is such a good teacher. Like most Eastern Shore Rivers that are rich in habitat, a falling or low water condition is far superior, so consult the charts or Brian for best dates.

Barnes loves the water above Snow Hill, which requires drawn-bridge opening by appointment. His Big Mouth lures such as Big Shakys and spinnerbaits are designed for tidal water bass. Go to his website at bigmouthlures.com and use the order form.

If you use Shad Landing, you could actually drop your trolling motor is the water and never run out of habitat to cast to all the way to Pocomoke City and beyond. Even better, there are very few users during the week.

Brian also specializes in the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers as well as the Upper Bay complex.

LOU highly recommends the following great sponsors: RiverPro; Mercury; Minn Kota; Lowrance; Power Pole; NRA; Sunline; Under Armour; Ardent Outdoors; Mizmo; Big Mouth Lure Company; Case Plastics; Zipper Worms; RAB Jig Heads and Swim jig heads; Replicator; Riverfront Campground.

A fat Mattawoman bass for our client that fell for a fluke while
guided by Ken.
Dr Dave also used a fluke to catch this cold-front largemouth
aboard Ken's RiverPro.
 
Yes sir--that's a Big Mouth Lure, Penrod Special spinnerbait,
attached to the mouth of a Mattawoman bass.
 

Your Attention Is directed to the following:

Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fish License Description:

The recreational fishing license structure changed in the 2010 session of the General Assembly. These changes become effective on January 1, 2011. A description of the license and registration requirements for the tidal waters of the State are as follows:

Resident and Non-Resident Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport (annual) License allows an individual to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the state waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic coastal bays and tributaries from January 1 through December 31.

·                  $15 – Resident Annual

·                  $22.50 – Non-resident Annual

7-day Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport License allows residents and non-residents to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the state waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic coastal bays and tributaries for 7 consecutive fishing days.

·                  $6 – Resident 7-Day

·                  $12 – Non-resident 7 Day

Resident Senior Consolidated Fishing License allows residents who are 65 years of age or older to fish in the fresh waters of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the state waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic coastal bays and tributaries from January 1 through December 31 at a reduced rate. $5

Consolidated Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Boat License allows everyone on board a vessel used for pleasure to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the state waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic coastal bays and tributaries in lieu of individual licenses. However, these individuals must register with the Department (see below). A special complimentary Bay & Coastal sport fishing license, which includes recreational crabbing, will be issued to the boat owner purchasing this license. The $50 Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing Decal is NOT valid as a Recreational Crabbing Boat License (though the purchaser of this decal is given one complimentary individual recreational crabbing license).

FREE Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Registration Unless individually licensed, registration is required for MD. waterfront property owners, those fishing in a designated free fishing area, and passengers on a vessel displaying a Boat License (decal) from MD,VA, or PRFC. In the Potomac River a registration is required for passengers on a vessel displaying a Boat License decal from MD, VA, or PRFC, and for the owner or owner’s nonpaying guest fishing from private real property or an attached pier in the tidal waters of the Potomac River.

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 17, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Keith Mainland, Potomac River, with Ken on a Mizmo Tube.

LOU Fish of the Week: Leo Roman, snakehead, Potomac, with Ken. Case Magic Stik.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER; **1/2; 70ish degrees; clear; 2.35 @ Point of Rocks rising to 4.1 by Wednesday

Smallmouth bass fishing between Seneca and Brunswick has remained consistent this week with most bass in the <12” class with a few in the 15-18” class. Mid-river ledges seem to be most consistent where Campground Special Teaser tubes in the KP Series combined with 1/8th once RAB jig heads. Backup lures include Case Magic Stiks either Wacky-rigged or attached to a 3/0 wide gap hook—Texas rig.

JUNIATA RIVER, PA: ***; 70ish; clear; 3.96 at Lewistown, rising to 5.6 by Wednesday.

LOU guides Jason Shay and John Stygler have been fishing areas above the “Closure” zone with Snagler spinnerbaits and they are doing well. Remember, you may not fish for bass from the bridge at Port Royal to the Susquehanna confluence, approximately 30 miles.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; >70; some color; recent storms will add more

Largemouth bass fishing has been pretty good in some locations and disturbing poor in others—but that could be because some refuse to change patterns and locations. It could also be because our fishery managers have an open-door policy when it comes to huge tournaments during spawn periods and hot-water times. This is not the fault of the tournament competitors because they care about gthe fish as much as anyone does.

In Washington DC jurisdiction, Captain Kenny Penrod (KP3) has been catching nice bass in Pentagon Lagoon and in areas of the Washington Channel.

The WW Bridge sector has been surprisingly productive in rather shallow water where a new moon spawn is currently underway. You cannot beat a 6” Case Magic Stik attached to a 3/0 wide gap hook—or Wacky rigged with a “Wacky-O” tool from Fishing Complete/Case Plastics. I like to Ken’s Stik and the green pumpkin/gold colors but it’s hard to find a color they don’t eat. You can go to www.fishingcomplete.com and order directly from them. To take advantage of my discount, put “KenP20” in the promo code box.

Best areas here have been Penrod Cove, areas of Smoot Bay, areas of the Belle Haven coves and areas of Piscataway Creek. Pomonkey Creek and Pohick Bay are productive with some work. Use those Big Mouth Lures in the grass areas, especially the Big Shaky and the Penrod Special. Did you get some of those Replicators with the chin-spin yet?

MATTAWOMAN & VICINITY: The snakehead hunters have made them scarce in a lot of the tributaries and I hear that the Potomac River Fisheries Commission may be offering a “Snakehead hunting license” soon. What the hey?

The creek has been stingy except for small areas in the 6-MPH zone, but Marsh Island and Long Bay can keep you happy. Good grass in Chickamuxen and areas of the Occoquan complex will please.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: the guides say the bass fishing has been pretty good and since the docks are going in quickly—you have targets galore to skip your Case plastics to. There are so many species of fish to target—and the guides know how to keep children happy.See www.fishdeepcreek.com for lots of information.

I may have an opening or two for my summer camp in July so if you have a boy between 12-18 that is absolutely into fishing and shooting—contact me asap.

Can’t do what we do without these people:

RiverPro; Mercury Motors; Minn Kota; Lowrance; Power Pole; Ardent Outdoors; Sunline; NRA; Under Armour; Big Mouth Lure Company; Case Plastics; Mizmo; Rapala; Zipper Worms; Columbia Design & Graphics; Replicator; Riverfront Campground; RAB & Swim Jigs.

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 10, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Rick Nietkiewicz; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

Happy Mother’s Day…

LOU Fish of the Week: Steve Matera, a 5.50# Potomac largemouth, caught on a Mizmo tubes while guided by Ken.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **; stained; 70; 3.7 at Point of Rocks and falling.

The “ups and downs” of this river may be indicative of the rising and falling levels we have witnessed since spring so let’s hope so. I will make my first outing here on Monday.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***1./2; >70; pollen stain.

Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in any number of places but if you can’t catch fish during a May full moon with water temperatures between 60 and 70—it’s because there are no fish to catch. We are doing well and another spawning group is staging for the new moon.

In Washington DC jurisdiction, Pentagon Lagoon and the Washington Channel has been providing plenty of pre and postspawn bass throughout the week where Rapala crankbaits, Case Plastics, Zipper Craws and Big Mouth spinnerbaits are relied on by our team

In the Wilson Bridge vicinity, Penrod Cove was the “hot-spot” during the full moon where any number of lures were well received by bass to five pounds. Certain “spots’ in Smoot Bay and areas in coves near Belle Haven Marina were hosting spawning fish that were easy to catch for a few days. Broad Creek, Swan Creek, Piscataway Creek and Pohick Bay were also hosting spawning largemouth that seemingly disappear when they are done—but a new batch is already staged for another spawn soon. There is some grass in these areas and our preferred lures include Case Stiks and Big Mouth Big Shaky. I’m using an “under chin” spin called a Replicator that is deadly after you add you favored soft swim baits such as Skinny Dipper, Case Salty Shad, Havoc, Speed Shad or Kieteck.

Mattawoman and vicinity is fickle in areas but good in others—and it does depend the tide and barometer. We do well in Marsh Island but struggle in the creek. We do well in Long Bay but not so good in other bays near the mouth. Most productive lures included the Replicator Chin-Spin, Penrod Special by Big Mouth lures and the ever reliable Magic Stik. Chickamuxen grass is thriving as is areas in Aquia but the post spawn days slowed thing down considerably.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2;,60; clear.

The guides say that bass fishing has been quite good and of course, other species such as pickerel, walleye and perch are there for those that wish. Captain Brent Nelson and Bret Winegardner await your bookings and if you are planning vacation time, book those days early.

SUSQUEHANNA/JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: In the legal areas, bass fishing is 3-stars or better.

LAKE ERIE: ****; Bay about 65 and lake about 55.

LOU guide, Captain Rick Nietkiewicz is simply crushing bass on this jewel of a lake. The great thing about this destination is that you will fish each day because when the lake is mean, the Bay is calmed--and full of fish. The guys talk about five and six pound smallmouth like most do of three pounders. Rick is staying at the Red Roof Inn near the State Park and available for guide-duty. Reach Rick at 412-780-9995. Ben Hynes, a former resident and smallmouth bass chaser, is the manager of the new, beautiful Fields and Stream store so we have an inside track on the hottest tricks for Erie. Let’s go--what are you waiting for?

Our guides will escort clients in areas unaffected by the closure. We will not even launch our boats in the areas where bass fishing is outlawed until June 12. Reports that many anglers are snubbing their noses at the authorities and taking an attitude of: “arrest me and try to make it stick.”

Following is some of the communications my guides and others are having with Executive Director John Arway of the PA Fish & Boat Commission:

John,
As you can see from the emails bouncing around again this year, there is a lot of frustration with the Closed Season regulation enacted by PFBC, especially by those who have chosen to stay off the closed water so they do not inadvertently catch smallmouth bass while “targeting other species”.  Most of us have supported PFBC in their decision with this regulation, through educating other anglers about the closure, truly targeting other species with techniques that would reduce inadvertently catching bass and/or remaining off the closed water.  All this time we have watched others violate the regulation with no consequences.   Most of us, including myself, have advocated for this regulation to be repealed due to the fact it is not enforceable.  My opinion is this regulation is not having any significant impact on improving or maintaining the population.  My opinion, it has caused increased tension between PFBC and many of the bass anglers.  I have advocated for the catch, photo and release regulations, which is enforceable, and think this course of action is sufficient to maintaining and even improving the population until the real issue, pollution, can be addressed.  PFBC is leading the way in trying to improve this issue through political action, public action and encouraging change in business practices of our agriculture, industry, mining and municipal sectors. 

I drove up to fish above the closure area above Sunbury and watched several boats positioned on points and grass beds that are clearly bass spawning habitat, and I would not consider being associated with other species.  I do understand how difficult it is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is targeting bass, which is the inherent flaw to the regulation. 

So I have a few questions for PFBC on this matter and a recommended solution or two besides repealing the regulation next year:        

           If PFBC considers this such an important step to maintaining and/or improving the smallmouth bass population in the Susquehanna.  What resources are being dedicated in educating the anglers who come out during the closed season that might not be convinced this is the right course of action, uneducated about the regulation, and/or just blatantly disregard of the regulation?

           Were there WCO's or other PFBC employees at each of the more popular ramps/locations the first weekend of closure that are typically used by the bass anglers, like Fort Hunter, Amity Hall, City Island, the wall at the Juniata, Middletown and Goldsboro to talk to each angler as they left for their day on the water to educate them about the intent of the regulation and the legal aspects of the regulation?

           Why was there not a media release, including on the PFBC site, local newspapers or sent through the list serv of the PA Angler Magazine that reminded all anglers of the regulation and what the potential consequences of violating this regulation?   Even the article today in Lancaster’s paper does not discuss the closed season, only the catch and release.  http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/mutant-susquehanna-river-smallmouth-bass-with-cancerous-tumor-caught-by/article_160625aa-f321-11e4-a2ca-a7315080ae29.html

           While during the week, calling south central law enforcement’s main number is fine but the weekends and evenings is when a large majority of reports could be made.  I have concerns of using the 911 system to report fishing violations, as those systems are really for emergencies.  Would PFBC consider setting up a hotline that would go to a 24 hour call center that would directly connect the reporter to an on-duty or on-call WCO to get quick response to the report?  I think that a more efficient way of reporting would encourage those of us who what to provide support to PFBC in patrolling the waters without endangering our safety

           Has there been any research to verify that the closed season has had any impact on the bass or was the catch and release regulation sufficient to meet the goal of PFBC of maintaining the bass population.

I don’t disagree that the river has health issues, almost all of the rivers in this country do and I will again support PFBC in designating this section of the Susquehanna/Juniata river impaired under the Clean Water Act next year.  They have become humanity’s dumping grounds for anything and everything.  What I am encouraging PFBC to consider, is not just how regulations like this could benefit the fishery but  how it could impact the angling community’s relationship with PFBC, people's thoughts of fishing this great fishery if it is always negatively publicized and how it effects many of our ways of life.  It is a fine balance between the science and the socio-economic impact.

I appreciate PFBC efforts in protecting and improving an already great fishery under your leadership and hope dialogue on this matter continues between the groups.

Thanks,

John

          

John Stygler

Guide for Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited

www.penrodsguides.com

 

Also—see the following as it concerns the Enforcement part of the closure of parts of the Susquehanna

-----Original Message-----

From: Robinson, Alan <alanrobin@pa.gov>

To: rivertech <rivertech@yahoo.com>; kenpenrod <kenpenrod@comcast.net>; snaglertackle <snaglertackle@aol.com>; m_greene22 <m_greene22@verizon.net>; peteholmes247 <peteholmes247@gmail.com>; rickieyeager <rickieyeager@gmail.com>

Cc: Britcher, Corey <cbritcher@pa.gov>; Furlong, Lawrence <lfurlong@pa.gov>

Sent: Mon, May 4, 2015 9:21 am

Subject: Susquehanna/Juniata Rivers Fishing Comments

Gentlemen,

Your concerns and observations reference closed season for bass on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers has been forwarded to my attention.  As you are aware, anglers may not target or intentionally attempt to catch bass during the period of 01 May through 12 June 2015.  However, bass that are incidentally caught must be immediately released unharmed without being removed from the water.  As numerous other fish populations do exist in this catch and release area for bass on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers, angling is still permitted throughout with no restrictions to location or style of boat.

Individuals observing fishing and boating violations are encouraged to contact the Southcentral Regional Law Enforcement Office at (717) 486.7087 during business hours of 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Calls outside those hours may be directed to the appropriate Perry County or Dauphin County 911 Center.

CPT Alan D. Robinson
Waterways Conservation Officer Manager
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Bureau of Law Enforcement - Southcentral Region
Office:  (717
) 486.7087

As you can see—the Captain plainly says that the law is unenforceable—and that’s why we call for the abandonment of this charade.

On another point, I’m sure you have seen the photo of the smallmouth bass with a major cancerous tumor on its head, allegedly caught/captured from the Susquehanna River last fall. The photo and the “story” has gone viral, Even CNN did a short blurb on it.

My guides and I have been fishing this “affected”: area for more than 25 years where we have escorted many hundreds of clients, catching many thousands of smallmouth bass. During that time, we have NEVER seen the likes of that fish and I just have to wonder WHY it has become the example of this ”world-class fishery?” Walk the streets of any city and you will see people with tumors—and not one word from the media. You do remember that the Harrisburg nuclear plat went berserk some years ago, and the instance of cancer in that region rose dramatically. I’m in full agreement that the Susquehanna (and the Potomac, Rappahannock, James and others) is polluted—and I am also aware that PA officials know it’s because of farm practices. Ever heard a media or politician call for an end to farm critter poop running into the water they drink? Fracking is also a dangerous health hazard—yet never mentioned as a polluter of the rivers we speak of. Pennsylvania’s “fix” to the polluted conditions of the river is to ban bass fishing for 6 weeks each year, Yep—it’s the fisherman that is the problem. Give me a break!

I have six national awards for conservation efforts on my wall. If I thought for one second, that the closure had a good impact on the bad problem—I’d endorse it with every breath. I’ve spent most of my life on smallmouth rivers. I know a sick river when I see it. I say this to the Governor and Executive Director: Aim you guns at the real culprits and do something that matters. We will jump on that wagon with you. As it is now, you are seen as the enemy and that serves no one well. Tearing down the reputation of a magnificent smallmouth fishery is a far cry from real results.  Your tourism department must be suicidal by now. You advertise: “Come fish the great waters of Pannsylvania and we will even reduce the license fee. Better not go near the 440 miles of the Susquehanna and hundred miles of the Juniata though—because it’s full of cancer.” Wow! What a message.

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 3, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Rick Nietkiewicz; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Mark McQuown, 20.25” smallmouth from the Susquehanna River while fishing with Ken—on a KP Badass 3.5 tube.

NOTES: Last week we asked for “help” for our webmaster, Brent Nelson, and the response was/is overwhelming. Thank you for responding, I’m more than impressed. Brent will be reviewing those volunteers and we will attempt to choose an “Associate Webmaster” in the coming weeks.

 We have another Facebook page, Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited, that we will be developing as time goes on. This will be a 100% fishing & hunting. Visit us but know we are in the development stage. Hit that “like” button though and offer suggestions. We will post our fish catches/photos here as we evolve. 

 

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***1/2; 50s; clear; 4.9 at Harrisburg and 4.9 at Newport on the Juniata.

A typing I made error last week when I stated that the now-in-place-closure of certain portions of the Susquehanna & Juniata would reopen on May 12. I meant that to say the reopen date is June 12.

Basically, the closure is for black bass only on the lower 100 miles of the main stem & tributaries, plus the lower 30-mikles of the Juniata. It is illegal to “target” black bass during this period. There will be cheaters as there always are, but if you drop-a-dime on them, you will help the cause. If you know of any guides working the area, turn them in or let me know. I have no problem blowing the whistle.   

Some of our guides will continue to guide in waters above the closure area so you still have Susquehanna/Juniata bass options—good options.

During the last days of the winter/.spring season, I worked the Juniata, Sherman tributaries with very good results. We found plenty of bass on middle river ledges where jerk baits and crankbaits accounted for big, fat, post spawn smallmouth. Our KP Badass tubes and wacky rigged, Case Magic Stiks were very effective. 

Special thanks to the friends in the Duncannon area that made us feel at home—and comfortable. Riverfront Campground, Sorrento’s Restaurant. Ranch House Restaurant, Purdey/Stardust Motels became home-away-from-home.

Mark McQuown caught the 20th smallmouth of 20-inches or better from Ken’s RiverPro. I’m still accumulating names from my guides so that I can list all the entries into the “2015 Ken Penrod 20-Inch Club.” It’s worth noting that 120year old Leo Romano holds the lead with his 20.50” bass. There were three ladies that caught 20-inch fish while guided by Ken.

I can state-for-the-record that of the thousands of bass my guides, Clients and myself caught between March 12 and April 30 — not one single “sick” fish was found. I think this spring was one of the top 5 ever seasons that we have been witness to and that covers more than 20-years. 

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; 60s; wind stain; full moon tides.

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod (KP3) has been working tributaries and bays between Washington DC and Bulltown Cove with varying results during a period when  fishing should be as good as it gets. The full moon and comfortable waters are perfect for the May spawn.

Kenny recommends shallow dive cranjkbaits in new grass cover as well as Case Magic Stiks, Big Mouth spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Find new grass or isolated wood cover.

Brest areas in the north include Swan Creek, Piscataway, Broad Creek and Pohick.

I'll be fishing the DC area tomorrow (4th) and will have more precise news for next week.

Area in the mouth of Aquia, back of Mattawoman and Occoquan Bay are worthy stops.

UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY: **1/2; stained; 60s.

Plenty of dirty, cold runoff had hampered grass growth and so have the too-many massive tournaments, so a decline in productivity is noted—and verified by tournament results; For instance, a Walmart BFL event took place Saturday. Of 135 boat owners, 45 didn’t weigh a bass. Eight pounds got a check. The top three weighed 20+ [pounds. Which is to be expected during a May full moon spawn period, but the majority of the field were disappointed.

There is a major disparity in the cost of angler fishing throughout the region. For instance, non-residents can fish the Upper Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and all of Maryland’s Chesapeake bay and tributaries for $22.50.

PA Fishing license costs for bon-residents cost $51.70—and bass season is closed for the spawn.

Other neighbor costs include: Virginia @ $76.00; Delaware @ $22.50; New York @ $50.00; West Virginia @ $37.00. Maryland charges out of state fees reciprocal with their fees BUT 90% of fishermen that come to MD—come here for the tide water fish. So, what’s the best deal in the Mid-Atlantic? Maryland’s tidal water, no doubt. It may be worth noting that due to such tremendous tournament pressure on the Upper Bay and Potomac that a decline is as obvious as our national debt. How happy can you be about that? Maryland DNR does nothing to stem the tide—and this is not a good tide.It was my lobbying efforts that succeeded in getting a guide-license for those locked-out by Maryland’s Charter License legislation even though I had the Charter Guide License.

It’s a catch & release license, but a guide-license nevertheless. I insisted that the fee schedule be fair, and to charge out of state guides only $100 annually. I pay $400 to be a PA guide. PA guides pay $100 to be a MD guide. Fair? Hell no and MD does nothing.

My wish list for saving the Upper Bay and Potomac River are: Catch and release only between March 15 and June 15; minimum size to creel at 15”; maximum creel limit at 3 bass; no more than one 100+ boat tournaments per month; Tidal Black Bass stamp at $15.00 or enough to bring CBSFL in line with other state fees, with proceeds to habitat, protection and stocking program.

 UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *1/2; <60; some color; 4 feet at Point of Rock with a small rise by Tuesday.

Bass fishing success continues to be dwarfed by some unknown reasons that could include higher than normal water levels, a horrible winter or circumstance. I think something is wrong. I’ll get to know firsthand by week’s end.

POCOMOKE, NANTICOKE & other Eastern Shore tidal waters:

LOU guide, Captain Brian Barnes knows these beautiful tidal waters as well as any man—alive or dead, and you are invited to book a trip with him by contacting me, or Brian at 302-745-4668.

LAKE ERIE, PA: ****; >40; ice-out

LOU guide, Captain Rick Nitkiewicz caught nearly 200 fat smallmouth—all by his lonesome on Saturday. What are you waiting for? Contact Rick at 412-780-9995. I’ll book him for you also.

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 26, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Rick Nietkiewicz; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

NOTES: as you can see, we often post many photos in our fish report and its getting to be a major time consumer for our website guru, Brent Nelson. I am looking for someone to help him. I can’t pay you but can take you fishing. Interested parties should contact Ken at kenpenrod@comcast.net. Must be very computer literate and capable of receive photos from my guides, then posting them to our website  every Sunday evening.

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Bill Nearhoff, actually two @ 20.25” with Ken Penrod,
caught on a KP Series, Badass 3.5.

 

LAKE ERIE, PA: We are offering guide service on this premier smallmouth Great Lake destination and you just don’t want to miss out on this fabulous fishery. Captain Rick Nitkiewicz has immense experience on this water and we want to hear from you. It’s a good idea to book several days if possible because wind is our enemy—but even so, Presque Isle Bay is a safe-haven and that fishery is so good. Contact Me, Ken, at kenpenrod@comcast.net or 240-447-2206 for bookings—or call Rick directly at 412-780-9995.  We have motel and restaurant information for you and Rick will explain your responsibilities as to bring or don’t bring. A deposit of $200 is required for each day and your fee is $450 per day plus boat gasoline. I know this much: I’m going for a day or so.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *; high & muddy; 5.8 at Point of Rocks with a moderate rise to 6.3 by Tuesday.

Don’t waste your time this week.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; some muddy water in DC; super h/l tides; 60s.

            The flooding Upper river sent a slug of muddy water and debris through the sector but the Washington Channel and Pentagon Lagoon have been providing pretty good bass on Case Magic Stiks and Mizmo tubes.

            So much wind and cold fronts have further diminished angler success and when a good grass bed is discovered, dozens of boats beat it to death—and that’s not the fault of the tournament guys because: “Build it and they will come..” MD DNR builds it. MDDNR controls a small portion of the Potomac but permits the mass exploitation because of their boat launch facilities. Have you ever wondered why Pennsylvania and other states protect their fish during the spawn season?

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***/**; <60; clear or clearing. 7.1 @ Harrisburg falling to 5.8 by Tuesday; 5.9 at Newport on the Juniata River falling to 5.5 by Tuesday.

            The bass season will close on the lower 100 miles of the Susquehanna River, and the lower 30 miles of the Juniata River on the last day of this month. It reopens on May 12.

            Now, that being said, our guides will still work the wonderful water “above” the closure—so get on our books and take advantage of this superior fishery.

            We are about to close our late winter and early spring “invasion” but I want to go on record as saying that it has been one of our best in the past 20-years. We have done many dozens of guided trips and our results have been spectacular. Of the hundreds of bass that we caught and released—not one single bass has been sickly. We did catch more walleye that normal, and even a musky that used to be commonplace. The Members of the “Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Club” has swelled to unbelievable numbers, and, by the way, our summer guides caught tons of <12” bass of good health also.

            New members of the KP 20-Inch Club this week include: Bill Nearhoff (TWO same day) while fishing with Ken, on KP Badass tubes; LOU guide, Captain Dave Kerrigan (two); LOU guide Jason Shay.

            Riverfront Campground has a new KP Series tube that you just have to have. It’s called “KP Badass” for good reason, because that’s all we have been using. Call Johnny Cunningham at 717-877-2704 for mail orders—and don’t forget to get those RAB jig heads—and the killer RAB Swim jig head.

            The new moon spawn of last weekend coupled with near freezing air temps and monster winds turned our “hatchery” into “hang-on & struggle” from Tuesday on. The fishing got tough, and by the way, the rivers got high and muddy. Never the less, our clients caught some impressive bass although much fewer than we accustomed to. 

            Still, LOU guide Jason Shay is still getting good numbers south of Duncannon as is LOU guide Matt Greene. Captain Kerrigan caught two 20s this week and he is taking his clients north of the Juniata. Matt Greene has worked a lot of areas this week as has John Stygler. Pete Holmes had a client catch a 36” musky Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 19, 2015

Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
AKA: LOU Magazine; PPC Publications; Camp Sycamore; Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services.

Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way); Email @ kenpenrod@comcast.net
Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010
www.penrodsguide.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram.
Website Designed and Managed by Captain Brent Nelson
captbrentnelson@comcast.net.
Brent is also VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor-In-Chief of LOU Magazine & a licensed guide.

Our Guides for 2015 Include:
Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Captain Rick Nietkiewicz; Captain Kenny (KP3) Penrod; Jason Shay; Bret Winegardner; Al Fiorelli; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Pete Holmes. 

 

LOU Fish of the Week: 11 year old Leo with a 20.50” smallmouth caught on a KP “Badass” 3.5” tube while fishing with Ken.

 

NOTES: Great fishing on most of our report waters but watch the weather and river levels this week because rain will have a major influence. The Upper Potomac is predicted to jump 7 feet by Tuesday to an unsafe/unfishable 12 feet at POR by Tuesday. The main stem Susquehanna will rise a few feet by Wednesday and the Juniata about two feet.

You are reminded that major portions of the Susquehanna & Juniata will close to bass season on the last day of this month and reopen on May 12. Areas above the closure are still offered by our guide service as always.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *; 60; clear but will stain; 4.6 at Point of Rocks rising to 12-feet by Tuesday--stay away.

There is something wrong with this river or so it seems. Bass catches are way below expectation in spite of stellar conditions. It’s the same story from Seneca to Brunswick: “Ken, what’s wrong with the upper Potomac River?” I can’t get there until the first week of May but I’m hearing the same by excellent anglers and people I trust.

 

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; >60; New Moon tides

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod (KP3) is totally disappointed and concerned about the lack of bass is historically proven sectors to the north including the always reliable Piscataway and WW Bridge sector. His best day was 8 bass but there were 2-bass days also. Many of us are more than concerned by Md DNR just goes about business as usual. Do you know how many species of fish and aquatic inhabitants that MD has allowed to reach endangered status? I thought/hoped the new Governor would have scrutinized the practices a little better. Not hearing much good news about the Upper Bay either—are you?  

LOU guide, Captain Brian Barnes reports “better” fishing to the south (Greenway Flats to Aquia) “when the wind allows,” where he says wood cover and new born grass are the key habitats. Best baits include Compact jigs, shaky worms and Big Shaky byt Big Mouth Lure Company. He likes the upper end of Mattawoman also.

POCOMOKE RIVER: **1/2: 60s; tannic stain; new moon tides.

LOU guide, Captain Brian Barnes, also owner of Big Mouth Lure Company, says the areas south of Shad Landing have been best but a falling to low tide is desirable. The Big Mouth Grass Jig, Mizmo “doodle worm” and Big Mouth spinnerbaits are recommended. It’s like night and day when you have low water compared to high water. What a great destination though. You OC visiting people need to get in on this adventure.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2: >50; clear.

LOU guides Bret Winegardner and Brent Nelson are the best you can ask for on this mountain vacation destination—and the lake has everything from trout to walleye. A family that just booked them last week gave the highest praises for both the guides and the destination. See www.fishdeepcreek.com

SUSQUEHANNA/JUNIATA Rivers in PA: ****1/2: near 50; clear some places and stained in others; 6.6 @ Harrisburg and rising to 7.7 by Tuesday; 5.0 at Newport on the Juniata and rising to 7.5 by Wednesday.

Considering the vastly increased fishing traffic since my company popularized the late winter, early spring smallmouth bass fishing through our guide, the legendary Butch Ward—this year is the best for quality and quantity in our 30-year experience. Of the thousands of bass our clients and our guides have caught—not one of them showed sign of disease. Every fish is healthy and feisty. We are thankful for that fact.

 “Ken Penrod 20-Inch Club” additions this week include: Ken (3); John Cooper, with Ken; Leo (2, plus 9 junior entries) with Ken; John Drever and Mark Hoover with John Stygler; John Ennis and Jason Shay with Jason Shay; 14 year old Ben (Junior addition) with Pete Holmes. Wow!!

An outstanding week by any standards and there are fish everywhere. Jason Shay and his guests had 130 today (Sunday) and everyone is averaging 40 or more. My guests today had 76 and we were in the 50s all week. The really good news is the fish are all healthy and the next great news is the new “KP Series Badass” tube color that accounted for virtually all of our fish this week. Johnny Cunningham has the exclusive on this so contact him for mail orders or stop by his Riverfront Campground store in Duncannon.

I had three over 20” in one day, and 11 year old Leo had two over 20 and 11 over 18—a day after his birthday. See, ladies and youngsters under 17 get into the Club with 18” bass—or better. Leo had 9 eligible entries and is the all-time leader as well as this week’s ‘LOU Fish of the Week” with his 20.50 catch.

LOU guide Dave Kerrigan is working the area between New Buffalo and Juniata where he favors tubes and jerk baits. LOU guide Jason Shay is “red-hot” in the Perdix to Sheets sector. LOU guide Pete Holmes is using tubes in the Juniata, Sherman and Perdix waters. LOU guide Matt Greene is hammering bass between Fort Hunter and Sherman and LOU guide John Stygler is on a healthy spinnerbait bite in the Juniata.

See our website at www.penrodsguides.com and click on Meet The Guides for phone numbers and contact info.

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