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Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 24, 2015

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Attention Is directed to the following:

Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fish License Description:

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

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

·                  $15 – Resident Annual

·                  $22.50 – Non-resident Annual

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

·                  $6 – Resident 7-Day

·                  $12 – Non-resident 7 Day

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

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

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

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 17, 2015

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can’t do what we do without these people:

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

Dr. Dave fished with Ken Wednesday and he caught this Potomac
bass--and others.
Ken caught this Potomac monster on a Magic Stik.

Keith Mainland fished with Ken Saturday on the Potomac.

Lucian Romano used a Mizmo tube to catch this Potomac bass aboard
Ken's RiverPro.


Leo, with his "Poppy", and brother, caught the "fish of his
dreams," a snakehead--and then destroyed it,  oooora.

Lenny Romano, Eric Tovar and KP 3 enjoyed their day on the tidal
Potomac River
. 

Guide Jason Shay (717) 507 4377 has been on some nice smallies
above the restriction area. Summer dates are filling up fast!

LOU Guide Pete Holmes with a rainy day smallmouth that fell for a case magic stick.

 
Lucian Romano used a Mizmo tube to catch this Potomac bass
aboard
Ken's RiverPro.

 
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 10, 2015

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

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

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

 

Happy Mother’s Day…

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks,

John

          

John Stygler

Guide for Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited

www.penrodsguides.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject: Susquehanna/Juniata Rivers Fishing Comments

Gentlemen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A great Potomac bass that fell for a Case Magic Stik

KP3 fished Mattawoman with “dad” and they caught some
fine  bass.
If there is a better warm water bait than a Case Magic Stik—I don’t
know what it is.

This is one snakehead that’s turtle-food for now.

“ LOU Fish of the Week” goes to Steve Matera, who caught
this 5# bass on a Mizmo tube while guided by Ken. He had two
over five and Ken another this day.

It’s call a “Replicator” and just google it. Add your favorite soft swim
bait and this “Chin-Spin” becomes one hot bass catcher.

LOU Guide Pete Holmes with a tank of a smallmouth
that crushed a spinnerbait. Get in on the action book
a trip today!!

LOU guide, Captain Rick Nietkiewicz is simply crushing bass
on Lake Erie.
100 to 175 fish per day on Lake Erie now are not uncommon.
Reach Rick at 412-780-9995.

Guide Jason Shay with a nice Juniata smallie.

John Z aka Scoop Junk with a beautiful Juniata river bronze back he
caught on a swimbait with guide Jason.

Mike S with a good smallie he caught spinnerbait fishing with guide
Jason Shay. 

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending May 3, 2015

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POCOMOKE, NANTICOKE & other Eastern Shore tidal waters:

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

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

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

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 26, 2015

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Don’t waste your time this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

For Week Ending April 19, 2015

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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