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Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending July 17, 2016

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

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

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LOU Fish of the Week; Largemouth; Camp Sycamore attendee, 13 year-old Timmy Mallick, with Ken, from George Stevenson Dam, on a Case lizard.

LOU Fish of the Week, Honorable Mention, largemouth: Camp Sycamore Counselor Alan Mullis - with Ken, from Stevenson Dam, on a Case Magic Stik; 6-pounds, 20.75 inches long.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 80-85; clear with some algae; 1.6 @ Point of Rocks and steady.

LOU guide Scott Johnson reports: "POR gauge at 1.6', water is very clear and water temps are starting off in the morning in the low 80's and reaching 88 by the end of the day.   The higher water temps and water conditions have "slowed" the fish some, making a good spinnerbait or topwater bite more difficult but the fish are still eagerly taking campground special tubes and Case Magic Stiks wacky rigged.  Until the temps cool your best is to hit the water at first light and fish until the bite slows.  Early am, and a brief period around dusk has been productive for moving baits.  Even though the fish are spread out now, there are large areas of water you can eliminate and work the sweet spots only, low and quiet is important now as the fish are spooked easily.  To book your trip contact Scott at 240-625-2550, there are a few dates available and it's not too early to start thinking about fall fishing."

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; Mid-80s; much algae in south and tribs; algae color.

The new Maryland "Black Bass Advisory Subcommittee" held their first meeting which was mostly organizational, but on August 9 they meet again to vote on Potomac bass population issues - and the "vote" is on language and cures chosen by DNR-so much for the "Advisory" description. You can read the list on the MD DNR website but just my two cents: (1) There is no specific budget for tidal bass. (2) No matter what happens I'm sure nothing will change because FLW is ALREADY scheduled for June of 2017; (3) DNR brags that 95% of Potomac River fishermen are catch & release advocates - SO, creel limits and size restrictions are basically for tournament anglers and perhaps 5% of the public. (4) When DNR turned "chicken" and buckled under organizational pressure, they came up with "Option 2" which basically said "be nice to the fish and you tournament organizations can do as you have in the past" if you have a release boat and do not use "culling tools." Recent tournaments did not have release boats and culling tools are still being used."

LOU guide Captain Kenny Penrod reports: " that the DC section of the tidal Potomac was producing big bass on topwaters in the early morning hours. The secret was to get to the river very early and time your location and species targets on the tide levels. The big smallmouth wanted more current and hit best midway through the outgoing tides. Last week brought exciting strikes and aerobatics from big smallmouth (3 pound plus) hitting topwaters near riprap. As the current subsides- largemouth could be caught using topwaters or Magic Sticks on flats near deep water. As the sun came up I would fish bridge pilings with tubes, drop shots and grubs. The pattern continued dowriver where bass could be caught very early in the morning on topwaters in main river grassbeds. When the sun comes up and with water temperatures nearing ninety degrees- fishing can be tough. Unfortunately, boat motor issues put me out of commission at the end of the week. I can be reached at 2404789055 and follow me on Facebook (Kenny Penrod III- the fishing detective).

The next meeting of the Black Bass Advisory Subcommittee is August 9 and is open to the public. I spent 27 years of being able to take a lot of information and being able to distinguish the important from the irrelevant. I understand that the DNR does not know what caused the decline of the black bass but I also understand that the DNR is limited to creel/size limits to address the issue. The Potomac River could become an "immediate catch and release" black bass fishery and not affect anyone but a subsection of fishermen. Consequently, any discussion of creel/size limits is attacked by that subsection as unfair. There is no "magic pill" to fish management but it's important to be informed because information can be provided in a biased nature to support an unspoken agenda. When fish mortality numbers are given in percentages- this can hide the fish kill numbers that may mortify the average fishermen. Did you know that when water temperatures exceed 77 degrees - that leads to a tournament weigh in mortality of nearly 25 percent. The delayed mortality of fish that survive weigh in can be just as high or higher. Most of those dead fish will be over 15 inches long because bigger fish have less chance of surviving the catch- confinement in live well- weigh in process, etc.. In warm water temperature tournaments. The percentages sanitizes the numbers of dead bass because what is- let's say at the low end- 35% of  a two hundred man tournament in the summer where 400 bass are caught ( I use that number because the DNR says that on average 2 fish are weighed in per angler). That's 140 fish dead!"

(Kenny bought a boat (Ranger/Mercury) from a local dealer and the issues he has had are beyond belief. In my extensive experience I have never witnessed such a fiasco. Three lower unit issues; live well hose came loose and flooded/sunk boat; Power Pole malfunctions! This explains why he has been passing clients to others and we just want you to understand. As to the reason for the issues - we don't understand.) Buyer beware!

LOU guide Captain Keith Barker says: "I fished the DC sector this week.  We found fish along the Bolling Base shoreline approaching Geisboro Point, in Washington Channel, Pentagon Lagoon & the seawall at the Kennedy Center.  Mizmo Tubes and Case Magic Stiks were the most productive baits.  My tip this week has to do with Texas rigging soft plastics.  Before pushing the bait over the eye of the hook, put a drop of fishing glue or super glue on the eye of the hook.  Then slide the bait over the eye.  This reinforces your knot and prevents grass and other obstacles from pulling the bait down the hook.  Giving you much more durability from your baits.  When your Magic Stik does pull off the eye of the hook, turn it around.  Re-rig it from the other end.  Use the glue & get twice the mileage out of the bait.  I can be reached @ 301-509-2102 or at kwbarkerinc@comcast.net

Congratulations to the citizens of Charles County and the New Commissioners: It's been a long and grueling process that culminated with a historic vote on July 12 by the Board of Commissioners. By a 3-2 vote, Commissioners Murphy, Robinson and Stewart adopted a visionary Comprehensive Plan that will lead to a better quality of life for all Charles County citizens. The new plan conserves treasured natural resources like Mattawoman Creek, maintains the county's rural character and puts the breaks on costly sprawl development that our county has become infamous for.

Please thank the Commissioners by signing our petition today!

The new plan encourages responsible investment in established communities and offers protection for the natural areas that make Charles County special. Highlights of the plan include:

  • Designating Bryans Road as a mixed use village instead of a major growth center for thousands of new homes;
  • Protecting much of the land draining to Mattawoman Creek with a new Watershed Conservation District;
  • Converting the failed Cross County Connector into a hiker biker trail;
  • Conserving ecologically rich acres previously slated for industrial development in the "tech park" in Bryans Road and around the airport;
  • Preventing major subdivisions in the Marbury/Rison area and in Marshall Hall;
  • Calls for a Nanjemoy/Mattawoman Rural Legacy area to help landowners obtain conservation easements;
  • Sets up a Nanjemoy/Mattawoman Priority Preservation Area to help conserve farm and forestland; and
  • Calls for a ban on future fracking.

To the thousands of citizens who have joined our cause, the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County thanks you. You signed our petitions, attended countless public meetings and stayed engaged in a process that has dragged on for more than five years. Without your effort, this victory wouldn’t have been possible!

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***; very low and clear; 3.2 at Harrisburg and 3.3 at Newport on the Juniata.

LOU guide Jason Shay report: Fishing has been good. I fished between Middletown and Liverpool this week. I have been doing well on silver bladed spinnerbaits (blue or purple hue skirts) zoom flukes (white ice) not weighted and an assortment of topwater lures. My best size fish have been coming early before the water warms. I am seeing a lot of algae growth below the Juniata above the Juniata the algae growth is minimal. The river is very low so be cautious when navigating. I have saw water temps reaching 88 degrees so remember to return fish to water as quickly as possible. Jason Shay
Life Outdoors Unlimited Susquehanna River Guide, Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide
Riveretech@yahoo.com . (717) 507-4377

Adopt the LOU 60-second rule for returning bass to the river. Remember, a bass can go without oxygen about as long as you can. Keep her in the water until you have your camera set-up and your hero ready. You really don't need those barbs on your kooks either.

On the upper Juniata there is a "push" for PFBC help championed by guide Jason Halfpenny who complains that added pressure via the closure, and catch and eat by many in the Amish and campground communities have depleted the bass population - and he points out that "wanton waste" by bow hunters is beyond belief - and condoned by PFBC. He has passed on a 1000-name petition to them and been in touch with local government representatives. I brought the problem to the attention of the Susquehanna Bass Advisory Committee during a recent meeting.

I recently completed my first week of Camp Sycamore, a 26 year old summer camp for boys where the shooting and fishing arts are taught from my lodge in Sinnamahoning, PA. All the fishing we do there is within the Susquehanna drainage, so I report on that:

I will say that in my extensive experience (more than 60 years) in this area - I have never seen the rivers and creeks so low.

GEORGE STEVENSON DAM: This dam has been drained to help a dredging process that may take a year. The dam is on First Fork, a trip to Sinnamahoning Creek - a trip to the West Branch Susquehanna River. We hiked in, over the dam, to an area of water that holds the remaining fish. While we did catch some nice bass, I was rather puzzled by how few. Counselor Alan Mullis caught a six pound largemouth and 13-year old Timmy Mallick caught an 18-inch largemouth which just happens to be the LOU Fish of the Week. I do hope PFBC is monitoring this and has plans for restocking.

WYCOFF & JERRY RUNS (trout tributaries to the Sinnamahoning Branch.) So low that trout are actually trapped in the remaining "holes" so my boys actually had to belly-crawl into those places to catch trout. They did well.

SINNAMAHONING CREEK: Never saw this Susquehanna trib so low, and once again, the remaining smallmouth bass and other species are trapped in oxygen-deprived pools. The boys did OK on Campground Special tubes and Case Magic Stiks.

It was ten years ago, June 30, 2006, when a negligent operator on a Norfolk Southern train sped into a curve and dumped 40,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution into Big Fill Run, a tributary on Sinnamahoning Portage Creek. Fish kill on the on the river was nearly 100%-and while diluted by the time it reached Sinnamahoning-the river has never been the same. My Camp Sycamore boys and I were there then-and every year after. It is fishable now-but!

The railroad paid the state over 5-million dollars - and I have never seen one dime go back into that creek. My question is "where was that money spent and who approved it?"

CURWENSVILLE LAKE - an impoundment on the West Branch near Clearfield, PA, is now know to my boys as "The Dead Sea." Fishing was horrible and as we rode along the West Branch - I was shaken buy how low the water was and I worry about the devastation to the aquatic population - again. If any portion of the Susquehanna system is in trouble - this is it.

CAMP SYCAMORE: for more than 25 years Ken has conducted summer camps for boys between the ages of 12 and 18 where he takes up-to 8 boys per week (July/August) to his lodge in Pennsylvania to teach them the fishing and shooting arts. This is an exclusive camp, for well-behaved boys that are totally into the fishing and shooting scene because we don't sing songs and toast marsh mellows. No basket weaving or trophies for participating. We interview applicants and parents because we want certain types and parents need to know us.

Sessions are "weekly" but many stay two, even three weeks. A one-week boy will arrive at my home on a Sunday evening with all the gear we suggest - and the parents will retrieve them on Friday evening next. Two week boys don't come home so they get the equivalent of three sessions.

We just finished our first week of 2016. We had wonderful boys and counselors Alan and Christy were special. Camp "dog," Ice, a lab, was perfect.

Fishing conditions could not be worse. The lake we depend on was drained. The river we depend on was extremely low. The many trout streams we fish were "drought-low" - but my boys kicked-butt. We used unique techniques, such as belly-crawling up to trout holes - or hiking into a drained lake to fish the remaining water.

These boys saw four elk that were bigger than most shoot or even see in the west. One cow elk actually walked through our shotgun session. By the way, an 11 year old that never shot a gun in his life - won the shotgun shooting session. Our gun training is very strict and professional. Alan Mullis is an NRA Certified Instructor - and I can teach most instructors.

I don't like to mention youngster names nor lady names for obvious reasons, but suffice it to say that: Shotgun; Cappy; T-Top; Sparky; King and Cohibo had a ball.

They all want to come back next year. If you have or know of a likely candidate - contact me by the first of the year for an application, returning members have preference and may apply any time. Weekly costs $900 and two weeks is $2000. No - parents cannot attend - but you can ask about a father/son week or weekend.

See my Facebook page called Camp Sycamore at https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/ and my website at www.penrodsguides.com.

Camp Sycamore is not possible without the assistance we receive from the following: NRA; Case Plastics; Zipper Worms; RiverPro; Mercury; Riverfront Campground; Campground Special Tubes/KP Series; Ardent Rods & Reels; Sunline; RAB Jig Heads; Remington; Sinnamahoning Sportsmen Club; Peno’s Bait & Tackle; Weinharts Construction Company.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   





Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending July 10, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos and Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan

 

LOU Fish of the Week: Terry Ingram with Jason Shay on the Susquehanna River

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 2.1 at Point of Rocks; clear; low 80s.

LOU guide Scott Johnson reports: "POR gauge at 2.1, water temp in the lows 80's and the water is very clear.   This week I fished from Lander to Knoxville and the fishing was very good.  Last Sunday I had LOU client Mike and John out, we caught good numbers of fish but the bigger fish were harder to come by.  The fish were mostly interested in soft plastics, campground special tubes and Case Magic Stiks, however by the end of the week the fish were very aggressive and hitting spinnerbaits and topwaters hard.  It's full summer mode now so cover water fishing any areas of current, faster the better.   As the sun gets higher move to submerged ledges and fish slower with soft plastics.   To book a trip on the upper Potomac, contact Scott at 240-625-2550 or email at dcgscottj@aol.com

 

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; algae in areas; some stain from wind and rain; 80s

Kenny Penrod III reports continued good fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the DC Section of the Potomac River. Its important to fish a moving tide and look for areas where "chutes" concentrate current and provide convenient ambush points for predators waiting for food to be washed down to them. The Kennedy Center wall has a "spot within a spot" that has been reliable for smallmouth at the right tide. The bridge pilings fished with drop shots and tubes will produce some willing bass. The Washington channel also a "spot within a spot" that I have named "Porkchop Point" - after young Carson Joyce- who completed his Potomac slam on this section of the channel. These "spots within spots" have unique features that consistently hold fish and can be anything from a rock to a grass point to a ditch. Some schooling stripers can be found against the rocks of the Boiling Air Force Base and in some of the mouths of creeks. A dropshot in the spoils will catch some bass. I have not done well in the Belle Haven Section of the River but have caught some fish near the Greenway Flats. Belmont Bay and Aquia have grass that will hold fish and bring some exciting frog action.

 

My tip for the week is some advice that I have been passing on for some time and was - in part - confirmed through some information gained at the Black Bass Advisory meeting held on July 6. For several years I have noticed the necessity of fishing slowly with plastics such as the Case Magic Stik or Campground Tube in order to consistently catch fish. A study was presented that indicated that spawning females will choose the nests of the most aggressive males to drop their eggs. However, this aggressiveness often leads to these males to be the first to be caught by anglers and results in higher mortality or removal from nest sites. Consequently, areas with high fishing pressure results in females mating with lazy males that are more difficult to catch and this trait is passed on to the offspring. I found this interesting and affirming. When I was younger I could wake a spinnerbait in Mattawoman against the pilings and catch bass- I cant remember the last time I caught a bass on a fast moving, waked spinnerbait. Fish slow!

 

I attended the first Black Bass Advisory meeting this past Wednesday and there is not enough space to provide you with the details but I implore you to visit the Facebook page of "The Involved Anglers of the Potomac" in order to provide input on the two measures that will be voted on in early August. Its important to get your input and show a solid constituency because all fishermen should have a voice and not just a vocal minority. Quickly - did you know that the Maryland DNR's Tidal Bass Program does not have a separate budget and makes habitat improvement and stocking in part reliant on groups that can promote their viewpoint. There is so much information that you need to know and I would be happy to provide you with any information. Please "like" facebook page "Involved Anglers of the Potomac", follow my day to day fishing on facebook Kenny Penrod III (The fishing Detective), email me at kvpenrod@hotmail.com or call at 240-478-9055.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***; low; clear; 80s; 3.3 @ Harrisburg and 3.5 at Newport on the Juniata.

LOU guide Jason Shay reports: "Fishing has been satisfactory. Water temps have been very high between 83 and 87 degrees. We are starting to see a lot of algae and "rock snot" growth especially in the low flow area. We need some rain! By far your best bite has been in the early morning when the water temp is at its lowest and right before sundown. Translucent colored spinnerbaits topwater and natural colored swimbaits on a light jig-head have been doing the job. Higher flowing areas seem to be holding more fish and shade lines are used as ambush areas. Jason Shay, Life Outdoors Unlimited Susquehanna River Guide, Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide, Riveretech@yahoo.com
(717) 507-4377."

LOU guide John Stygler adds: "LOU guide John Stygler is still working his low water spots in the early morning and/or late evening.  He is working shallow current and ledges with strong current chutes.  The heat seems to be setting in for a while, so the fish will look for shade and current during high sun, coming out to feed in classic ambush points during low light times.  Care for the fish is vital this time of year with the high water temperatures and low oxygen levels, so catch and immediate release is so important.  His go to lures in the low light are Snagler Buzzbaits, Snagler Booster Spinnerbaits in natural colors, Zara Spooks/Sammy's and other prop type of top water baits.  He can keep bite going when the sun gets high with Case Magic Stiks on a Snagler Wacky Jig.  For trip information you can contact him at 717-368-3802 or snaglertackle@aol.com.

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

LOU guide Bret Winegardner reports: Some largemouth still in shoreline coves but look for them moving to shallow boat docks and offshore grass beds. Wacky rigs around docks and small swim baits in offshore grass. Smallmouth are on rocky shoreline in 6-12 feet of water. Top waters early and tubes after the sun comes up will get you plenty of bites. Water temp 75 degrees in most areas. Bret  Winegardner. Lakefront  Enterprises' Lakefront@live.com. 301-616-9889.

 

LOU thanks the best:

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

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

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

Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company

 

LOU Guides

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

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

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

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

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

 

Waters & Guides:

 

Tidal Potomac River: Captain Ken Penrod; Captain Kenny Penrod; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Dave Kerrigan.

Upper Potomac River: Ken Penrod; Kenny Penrod; Scott Johnson; Dave Kerrigan

Deep Creek Lake: Bret Winegardner.

Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers: Ken Penrod; Dave Kerrigan; Jason Shay; Kenny Penrod; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Scott Johnson

MD Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers: Captain Brian Barnes, Captain Keith Barker & Ken Penrod

Upper Chesapeake Bay:  Captain Brian Barnes

Ken's Companies:

Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports

Ken Penrod's Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Ken Penrod's Seminar Series

Ken Penrod's LOU Magazine; Ken Penrod's Tournament Services

 

   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 
 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending July 4, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos and Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan


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


LOU Fish of the Week: Largemouth; HAIDAR KAROUM, from the Potomac while guided by KP3. Haidar also qualified for the LOU Lo-Po Largemouth Club.
DC SLAM: Carson Joyce with a largemouth, smallmouth, striper and catish while fishing DC water with LOU guide Captain Kenny Penrod


UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: 80; clear; 2.2 rising
Water temp is breaking the 80 degree mark and slow fall to 2.3 with yet another rise projected, water was stained most of the week but finally clearing.   Fish were abundant this week and caught on a variety of lures, including campground special tubes, case magic stiks and top waters.  At low light levels fish the larger gravel flats with chunk rock but when the suns gets high move to the submerged ledges and fish slow.  Always look for current. Contact Scott at 240-625-2550.


TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: 80; algae is areas; SAV sickly in sectors.
We reported that commercial fishermen have been haul-seining spawning-area grass beds in Broad and Piscataway Creek -  and the Virginia trips such as Pohick and Aquia ruining grass beds and no-doubt killing the YOY but MDNR and the Virginia authorities just don't care. The grass in Broad Creek may be dying off now. If you ever see a Natural Resource policeman on the water - tell me where and when.

LOU guide Captain Kenny Penrod (240-478-9055) (The Fishing Detective) reports a good week on the tidal Potomac. The DC section of the river continues to produce not only smallmouth and largemouth bass but a variety of other fish species. The Kennedy Center wall has not been as productive as recent years due to a lack of a grass line but there are certain sections that will produce both largemouth and smallmouth bass. A War Eagle Finesse spinnerbait has been very effective in the DC section but especially effective when thrown right up against the wall. One can also expect to catch some huge blue catfish when fishing this way. The entrance of Pentagon Lagoon was especially productive - at certain tides - for smallmouth bass. One particular "old school" lure out produced all other lures in this section of the river and no it was not the tube. The bridge pilings always hold some bass and a tube or drop shot worked well. The Washington Channel holds bass so try a popper very early in the morning and then slow down with a worm as the sun shines. In the Belle Haven area try the Woodrow Bridge pilings with a dropshot on outgoing tides. The grass is excellent in the Aquia area of the river and I had luck throwing frogs at lower tides.


The tidal Potomac has a variety of fish species that are always willing to bite and are an excellent way to introduce kids to fishing. This week we caught huge blue catfish on drop offs near the airport and trolling crankbaits near the Ft. McNair drop off.


My tip this week is to try spooling your spinning reels with 12 lb Sunline braid and then tying a 5 ft Sunline Fluorocarbon to the end of the braid. This line combination not only helps eliminate line twisting but will increase sensitivity and casting distance. It's an excellent way to be able to throw flukes a considerable distance towards the Ft McNair wall and to feel subtle bites with tubes when fishing bridge pilings.

 
The first meeting of the Maryland Bass Fishing Advisory Subcommittee will occur on July 6. I will be opening a Facebook page called "Concerned Potomac River Anglers" that will provide updates on the issues confronting Potomac anglers. It has been my experience that political action is not prioritized by being on the right side of the issue but by the number of constituency on any side of an issue. Anglers should have just as much of a voice as environmentalists, tournament directors or commercial watermen.

   
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: 80 +-; very low; clear
LOU guide John Stygler is fishing his low water spots with good success.  The morning and evening bite is by far the best with Snagler buzzbaits in natural or gold colors, Snagler spinnerbaits in the Booster series same colors and prop type of baits. Move to Case Magic Stiks when the bite is tough with a Snagler 1/16 wacky jig or wacky weightless with a #2 octopus hook.  The river is very low and his best advice is to get the boat off the trailer and go fish, don't run unless you know the water very well.  Conditions are extremely low and dangerous.  Water temperature is very warm, so take care if the fish when you catch them.  No more than 60 seconds out of the water.  We all need to do our part to keep all these fisheries healthy.  He can be reached at 717-368-3802 or snaglerackle@aol.com to book a trip.


LOU guide Jason Shay reports: "I will sum it up quick. Spinnerbaits,topwater and swimbaits have been working best in areas with good current flow fish have been holding on front of ledges during the day and on current edges in am
Spinnerbait color Sexy shad smoke purple. Swimbaits Sexy shad and smoke blue."


DEEP CREEK LAKE: 70s; clear; BUSY;
Its vacation-time on this mountain lake and the "wise" fisherman is out there very early or quite late. Mid-day fishing in coves where water-sports are not conducive extends you day. LOU guide Bret Winegardner says "the summer pattern is on where early top-water lures near rocky points and shores score quite well for smallmouth. The grass bed and boat dock pattern is your option all day but particularly when the sun is high. Call Bret directly for bookings 301-616-9889, especially for short notice.

 
Ken Penrod’s Camp Sycamore: The creeks, rivers and lakes in this region (Clearfield, Potter, and Cameron counties) are as low as I have ever seen this for this time of year. Compounding the situation, the George Stevenson dam has been drained for dredging purposes so that boating option is gone. Next week the sessions begin.


LOU thanks the best:
Under Armour <> RiverPro <> Lowrance <> Ardent <> Sunline <> Case Plastics
Big Mouth Lure Company <> Zipper Worms <> Mizmo <> RAB Jig Heads
Riverfront Camp Ground <> Campground Special Tubes <> NRA <> Mercury Motors
Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company
 
LOU Guides
Captain Ken Penrod @ 240-447-2206: Captain Dave Kerrigan @ 301-252-5322
Captain Kenny Penrod @ 240-478-9055; Captain Brian Barnes @ 302-745-4668
Captain Keith Barker @ 301-509-2102; Bret Winergardner @ 301-616-9889
Jason Shay @ 717-507-4377; John Stygler @ 717-368-3802
Matt Greene @ 717-576-3735; Scott Johnson @ 240-625-2550
 
Waters & Guides:
 
Tidal Potomac River: Captain Ken Penrod; Captain Kenny Penrod; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Dave Kerrigan.
Upper Potomac River: Ken Penrod; Kenny Penrod; Scott Johnson; Dave Kerrigan
Deep Creek Lake: Bret Winegardner.
Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers: Ken Penrod; Dave Kerrigan; Jason Shay; Kenny Penrod; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Scott Johnson
MD Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers: Captain Brian Barnes, Captain Keith Barker & Ken Penrod
Upper Chesapeake Bay:  Captain Brian Barnes
Ken’s Companies:
Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports
Ken Penrod’s Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Ken Penrod’s Seminar SeriesKen Penrod’s LOU Magazine; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services

   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 


Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending June 26, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos and Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan

 

LOU Fish of the Week, Terry Ingram, Susquehanna, 2-.5" smallmouth with J Shay

Terry also qualifies for the Ken Penrod/Under Armour 20-Inch Smallmouth Club.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 80; some color; 4.3 and slowly falling.

The topsy-turvy rise and fall of the Potomac has become a trend this year but the bottom should fall out in the coming weeks. Still, bass fishing remains at a pretty consistent level. LOU guide Scott Johnson reports "The river fluctuations continue this week in level and in water clarity.  Mid-week the fishing was very good, although the Maryland side was stained from the recent storms the Virginia side was considerably clearer and where I focused my efforts on.   The fish were very active and were caught on spinnerbaits, topwaters, crankbaits, and as always campground special tubes.  By Saturday the river level was up to 3.2 and predicted to rise further, water temp 78 and water stained across the entire river.  Early in the morning the fish remained active and were caught again on spinnerbaits and topwaters, however by mid-morning the fish locked down tight to larger boulders and submerged ledges.  When the bite slows it takes patience to fish very slowly in these areas, "dead sticking" a tube.  It's becoming hot and the river was full of kayaks, waders and tubers so use caution while up on plane.  Start early for the best fishing.   I have a few dates left if you are interested in booking your trip this summer, contact Scott at 240-625-2550.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***; 80+-; clear

It's bumpy-low now and only those with plenty of experience, tough-bottom boats; Yaks or canoes venture out - except for a few with harsh lessons to learn. Our guides rank in the "top level" and that comes with experience. LOU guide John Snygler reports: John Stygler is targeting his low water areas in the early morning and evenings with great success.  Concentrating on shallow flats, ledges and anywhere there is good current. The bass are scattered all over.  Snagler spinnerbaits in natural colors being burned takes most of his fish, especially the lager fish.  The top water bite, with Snagler buzzbaits, prop baits and dog walking style baits has been deadly.  On tougher days, Case Magic stiks with a Snagler 1/16 oz wacky jig has been great for numbers.  The number of small fish out there is the best we have seen in a decade.  The water level is very low, so be careful running.  The river is summer clear, with some stain on the east side.  You can contact him at 717-368-3802 or snaglertackle@aol.com.

LOU guide Jason Shay adds: I am extremely impressed with the activity of these fish, especially with the high water temps we have been seeing.  Temps have been between 79 and 85. Fish are grouped up in well oxygenated, current - fed areas. In the beginning of the week,  spinnerbaits and topwater lures stole the show.  As the week went on, the spinnerbait bite dwindled away but was replaced with a strong swimbait bite. The amount of 6/8-inch smallies in this river is astounding despite what anyone says. This is one of the healthiest fisheries around. Jason Shay, Life Outdoors Unlimited, Susquehanna River Guide, Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide, Riveretech@yahoo.com
(717) 507-4377.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 80s; algae and wind stain in areas; full moon tides.

Maryland DNR only has to manage the MD tributaries of the tidal Potomac River because the Potomac River Fisheries are in control (ugh) of the main stem and VA/DC have their own portions. To date, in spite of years of coaching, urging, complaining and suggesting -Maryland DNR has done NOTHING but "survey," "stall," "initiate to retreat," and regress.

For instance: (1) they were going to ask "permission" to change the creel to 3 and the size to 15-inchs (NOTHING). (2) They advertised the location of three sanctuary areas to protect spawning bass - and that fell through the cracks (NOTHING). (3) They initiated new regulation for tournaments that would permit only one bass over 15-inches long to be weighed-n. The Secretary announced this goofy law, but guess what? A group met with DNR and intimidated them. They backed-off like a dog with a gun pointed at it. (NOTHING). (4) Part of the "new rule, "Option 2" states that tournament groups must have release boats and no penetrating culling tools could be used. YEP - you got it. No live release boats and lots of culling tool use. Progress? NOTHING except backward.

For years now we have complained about the commercial watermen netting fresh spawned areas and vital new-growth SAV. We have complained about their breaking speeding laws and wonton waste - to absolutely no avail. It seems that they have special powers with MDNR - and always have. Read my articles in LOU Magazine (LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/ and conclude that for yourself. Hell, during the Potomac River Bass Burglary a Natural Resources Policeman called one of the ring-leaders and warned him that a warrant had been issued.

This spring those very watermen have haul-seined the vital nurseries of Mattawoman, Chickamuxen, Piscataway and Broad Creeks - several times leaving behind a surface cluttered with destroyed aquatic vegetation - and dead bass fry. The Virginia anglers complain of the same in those tribs.

Remember that famous "committee" that Joe Love bragged about - The Black Bass Rountable, well a new committee has been formed called the Black Bass Advisory Committee. There are 13 members and they report to Sportfish Advisory Committee that reports to the Governor. Whew! And the can gets kicked down the road some more.

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod, aka "The Fishing Detective." Reports "that he fished the tidal Potomac from Washington DC to Aquia nearly every day last week. In Washington DC the bass can be found on bridge pilings. Try a small Campground tube in KP Rose color and fish it slowly with the current against shallow pilings that are next to deeper water. Also try small spinnerbaits against the Kennedy Center wall. Stripers can be caught against the rocks near Boiling Air Force Base casting poppers or flukes. The mouths of Broad and Piscataway Creeks are productive if you fish a Case Magic Stik slowly through the grass at lower tides. That's if you can fish the areas without "commercial fishermen" netting in these areas. The Greenway flats area has beautiful grass and topwaters in low light can produce quality bass. In the Aquia area you can catch bass on low tides by throwing buzzing toads into matted grass. My tip this week is to try rigging a dropshot rig weedless and with an elongated drop shot weight. This rig can be deadly when thrown to bridge pilings and rocks while remaining fairly snag free.  I can be reached at 240-478-9055 if you would like to book a trip and try some exciting topwater frog fishing on the tidal Potomac."

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; higher than normal; low 70s

LOU guide Bret Winegardner (301-616-9889) reports "very little change" in fish behavior and pattern over the past few weeks. Call Bret directly for booking if you are vacationing there or for short notice. We are looking to hire a new guide for that water to assist Bret.

Basically, post spawn conditions have the bass in transition and lake-noise adds to that. Get out there EARLY and use topwater lures for smallmouth on rocky shores or land points. The sun is your enemy for the summer but you can fish boat docks and grass beds when the sun is high. 

LOU thanks the best:

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

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

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

Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company

 

LOU Guides

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

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

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

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

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

 

Waters & Guides:

 

Tidal Potomac River: Captain Ken Penrod; Captain Kenny Penrod; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Dave Kerrigan.

Upper Potomac River: Ken Penrod; Kenny Penrod; Scott Johnson; Dave Kerrigan

Deep Creek Lake: Bret Winegardner

Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers: Ken Penrod; Dave Kerrigan; Jason Shay; Kenny Penrod; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Scott Johnson

MD Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers: Captain Brian Barnes, aptain Keith Barker & Ken Penrod

Upper Chesapeake Bay:  Captain Brian Barnes

Ken’s Companies:

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod’s Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports

Ken Penrod’s Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Ken Penrod’s Seminar Series

Ken Penrod’s LOU Magazine; Ken Penrod’s Tournament Services
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report
For Week Ending June 19, 2016

Notes: Our fishing report will also be posted to Ken's page "Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited" (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) as will be our client photos and Ken Penrod's 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan

 

LOU Fish of the Week,

Largemouth: John Thiesburger, with KP3, Tidal Potomac.

Smallmouth: Scott Smith with Jason Shay, Susquehanna River

Walleye: Scott Johnson, Upper Potomac River

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; near 80; some color; slight rise; 2.2 at Point of Rocks

Smallmouth bass fishing has been really good although the tremendous population of young bass are usually quicker to our lures. The unusual rise and fall tendency has stifled the grass growth - but it's there, and will show with summer- low water.

We caught nearly 100 on a rainy day - but I like rainy days- or cloudy days. The toughest fishing is generally when cloudless skies and a rising barometer dominate. It's best for the summer months to start at dawn because the fish quit by noon. Whenever you can see the bottom, see all the rocky cover - the fish can also see you and although short on brain mass - they aren't entirely stupid.

Type "A" anglers will suffer when bass are skittish and not chasing - so learn to slow-down and fish methodically. There is much truth to the ol' saying that "90% of the fish live in 10% of the water.

Spinning tackle (Ardent medium action, Edge, fast tip) and Bolt, Wire or C-Force reels spooled with 6 or 8 pound test Sunline fluorocarbon is the ideal tool here - and you may use my discount: go to www.ardent.com and order yours using discount code "TC252016" for a 25% discount. You are welcome. You may know a lot more than I do but Case Magic Stiks and Campground Special teaser tubes in the KP Series are hard to beat for river smallmouth. For the Case products, go to www.fishingcomplete.com and use my discount code also, "KenP20" for 20% off. For Campground Special tubes and the RAB jig heads I recommend, call Johnny Cunningham at 717-877-2704. Susquehanna Tackle Company also carries the tubes.

Not a bad idea to try some topwater lures such as Obie-Hardhook buzzbaits or Rico poppers in the morning. I give them 20 minutes. No bites - tubes are coming out -and that is the KP Tip of the Week.

LOU guide Scott Johnson reports

"This week ended with water temps in the upper 70's, POR at 2.5 and visibility around 2.5'.   Fishing has been very good again this week with a lot of smallish bass and some nice fish mixed in.  Early in the week fishing was good with spinnerbaits and the good old floating rapala and of course campground special tubes in kp purple.  On Saturday with the bluebird skies the fish pushed tight to ledges in deeper water but campground special tubes in purple craw coaxed the fish into biting.  Contact Scott at 240-625-2550 to schedule your trip, there are a few dates left for this summer."

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; nearing 80; boat traffic stain

Bass fishing has been good in many areas and poor in others but one of the barometers is always: "How did the Pro's Do?": Nearly 150 FLW competitors and their co-anglers dominated the river this week. The nice thing about the FLW format is that they reduce to 10 boats for Saturday. The winner ($39k), Casey Smith of New York brought an average of 17# to the scale each of 3 days for a total of 51.5 pounds. In 10th place (the cutoff) 37.5# for an average of 12.5 pounds.

LOU guide, Captain Kenny Penrod reports: "Kenny Penrod III reports that most of the better fishing on the tidal Potomac revolves around grass patterns. Milfoil and hydrilla near the mouths of the major tributaries is producing quite a few bass as is main river grass beds. In low light and higher tides - poppers and other topwaters are very effective. However, after the first hour or so nothing beats a Magic Stik fished slowly through the grass. This is tedious fishing and requires patience especially now as water temperatures are higher and the bite window narrows. During low tides, fish the outer edges of grass in about 3 to 4 feet of water. The fish are spooky so make long casts. On higher tides, move further back into the grass and fish the inner edge of grass. There was a large 120 boat FLW tournament on the Potomac this past week and many of the contenders were also following this pattern.  In the DC section of the river - the Washington Channel produced best. Moving lures have not worked well for me in the channel but soft plastics thrown  into the grass and worked to the edge of the drop off produced quite a few bass in channel. I have 2 tips for you if you want to fish the tidal Potomac. The first is a Fishing Tip of the Week - -and that is to fish grass - don' stay on the bank but find clean grass near some sort of drop and fish slowly with Case Magic Stiks. The second tip I have is a safety tip - the Potomac offers little shade and the sun reflecting off the water necessitates the use of sunblock and plenty of water. A day on the water can be ruined by sunburn and dehydration so be prepared and even on a cloudy day wear sunblock and drink water. I can be reached at 240-478-9055 and follow the fishing on my Facebook page - "Kenny Penrod III (The Fishing Detective)".

Kenny Penrod has been appointed to the Tidal Bass Advisory Committee, newly formed by MDNR. I'm not sure what this is going to be all about but I do know that MD DNR has done NOTHING to protect the largemouth bass populations of the Potomac River - and others. NOTHING. Can't wait to see the makeup of this committee.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: ***; clear; near 80; LOW; 3.6 at the Harrisburg gauge and 4.2 and steady.

The 100 miles of the main stem and 33 miles of the Juniata, plus all tributaries - were reopened to bass fishing on Saturday, the 18th.

The PFGC will host a meeting Monday evening of the newly formed Susquehanna Smallmouth Advisory Committee. I will be there.

The river swarmed with bass boats reminiscent of the first day of trout season. Any closure of water within a system simply places undo pressure on unaffected areas, and the new opening is akin to invasion.

LOU guide Jason Shay was among the throng and reports: "Well bass is back again. Beating the heat was key (76 morning up to 83 eve w/t) .Lots of juvenile bass everywhere every fish caught was extremely healthy and active. Bigger fish seem to be paired up in deeper "pools".  Spinnerbaits  (solid colors morning and translucent during high sun) worked best with topwater a close second (with topwater the pause was very important 2/3 sec pause triggered strikes." Jason Shay; Life Outdoors Unlimited;  Susquehanna River Guide Instagram @Susquehanna_river_guide; Riveretech@yahoo.com
(717) 507-4377.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; unusually high; near 70

Due to recent severe rain storms the lake level is the highest its been all year. Look for largemouth deep in the shoreline cover and in the backs of the feeder creeks. Frogs and magic sticks seem to work best. Smallmouth fishing has been decent early on topwaters and later on deep docks on Mizmo tubes.

Bret  Winegardner , Lakefront  Enterprises, Lakefront@live.com, 301-616-9889

 

POCOMOKE & NANTICOKE RIVERS: ***; full moon tides; tanic to  stain; 70s.

LOU guide, Captain Brian Barnes reports: "Pocomoke river: water 69 to 74 degrees, stained, fish are post spawn mainly staged in pad areas and nearby wood, outgoing and low tide are best. In pads, best baits are Bigmouth Lures' spinnerbaits in Penrod Special or Sunfish colors and Big Shakey in bluegill color. Fish near wood are eating Magic Stick in green pumpkin or black blue or a Missile D-bomb in Cali Love.

Nanticoke River: water 70 to 74 degrees, post spawn fish are mainly staged on wood and feeding aggressively during low tide. Preferred baits are Big mouth buzzbait in all black or spinnerbait in Bluegill. Plastic's choice would be Missile Dbomb in Cali love or a brushing in blue fleck color.

To book your trip to fish one of these scenic rivers, call Captain Brian Barnes at 3027454668 or contact LOU's home office.

 

LOU thanks the best:

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

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

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

 > Mercury Motors

Power Pole <> Columbia Design & Graphics Company

 

LOU Guides

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

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

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

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

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

 

Waters & Guides:

 

Tidal Potomac River: Captain Ken Penrod; Captain Kenny Penrod; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Dave Kerrigan.

Upper Potomac River: Ken Penrod; Kenny Penrod; Scott Johnson; Dave Kerrigan

Deep Creek Lake: Bret Winegardner

Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers: Ken Penrod; Dave Kerrigan; Jason Shay; Kenny Penrod; Matt Greene; John Stygler; Scott Johnson

MD Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers: Captain Keith Barker & Ken Penrod

Upper Chesapeake Bay:  Captain Brian Barnes

Ken's Companies:

Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited; Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Reports

Ken Penrod's Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Ken Penrod's Seminar Series

Ken Penrod's LOU  Magazine; Ken Penrod's Tournament Services





 







Thanking all of our partners including:
RiverPro Jet Boats; Mercury Sportjet & Outboards; Lowrance Electronics; Under Armour;  NRA; Ardent Outdoors; Sunline; Big Mouth Lure Company; Power Pole; Mizmo; Case Plastics; Zipper Worms; Riverfront Campground; RAB Jigs; Columbia Design & Graphics.
 
 
Our guides include:Captain Ken Penrod; Captain Kenny Penrod; Captain Dave Kerrigan; Captain Keith Barker; Captain Brian Barnes; Bret Winegardner; Scott Johnson; Jason Shay; Matt Greene; Pete Holmes; John Stygler & Tim Reams.

 

 

 

 


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