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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.

Bill Nearhoff caught two of these over-20” smallmoth bass from the
Juniata River while fishing with Ken—on the new tube-sensation,
the KP Badass-available from Riverfront Campground. He is in the
“Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Club” double.
Lenny used a KP Badass tube to catch this fine Sherman Creek
smallmouth.

Kirk Mainland caught the river at it’s worst, with rising water,
cold front, 30 MPH wind, post spawn and a barometer over 30.5.
Some guys just catch-‘em.
Dan Butler and Rob Sydiskis with one of several doubles caught
while guided by Pete Holmes.
Dan Butler with a beautiful Juniata Musky caught while guided
by Pete Holmes.
Vern Johnson from RTL Electric joined the Shepherd Electric group
for a day on the river. Here he is wearing a serious grin after pulling
this big piggy from one of Capt Dave Kerrigan’s favorite “go to” holes
on the Juniata he calls Turtle Rock.
Nelson Benitez of K&B Plumbing had never caught a fish before
this day – he learned how to cast, work a tube, and man the net!!
Here is his first bass ever!
Brothers Eddie and Chris Wendle outdid LOU veteran client and
their Dad Matt Wendle on this outing. Here they are with a nice pair
of fat bass pulled from an east side eddy on the main river north
of Buffalo Ledge.
Phil Scott caught this nice smallie on a swimbait while guided
by Jason Shay.
"Tokyo" Tom with a nice Susqy chunk that
inhaled his swimbait while with guide Jason. 
Charlie was all smiles when this bronze back crushed his grub
he can't wait to come back and fish with Jason again. 
Steve Borcherding catching a fine smallie in spite of this week’s
conditions.
LOU guide Matt Greene showing off another nice smallmouth
this week.
Dave Borcherding trying to beat “big brother” out with LOU
guide Matt Greene.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

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.

One of three >20” smallmouth caught
by Captain Ken during a 4-day trip with
Coop and B.

Should have weighed this pig but
she was >20.

Coop was “cookin” on his short trip but
he kept us on and over the  50-mark.
Those “spotted” bass that some get so
concerned about. B caught a bunch, and so
have I—all over this country.

B is using a Mizmo tube and kickin’ Ken’s butt.

Coop is in the KP 20-Inch Club, with a
quality bass on a KP Series tube.
The “hits” just keep on coming—and some
say the bass population is “sick.” WTH?
Another “Club-er” from Sherman Creek Leo’s first 20 of the day and “Poppy” is
just beaming.
Just another 20—and he had 11 over 18”
long. That makes him a KP 20” Club
member 13 times today since
youngsters <16 and ladies qualify with 18” specimens.

Leo’s an Under Armour guy, just like
his guide.

Mike Stoker and Ken scored a “double”
during day 1 of the Ennis weekend on
the Susquehanna complex.
The day got warmer and so did Mike.
Good job with those new KP Badass
tubes Mike.

John Z is using a gift-rod from his
employer and an Ardent “Wire” reel.
He thinks Ken’s RiverPro is awesome.

The Ennis “crew” and their guides
from LOU during a weekend on the
Susquehanna/Juniata—and this day,
300 smallmouth bass were caught &
released.

Brian caught this 19.25” bass on a KP
Badass tube from Riverfront Campground
while fish with Ken during the annual Ennis weekend.

Look at that “football” from the Juniata
that Brian caught aboard Ken’s RiverPro
on a KP Badass 3.5.

I named her “Spot,” and you can see the
KP Badass 3.5 in her mouth—and the
Ardent combo with Sunline that made the
job easy.

Matt is a Superintendent for Ennis Electric
Company—and he was “wacking” bass
with a pink fluke in Sherman Creek
aboard Ken’s “One-Boat.”

Dustin with a fine Susquehanna
smallmouth that fell for a KP
series teaser tube while
guided by Pete Holmes

Corey Conrad drove up from Virginia to get
in on the action. He's hooked!

John Drever from Shepherd Electrical
Supply with a beautiful 20 inch Susquie
smallmouth guided by LOU Guide
John Stygler and taken on a Mizmo
Roadkill Camo teaser tube.
Out with LOU was Jason Penrod
taking this nice Susquie smallie
on a Campground Special teaser
tube with LOU Guide John Stygler.

This was Mark’s first smallmouth
trip ever and he was guided to not
only his first smallmouth but also
a nice 20 ¼ inch one to make it into
Ken’s 20 inch club.  I think this
won’t be his last.  Out with LOU
guide John Stygler and this one
went for a swimbait.

Matt Heder of Ennis Electric out
for the annual trip with this gorgeous
Juniata
smallie taken on a Snagler
Tackle spinnerbait in Gizzard
Shad color.

Here is a Juniata football going for a
Snagler Tackle spinnerbait in another
new color, fallfish.  Dave Hooker of Ennis
Electric was all over this fish plus
many more with LOU Guide John Stygler.

Mike Stoker on a slow roll with
spinnerbaits.  This 19 inch fish went
for a Snagler Tackle spinnerbait in
Gizzard Shad with LOU Guide John Stygler.

Occasionally LOU guides and clients
catch a largemouth on the middle section
of the Susquie but John Fedowitz not
only found one but a second, in a row.
Both on a Campground Special teaser
tube in Bass Buzzkill with LOU
Guide John Stygler.

LOU Guide John Stygler with a real
nice Juniata smallie taken on a Snagler
Tackle spinnerbait in Magic Snag.

Here Rob Sydiskis shoes off a great bass
he fooled with a green pumpkin teaser
from Mizmo
Shepherd Electric’s Preston Kirk caught
this fine bass on a swim bait in between
sales calls.
Steve Walker of Power Solutions shows
off a dandy bass he caught from the
Juniata
River
on a Case creature bait
Mark with Verizon joined the Shepherd
Electric Group for a fun day on the Susky.
He caught several nice bass including this
one that took a Penrod Special CS teaser.
Brian Murphy of Ennis Electric is all smiles
showing off this pig of a bass he caught on
a new Penrod Special tube from
Campground Special.
Richard Ennis was pleased with the weather
and the fishing this year on the annual
Ennis Event.
John Ennis – healthy bass, healthy grin!!!
John Zanelotti of Ennis Electric had a
bunch of nice fish this day including this
big lady he caught on the main river
seam at the confluence of the Juniata
Chris Melson catching them on some
campground special tubes.
Barry Barret shows off a fine river
smallmouth caught with guide Matt Greene.
Long time LOU client Lucian Romano
showing how to get it done on a KP
smoke purple flake tube.
New comer Bill Donellan showing off
a nice river smallmouth.
Jesse Puckett with a nice river smallie
that fell victim to a campground special tube.
Stephen Dlugos entering the 20 inch club
using a KP series tube in smoke purple
flake out with guide Matt Greene.
LOU Guide Matt Greene with another nice
smallmouth to show off this week.

Harry with a good smallie that fell for
the campground tube with Jason Shay.

Tom Driscoll with one of the many doubles
he shared with guide Jason
.

John Cunningham caught this chunk on
a case magic stick guided by Jason Shay. 
Jim with a nice smallie he caught with
Jason Shay.

Long time client Steve Pritchett  with one
of his many nice smallies he caught with
guide Jason Shay. 

This one almost ripped the rod out of Bills
hand while on Jason's boat.

John F was setting hooks left and right
while guided by Jason Shay. 

Guide Jason with his personal best for
2015 a chunk @ 21in in fell for the KP
rose teaser
.

Richard Ennis was the tube king of the
day he said his arms were sore from
reeling in hard fighting bronze backs
while with Jason. 
John Ennis with one of his many
smallies..He was on fire with a spinnerbait.
   
David Hooker said he never caught so
many smallies before. .He was all
smiles with Jason Shay.
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 12, 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. 

 

I’m drafting this report on Friday evening (10th) because of my 7-day a week schedule and lousy internet service) so know I will not send it until Sunday. Because of my issues, the reports are shorter than normal—but spot-on factually. My caution to you is the steep rise on the Susquehanna and a bump on the upper Potomac.

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Chris Avery, 20 3/8” on a Mizmo, Irish Coffee tube, guided by Captain Dave Kerrigan.

LOU Fish of the Week, Not-a-Bass: Mark Hoos, with Captain Dave Kerrigan on the Juniata: 36”, 13# Musky.

New additions to “Ken Penrod 20” Club;” John Ennis with LOU guide Jason Shay Jason Shay (2); Ken Penrod; Lisa Schultz (19,75”) with Dave Kerrigan AND John Snagler (2).

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **; stained; low 50s; rising to 5.3 by Sunday 12th.

Bass fishing has been “off” by most standards and that’s hard to believe given the water temperature and river conditions. Trusted reports speak of “no bites” in a day’s work and that rings clear from Seneca to Brunswick. I can’t be there until May so if you have any other intel—send it to me.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; 50s; some color

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod (KP3) has been searching the upper sectors, between Bulltown Cove and Penrod Cove with disappointing results although he finds some bass for clients in tributaries with shallow-dive crankbaits and Case Magic Stiks. Let there be no doubt that the fish population has been damaged by mismanagement that includes over-exploitation.

To the south, Mattawoman is fishing somewhat difficult although rattlin’ lures to points near the confluence is providing some fish and new-grown spatterdock in the creek holds some fish best caught with Big Mouth Spinnerbaits or Case Magic Stiks.

Washington DC water may be the best where Pentagon Lagoon and the Washington Channel hold largemouth and smallmouth bass best caught with Case Magic Stiks, Big Mouth Big Shaky lures or Zipper Craws. Stripers and shad abound in the upper region where white plastics and crankbaits can dig out the rockfish if the new dirty waters doesn’t turn them south. Thanks to the Park Service for “reversal” on a decision to close Fletchers. Actually, thank the team that lobbied NPS.

 

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***; high 40s; main river muddy and high; Juniata clear; rising to 12-feet at Harrisburg by Sunday so BEWARE; at Newport the “rise” will be to 6.2 by Sunday. 

The main stem has been a mess all week, with high water and falling temperatures—and this new rise will push the 12-foot mark on Sunday causing issues for campgrounds and residents. Bass fishing has been “fair” to “good” in the Juniata.LOU guide Dave Kerrigan has been working the lower Juniata where one of his clients caught a 20 3/8th inch smallmouth while Ken was preforming hook-removal procedures to his finger—and another client caught a 36” musky the next day.

LOU guide Jason Shay has been on a 20” roll this week and between he and his clients, landed 3. Weightless flukes or Case Salty Shads in Sherman is a good idea.

 I have also been working the Juniata and some Sherman water. Interesting to monitor the hydraulics of this complex: the mighty main stem is high and angry, actually stalling the Juniata for miles as is also the case in Sherman. It’s almost like fishing a lake since the current is nil. Anyway, since the Juniata is almost “damed” by the much stronger Susquehanna, try fishing mid-river ledges by casting swim baits on the RAB jig head and “sloooowly” retrieve it from a down river cast.

Anyway, KP Series tubes and RAB Swim Jigs with various swim plastics have been top dog this week. The swim bait is a pleasant surprise. Johnny Cunningham and I teamed to create a simple swimbait jig head and we just attach the plastic that best suites the water color and mood of the fish. You can swim it or “tube” it. I’m using Ardent rods and reels (you have to get the new Edge rod (70M1F) and the new Wire reel)—and here is another tip: get some Sunline, 7# Super FC Sniper. A fluorocarbon that behaves in cold weather—and “hides” in the water.

 

 DEEP CREEK LAKE: **; 40s; clear

 LOU guide Bret Winegardner led his clients to some fun fishing this week, taking very good care of the younger ones that accompanied their parents, our special friends, the Romanos. See the photos for the smiles and know that my guides are parents and super-citizens too so be it tournament preparation, hard core bassin’ or getting the youngsters some fish—we got you covered

Curtis Stonestreet fished with Ken Friday and while it rained and blew—
he still caught some fine bass.

I’ve just about lived in that Gill rain gear since I’ve arrived in
Duncannon on March 11.

Mark Hoos caught a nice Susqy Musky aboard LOU guide,
Dave Kerrigan’s boat.

Ken's Ardent equipment get a work out with those tough river bass.
Dr Dave gets two rainy days this week--and some fine bass. Dr Dave is all bundled up for the midweek nor'easter.
 
Ken's sixth 20+ of the season.

My Gill rain gear and Under Armour clothing are day-savers. You don't
have to be cold or wet anymore. See Ken's article in LOU Magazine at
www.penrodsguides.com.

Bill Giles has been fishing with Ken for more than 20 years. Terry Luckenbill travels from Atlanta each year to fish with Bill and Ken.
John caught some fine Susquehanna bass aboard Ken's RiverPro The new Ardent Edge rods and Wire reels are top notch for river smallmouth.
The Shadow Rap is a must-have for River Bassin. Eight year old Jake Romano with his first Deep Creek Lake Walleye.
Leo Romano caught some nice walleye too, with LOU guide Bret Winegardner on Deep Creek Lake. Jake with a pickerel and encouraged by his mom.
Deep Creek Lake walleyes are active after ice out, but must be released. LOU guide Bret Winegardner schooled Jake on jerkbait techniques and the smallmouth cooperated.

LOU guide Pete Holmes with a high water
smallmouth caught on a KP series tube.

LOU Guide Matt Greene still putting them in the boat despite the high water conditions.

John Ennis with his entry to the 20 in club he caught crank baiting with guide Jason Shay.

Joe Ivers with one of the many nice smallies that inhaled his crank
bait while guided by Jason Shay
.

Guide Jason Shay says the  KP feaver teaser is on fire.

Bill Gregg with a nice smallie that fell for the campground tube while with guide Jason.

Jason Shay with a nice smallies that crushed his crank bait.

LOU Guide John Stygler with this 20 1/4 inch Juniata hog caught on a Mizmo Purple Craw teaser.

Ken always says in his seminars, "there aren't special lures but special places."  LOU Guide John Stygler was able to hunt down one of these
places on a day of fun fishing and caught four over 19 inch fish and two
20's in same 40 foot area.  Here is John's largest out of those fish, a
hefty 20 3/4 inch smallie on a Campground Special teaser Blue Tease
color.  Let a LOU Guide find that special place with you, so book a
trip with us.

Lisa Schulze joined the Penrod Club with the first and best fish of the
day – a 19 ¾” 5 lb trophy! This dandy bass was caught in front of the
flooding Riverfront Campround on a CS green pumpkin teaser.

Richard Nengel found a nice Sherman Creek bass willing
to take a Vida Blue Mizmo teaser on a tough bite day.

In addition to a bunch of nice bass Mark Hoos of Marli Sportfishing caught this 13lb 36” Tiger Musky on a Mizmo Irish Coffer Teaser bounced thru a submerged treetop in the Juniata River. It’s been several years since Capt. Dave Kerrigan has had a client boat a Musky – Way to go Mark!
Past MD Bass Federation Secretary and Vietnam Veteran (thanks for your service!!) George Buerhaus shows off a fine bass he caught on a CS Penrod Special Teaser. Chris Avery of Avery Construction joined the Penrod
Club in fine fashion with this 20 3/8” bass he caught
a the campground on a Campground Special Roadkill
tube while waiting on Capt Dave (busy with getting KP
to remove a Rapala Xrap out of his hand)!!
 
Long time LOU buddy Paul Thieberger does it year
after year – here he is with yet another chunky bass
he caught while twitching a Rapala Shadow Rap
down current from the back of the boat.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 5, 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: Happy Easter to all our report friends, sponsors and media persons. It appears that winter is loosening his grip a little bit in our region. I want to remind you that the April full moon was yesterday (4th) and you should have found some spawning activity in the waters of our report range.

This report is copyright and may not be copied in entirety without permission from Ken. When using this information, credit Ken Penrod and LOU.

You are reminded that we still have some spaces for our Summer Youth Camp which is conducted in July from Ken’s lodge in Pennsylvania. I’m looking for boys between the ages of 1 and 18 that are well behaved and eaten-up with fishing and shooting.

Congratulations to 12 year old Gianni for his 20-inch Juniata smallmouth caught on a jerkbait while guided by Pete Holmes. That qualifies his for the Ken Penrod 20” Club and the LOU Fish of the Week. I do not use last names for the youngsters and the ladies.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; some color; mid-50s; 2.9 at Point of Rocks and steady.

            This is a good level and a great water temperature range so get out there and find some bass. Area between Seneca and Brunswick are acting similarly. Bass are in a little current but quite near ledges and chunk rocks. While the eddies can help you locate the bass spots, the “bubbles” are more important. They will feed the seams.

            From Edwards Ferry, fish the close by ledges, mouth of Goose Creek and the shore line upriver at the power lines. At Whites Ferry, up or down is good but I prefer upriver on both sides. At Lander, upriver is best and there are tons of ledges and walls to cast to.

            I highly recommend medium action rods such as Ardent Edge and reels like the Wire and Bolt. A Lowrance GPS is invaluable this time of year. There are lots of lure choices but none beat the Campground Special teaser tubes in the KP Series with 1/8th ounce RAB gig heads; RAB Swim jigs with Case Salty Shad attached; Wacky O rigged Case Magic Stiks; Rapala Shadow Rap and Mizmo tubes.

 

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; super low tides and wicked wind; near 60 with some spawning activity.

            LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod (KP3) has been out most days looking for fish for his clients—and he has done well, He is fishing tributaries in the north sector with shallow  dive crankbaits, rattling lures and Case Magic Stik—with a little extra something on the end. Fat females and active males are liking wood cover, marinas, old sunken barges and rock piles.

            Super low tides caused by the full moon and strong NW winds have revealed a lot of structure and cover that few know about and it’s worth the pain to be there when this happens. A good GPS such as the Lowrance HDS models is a major asset.

            Mattawoman is a good place when the NW winds blow—and the spatterdock stems are inches tall, so fish the deep wood in the morning and the tidal-mud flats with new veggies when the sun does her thing.

            The Ardent Edge baitcasting rods and Apex Grand reels are highly recommended along with Sunline like the FC Sniper in 12-20 LB test.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ****; near 50; clear; 7.4, up from 5.5 at Harrisburg, rising to 10 feet by Monday;  4.6 @ Newport on the Juniata and remains steady.

The rise on the main river should be noted and respected but keep in mind that it may have been predicated on rains that didn’t happen—but snow melt can and will be signifigant in the mountain areas.

 The numbers of 20-inch fish caught by LOU guides and clients is on a pace to exceed last years—which was a record year. Prior to this report week, the members were: Ken Penrod (5); Kenny Penrod; Christy; Laura (*); Kimberly (*) & Michael—all with Ken.

This week adds: Jason Shay; Pete Holmes; Dave Kerrigan; Eric Stillwell with Dave Kerrigan; 12 year old Mathew (19”) with Jason Shay; 12 year old Gianni (*) with Pete Holmes.

NOTES: Ladies and <16 may get into the Club with 18” bass. In the list above, (*) means “tied for lead for 2015.” Also, please note that all of the ladies listed had 20-inch entrants. Guides may enter club but may not win the prize for “LOU Largest Smallmouth of 2015.” Winner gets 50% off one fee for 2016. Largest bass so far this season is 22” by Ken.

            The rivers are in perfect shape with sufficient flow and clarity but a rise is coming for the main stem according to the US Weather Service. Bass activity this week was intense and our numbers ranged between 35 and 100 with many fat prespawn ladies and tons of smaller males—without one single sick-fish sighting. Many of the bass have the “black blotch” id but remember—I and many others have seen this condition on fish all over this country including drinking water reservoirs. You will also note that cooler water tends to intensify the occurances.

            I have been fishing parts of the Juniata and the main river between Duncannon and Halifax with great success on Campground Special tubes in the KP Series (Penrod Special, KP Rose, KP Candy & KP Rotten Road Kill), RAB Swin jig with plastic swim baits and Rapala Shadow Raps., At one point on Friday, we hooked-up with jerkbaits just about every cast during a 15 minute surge. On one main river hole that we call ”Butch Rocks”, we caught 17 bass in 15 minutes.

            LOU guide, Captain Dave Kerrigan had our first 100-bass day (99) and he is fishing east side and mid river islands in the New Buffalo sector. LOU guide Jason Shay is doing the jerkbait thing in the Juniata while LOU guide Pete Holmes is doing some of everything. LOU guide Jon Stygler is fishing the upper Juniata without much success so he moved back to the Duncannon region and got well. He also caught a 28” walleye—and we are catching more than the past few years. No Musky yet.

Boaters are reminded that there is a no wake law within 100-feet of the shoreline, and while you may not see the Police—they are seeing you.

Kudos and thank you to: RiverPro; Mercury; Minn Kota; Lowrance; Big Mouth Lure Company; Mizmo; Case; Zipper; Ardent Outdoors; Sunline; The HookSet; Riverfront Campground; RAB Jig Heads; RAB Swimbait Jigs; Susquehanna Tackle Company; Gill Weather Clothing; NRA; Under Armour; Columbia Design & Graphics and Replicator. 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending March 29, 2015

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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: Our fishing report will be posted to our website and mailed to our client/sponsor list every week until the end of October. Our information is directly “from the water” from our guides and associates. Any use of this report must credit Ken Penrod and Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited and is considered as copyright.

LOU “Fish of the Week:” a tie, Christy Mullis and Laura Johnson. I missed last week’s LOU Fish of the Week submission and it’s Kimberly Tebbs. If you are paying attention—that’s three ladies in the “Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Club” so far this year. To get into this exclusive club, you must be an LOU guide or a client on a paid trip. The winner for 2015 will get 50% off of a rip for 2016. Guide’s fish do not count. Youngsters (<16) and ladies may enter this club with bass >18”, but the above ladies would have nothing to do with lesser requirements.

NOTES: I’m pretty sick of winter’s insistence, especially here in Mid-Pennsylvania where I spend 6-weeks guiding on the Susquehanna complex. By the way, we have caught approximately 900 smallmouth bass so far this season and not one of them showed any signs of disease. Of the several thousand we caught in 2014, 11 had open sores—about the same percentage that we find on the Potomacs.

Remember—we are taking applications for our summer youth camp with sessions in July at our lodge in northern Pennsylvania. Boys between 12 and 18 MUST be rather obsessed with fishing and shooting; of good discipline; free of mental or physical handicap and be able to get along well with others.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **; near 50; clearing; 3.6 at Point of Rocks with slow fall.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been fickle between Edwards Ferry and Brunswick but find the ledge eddies and feed them KP Series tubes on 8# Sunline with Ardent spinning gear and they will eat. These fish do want some current so spend your time on the seams and current breaks.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; low tides; <50 degrees at daybreak

Not much good news yet. Captain Kenny Penrod spend Sunday looking for bass in all the good places—and didn’t get a bite.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***1/2; clear most areas; <45 and as low as 38; 5.5 at Harrisburg and slow fall; 5.0 at Newport on the Juniata and slow fall.

Bass fishing has been good to excellent most days with a few disappointments based on weather and wind. We had two snow days and 4 wind days this week but we added 5 new “Ken Penrod 20-Inch Club” members bringing my boat-total to 10. Three ladies, Kimberly Tebbs Christy Mullis and Laura Johnson made it with 20s—all 20.25.” I caught my personal best this week at 22” and shy of six pounds by 4 ounces.

Captain Dave Kerrigan has been running main river “holes” with his clients and averaging 30 bass per day—most on KP Tunes and creature baits including Zipper Craws. John Stygler has been checking new areas on the Juniata where he like the tube bite. Jason Shay is between Perdix and Duncannon and he too likes the Campground Special tubes. Pete Holmes is working areas of the Juniata where he landed a 20-inch smallmouth this week. Matt Greene likes the Fort Hunter to Sheets stretch and jerkbaits and tubes do it for him. I have stayed in the Juniata on a few big-bass holes where My clients and I have accounted for 10 spots in The Club so far. I favor the KP Series of tubes from Riverfront Campground—and I’m catching some impressive bass on swim baits attached to John Cunningham’s new RAB Swim jig especially designed for plastic swim baits.

There is still time to get in on this awesome fishing so get in touch with me and make a date for trophy-hunting. My schedule is full but my great guides still have some spots to fill. Why not make it a multi-boat party with your employees or associates. We can call it a tournament if you wish but it must be measure, photo and release.

One more thing: Do you know that you may not be on plane within 100-feet of the shore? It’s the law, and by the way, all of Sherman Creek is less than 100 feet wide.

 

 

 

We welcome new sponsors this season and you know that I stand behind my recommendations.

Under Armour, Sunline and Hook Set join honor our team and we are proud of our loyal partners that include:
RiverPro
Mercury
Minn Kota
Lowrance
Power Pole
NRA
Big Mouth Lure Company
Case Plastics
Mizmo
Zipper
Worms
Ardent Rods & Reels
Columbia Design & Graphics
Riverfront Campground

By the way, those of you that followed me through the Xpress Boat era, Big Bee Boats in Marysville, PA sells them—and you will like the new models. Rumors of their demise were exaggerated. My son purchased a boat from them. I am sponsored by RiverPro boats and there is no better, BUT.

Also, Robbins Marine (Milton, PA) is another option for Ranger Boats—plus a great line of other boats for the angler or the pleasure boat options. Check out there Ranger aluminum boats for the river.

Remember my summer youth camp—there is nothing like this in America.

New stories are posted on LOU Magazine at www.penrodsguides.com.

   

 

We thank our sponsors because we are no one without them:


Mercury Outboard Motors
Mercury Sport Jet Motors
Minn Kota trolling Motors
Lowrance Electronics
Power Poles
NRA
Big Mouth Lures
Mizmo
Zipper Worms
Case Plastics
Columbia Design & Graphics
Under Armor
Grabber
Ardent
River Pro
Zipper
thehookset.net
Sunline