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Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

Week Ending July 20, 2014
4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell, Best Bet: 240-447-2206. Office Ans.
Device: 301-937-0010. kenpenrod@comcast.net
www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com
LOU Magazine; Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Life Outdoors Unlimited

Webmaster; Captain Brent Nelson of Columbia Design & Graphics
VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations & Editor in Chief of LOU Magazine
captbrentnelson@gmail.com 

LOU Fish of the Week, Largemouth: Joey McClosky aboard Ken’s RiverPro on the George Stevenson Dam with a Case Magic Stik. LOU Fish of the Week, Smallmouth: Mike Stoker aboard John Stygler’s jet boat on the Susquehanna River on a Snagler Booster spinnerbait.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; mid 70s; some color; 1.6 @ Point of Rocks and steady.

            Smallmouth bass fishing has been simply great although the majority of the bass are small (<12”), there are a good number of bigger fish if you spend the time in the quality areas. I like water when I can’t see the bottom that has canopy-like ledges or big chunk rocks. Your first cast to any “hole” must be well planned and very accurate or you will spook the adults. The little dudes don’t care.

            As always, we strongly recommend Campground Special tubes in the KP Series on a 1/8th ounce RAB jig head. These can be purchased via telephone by calling Johnny Cunningham at 717-877-2704. My favored colors are Penrod Special; KP Candy; KP Rose and KP Peanut Butter.

            Good areas include Seneca (week days), Edwards Ferry up or down, Whites Ferry—upstream, Lander up or down and Brunswick up or down.

            At Lander keep the long parking spots for trailers and park non-trailer vehicles at the skinny end of the lot. This parking lot is for fishing traffic.

            At this point in the season, you should be using 6# mono and I recommend Sun Line or Excell.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***1/2; 70s; stain on east side; Sinnamahoning Creek @ 1.6 and steady; Harrisburg @ 4.0 and steady; Newport @ 4.1 and steady,

            Our guides continue to thrill their clients with quality and quantity of smallmouth bass that only Lake Erie can beat—and they are doing it with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, tubes, chatter baits and some topwater lures.

            LOU guide Jason Shay (717-507-4377) had more than 60 smallmouth in 4 hours on chatter baits, swim baits, spinnerbaits and talks about an “insane” topwater bite when the sun goes down. Much of his time is spent upriver of Fort Hunter.

            LOU guide Matt Greene (717-576-3735) has been fishing the Clemson Island, Fort Hunter and New Cumberland sectors with outstanding success and he really loves his chatterbait results.

            LOU guide John Stygler (717-368-3802) is fishing out of Riverfront Campground and he too loves the Snagler spinnerbaits in the Booster series.

            LOU guide Joe Raymond (717-989-6626) is upriver of the Juniata and he and his clients are wearing-out their reel drags on giant smallmouth that are addicted to spinnerbaits.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **; <80; B G Algae in south; some color.

            Largemouth bass fishing has been pretty tough in many areas and the hothouse conditions have really spiked grass growth. Much of the grass is sickly looking and loaded with algae so find the green grass and you have found the bass.

            In Washington DC, cast Mizmo tubes and/or crankbaits to bridge foundations or causeway walls for better than average smallmouth bass.

            In The Woodrow Wilson Bridge vicinity, concrete chunks in Penrod Cove; I-95 bridge foundations; Charlys Cove; Fort Washington Lighthouse and Bulltown Cove have some bass but it’s all work. Use Case Stiks in grassy areas and Mizmo tubes on hard cover. Always, always try a buzzbnaits in the early hours.

            In the Middle Sector, Pomonkey Creek and Gunston Cove are worth the time and I really like Big Mouth Spinnerbaits and the Big Shakey here.

            Mattawoman and vicinity is still the best but the :best” is only a shadow of what we used to call good.

            Use Big Mouth Big Shakeys and spinnerbaits to spatterdock—and don’t hesitate to flip tubes to inside pockets of those spatterdock fields.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: **1/2; clear; busy; good grass growth.

            LOU guides Brent Nelson and Bret Winegardner report better than normal results for largemouth bass in grass and around docks—and smallmouth on points and rocky shorelines. Spend the early morning casting topwater lures for the smallmouth.

Ken Penrod’s Summer Youth Camp

Be sure to go to our website to see photographs of my boy’s fishing and shooting activities for this year’s Camp Sycamore—an experience your son will never forget. I take well behaved boys (12-18 years old) to my lodge in Pennsylvania and teach them the fishing and shooting arts. There is nothing like this in the USA. Special thanks to NRA, RiverPro boats; Lowrance Electronics; Mercury Outboard and SportJet motors; Minn Kota trolling motors; Mizmo; Case Plastics; Zipper Worms; Big Mouth Lures; Remington; Beeman Air Rifles; Sinnamahoning Sportsmen Club; Life Outdoors Unlimited; RAB jigheads; Bushnell Optics; Ardent Rods and Reels.

            We spent a very comfortable week in Cameron County and while we had to work around some rain on Monday and Tuesday—the high temp for the week was only 78 degrees. Our lodge is near the small town of Sinnamahoning and a fine trout stream is just 40-feet away. The Sinnamahoning Branch (wade for smallmouth) of the West Branch Susquehanna is but a mile away and the George Stevenson Dam (largemouth and smallmouth) is 20-minutes via vehicle where we can use our big boats. There is vast state owned land adjacent to us teeming with critters of all varieties.

Wycoff Run: the boys caught at least 50 brook and rainbow trout from this creek during the week and most of those went home with them.

Sinnamahoning Creek: I find it interesting that the PA Fish & Boat Commission received 3.675 million dollars from the Norfolk Southern Railroad as restitution for a train derailment that literally poisoned the Sinnamahoning Branch. My summer camp was in session when that happened in 2006 and we were not allowed near the creek.

Of the nearly 7.4 million dollars the state received—only $58,000 is earmarked for the water and resource that was actually damaged by this derailment. How can that be?.

The boys caught and released about 100 smallmouth bass from this creek on Magic Stiks and teaser tubes—plus an 8-pound catfish and some trout.

George Stevenson Dam: we fished on day from our big boats and the boys caught and released 50 largemouth (3 were smallmouth), mostly on Case Plastics and Mizmo tubes. 14 year old Joey McClosky caught the “LOU Fish of the Week” from Ken’s RiverPro and his photo is attached.

You can obtain more information about Ken’s Camp from our website at www.penrodsguides.com.

We have obtained a case of Ken’s book titled “Pursuing River Smallmouth Bass” that we will offer as a one-time special to those reading this report. Buy one at $25 and pay only $5 for a second book. Send check or mail the order form found in the website BUT you must write “KP July Special” on the form and/or check. Offer void after mid-August or when books are sold.

Tom Shelton said he caught more fish in one day then he's used to catching in an entire year, while being guiding by Joe Raymond. Joe Raymond says the susquehanna bass appear to be very healthy and surprisingly thick for mid/late July.
Justin Shelton shows off his first bass of the day while being guided by, Joe Raymond. Brianna enjoyed a day on the water with her father LOU guide Jason Shay.
Pete caught this nice smallie on spinnerbait while fishing with LOU guide Jason Shay. LOU guide Jason Shay saw this fat Susqy 20 sitting in less then a foot of water it crushed his spinnerbait on contact.
Matt Wendle with a real nice early morning smallie with LOU guide John Stygler caught on a Snagler Thin WIre Spinnerbait in Ghost Snag. The eyes were out this weekend, Eric Stillwell
with a 20 inch Walleye caught on a Snagler Booster
Banded Killifish Spinnerbait with LOU guide John Stygler.
Mike Stoker had a great first hour in the morning
with LOU guide John Stygler, he caught 2 19's,
one pictured here and a 20 all on the Snagler
Thin Wire Gold Snag spinnerbait.  Morning was
the best bit of the day, afternoons got tougher.
 Mike Stoker showing his first 20 inch fish of this year with LOU guide John Stygler.
John Zanelotti with a fat summer smallie with
LOU guide John Stygler caught on a Snagler
Thin Wire Susquie Gold spinnerbait.  These
smallies this summer are plump and healthy,
very few signs of lesions or disease.  
We saw fish chasing shinners and other bait
fish all over the place.
LOU guide John Stygler with a real nice summer smallie caught on a Snagler Buzzbait Banded Killifish.  These top water bait produce on of the most vicious strikes every and these one did not disappoint.  

Don Bridy with a quality smallie out with LOU Guide Matt Greene. LOU guide Matt Greene with a another nice smallie.
Jeff Stauffer showing off a  nice bronze back  specimen  with LOU guide Matt Greene. LOU guide Capt. Brent Nelson spent the week fishing
Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga, New York with the
High Noon Bassmasters.  He went on to win their
2 day tournament with 33.5 pounds of largemouth bass.
Camp Sycramore 2014
   

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

Week Ending July 13, 2014
4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell, Best Bet: 240-447-2206. Office Ans.
Device: 301-937-0010. kenpenrod@comcast.net
www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com
LOU Magazine; Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Life Outdoors Unlimited

Webmaster; Captain Brent Nelson of Columbia Design & Graphics
VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations & Editor in Chief of LOU Magazine
captbrentnelson@gmail.com 

 

NOTES: I’ll be with my boys at Ken Penrod’s Summer Youth Camp this week and will report on our activities next week.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 80; algae; clear; 1.7 @ Point of Rocks and steady.

            Smallmouth bass fishing success is still above normal albeit the fish are small, the grass is getting longer and the algae is still unabated. It seems the river is being used more this year than any of the past several and the numbers of kayaks and canoes are impressive.

            At Seneca (except for weekends), Edwards Ferry (I like upriver). Whites Ferry (up us best), Lander (either direction), and Brunswick (either direction) use small teaser-size tubes in the KP Series, Case Magic Stiks and Zipper Worms and Craws for just about all the fish you care to catch. Go early because “it’s over at noon” on a clear day

            Use 6 or 8# test mono, medium action rods such as Ardent and stay seated the boat when possible. Bass will be in some current so watch the bubbles and fish the current breaks.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ****; finally clearing; mid 70s; 4.0 @ Harrisburg and 4.1 at Newport on the Juniata.

            Smallmouth bass defy the rumors that they are scarce and sickly with evidence so strong that it’s difficult to comprehend the continuance of angler punishment that the springtime closure has accomplished.

            The water is getting low but finally clearing—and I just have to wonder why it gets so dirty when it’s so low. It’s not like rain runoff over freshly plowed fields is the reason. Anyway, LOU guide Matt Greene says: “I was in the Perdix area on the 6th and caught 34; on the 7th in New Cumberland and had 21 in three hours. I’m using spinnerbaits and chatterbaits exclusively.

            Jason Shay reports: I”I fished Fort Hunter Sunday and had 40 bass on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. I fished Goldsboro Thursday evening and caught 20 bass—same lures.

            Joe’s been making spinnerbaits and John’s report will come tomorrow—but you can bet that these guys are on the fish and will lead you to them.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 80; blue green algae to the south and creeks; major grass growth.

            It was a year ago when I went off to my summer youth camp duties and then returned to a tidal Potomac River seemingly devoid of bass—after one the best springs in my 34-year professional career. At this point in time, I/we had a good spring but with only 50% of the catch we did during the same period last year. I will hope that this was an anomaly but will seriously monitor the river when I return.

            I realize that MD. Like other states are having budget issues but none are as glaring to the angling community as the lack of Police Officers on the water. Mattawoman Creek is a great example, where commercial watermen have always shunned the 6-MPH restriction—now bass anglers are also. Some people in small boats were swamped over the weekend and while tournament anglers are the likely culprits—it’s some recreational guys also. DNR Fisheries don’t want to hear about this but call the NRP and see how many time you get a recording. The speed buoys were moved by ice-out and they have never been repositioned.

            There were 238 tournament boats out of Smallwood State Park Saturday—and no release boat. Those bass were released into the stagnant water at the park that neared 80-degrees. UGHHH!

            Meanwhile, bass-catching hasn’t been world class by any stretch—but has been decent. Let there be no doubt that the numbers and quality have declined—yet she is still the best tidal bass fishery in the Chesapeake Bay system since the upper bay is also declining.

            The DC area has been consistent although not better than “fair.” Smallmouth bass from Key Bridge, Pentagon Lagoon causeway and railroad bridge foundations can be day-savers if you carefully present Mizmo tubes micro-close to the stonework. I like the 4” on the ¼ oz. InSider—but back off and cast firetiger Bomber 7A crankbaits along the structure also.

            A few rockfish have showed up at Fox Ferry structure during mid to low water tides where crankbaits and Mizmo tubes do the job. The concrete in Penrod Cove often seems to be “fishless” but probe with drop shot plastics and Mizmo tubes.

            Pomonkey Creek, Pohick Bay and Hallowing Creeks have been productive although grass growth in some areas make guiding difficult. The Big Mouth Lure Company “Big Shakey” and Grass Jig is hard to beat in these areas but always try a buzzbait or frog when the sun is low.

            Mattawoman Creek grass and spatterdock is semi-productive most tides but during low water can be the best of the river. The pads are big and while some are “browning” from a “bug,” there are some “chunks” in there and flipping is the advice of the author. Big Mouth spinnerbaits are good choices for grass edges and it’s hard to beat the Case Magic Stik.

            Interesting stat from the BFL Tournament: 12 pounds got you a check; 68 boaters had 10 pounds or less; 27 had less than 5 pounds; 9.4 pounds got a check on the co-angler side; more than 100 had less than 10 pounds; 45 had less than 5 pounds; 15 had “0” fish.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: ***; 70s; clear; normal pool; “crazy time” is noon till 5.

            LOU guide Bret Winegardner reports “pretty good” fishing for largemouth bass on shoreline grass with buzzbaits, frogs and jigs. He also says “the smallmouth are a little deeper (4-8 feet) and small worms, tubes and wacky rigs can work all day.

LOU guide Matt Greene with a nice Susquehanna smallie. LOU guide, Joe Raymond says nothing beats the excitement of catching shallow water spinnerbait bass like this!!
 
Guide Jason Shay say the fishing on the Susquehanna remains strong and fish from every size class appear active and healthy.  
   
   
   
   

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

Week Ending July 6, 2014
4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell, Best Bet: 240-447-2206. Office Ans.
Device: 301-937-0010. kenpenrod@comcast.net
www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com
LOU Magazine; Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Life Outdoors Unlimited

Webmaster; Captain Brent Nelson of Columbia Design & Graphics
VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations & Editor in Chief of LOU Magazine
captbrentnelson@gmail.com 


 

Notes: For a few weeks our fish reports will be short as we conduct our annual summer youth camp from our lodge in Sinnamahoning, Pennsylvania.

This report is filed Saturday. 7/5.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 80s; algae; Clear.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good but the “heat wave” caused bad algae blooms and caused the SAV to jump start. It’s important to be on the water very early because when the sun is high—the bite is over.

            We can recommend Seneca, Edwards Ferry, Whites Ferry, Lander and Brunswick area and it’s a good idea to start every dawn with topwater lures such as buzz baits, Ricos and frogs. Smallmouth bass will be in very shallow water looking for crawfish and polarized sun glasses are game savers.

            Don’t fish slack water now because the DO will be poor. Cast to submersed ledges or current breaks and nothing beats teaser size tubes or Case Magic Stiks. So many small fish.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 80s; algae south & creeks; green tint.

            Bass fishing has been from “fair” to “tough,” depending on sector and barometer. Wind played a negative role some of the week and the heat was downright dangerous.

            In Washington DC, catch some nice smallmouth on the railroad bridge foundations and causeway walls at Pentagon Lagoon. The Washington Channel is a lake unto itself and we really like the dropoff and shoal along the Fort McNair side. You can get into trouble here though if you get to close to Admirals Row. Use Case Plastics and Big Shakeys on the grassy shoar and crankbaits or Mizmo tubes on the dropoff. There are some rockfish here also so you may want to troll the 10-12 foot contour with crankbaits.

            The Woodrow Wilson Bridge vicinity has not been “good” for a few years but that doesn’t mean that bass are absent. Find the bigger fish in deeper water with crankbaits, drop-shot rigs and 7” Zipper Worms. Penrod Cove concrete; South Point dropoff; Charley’s Cove grass and Fort Washington Lighthouse drop.

            The “Middle Zone” has been fair with Pomonkey Creek, both inside and out, being the best. Big Mouth Big Shakeys, frogs; Magic Stiks and buzzbaits are favored.

            The Mattawoman sector was Ken Penrod 3’s target for a few days this week and he worked water all the way to Aquia. The pads in Mattawoman were most productive and he found big jigs to be most productive.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: ***1/2; stained east side; 4.2 @ Harrisburg and holding; 4.9 @ Newport on the Juniata and falling slowly. The Sinnamahoning branch, where we will be fishing with my youth camp boys is 2.4 and steady.

            Bass fishing has been outstanding all year but I hate when the water heats up into the 80s because of all the farm manure which cause major algae blooms and other unknown diseases in the fish—and the humans that drink this water :hoping” the filtration plants remove the bad “stuff.” 

            Matt Greene fished From Clemson Island to Clarks Ferry Bridge for 35 bass on a candy craw chatterbait. He also did New Cumberland two days for 24 and 38. Jason’s been on vacation and Joe has been chasing green fish. John will fish the weekend but I’ll post this report prior to that.

            This cold front may help the water but if you see any sick or troubled bass, please contact John Stygler immediately at 717-368-3802. John will know who to call and he will get it done quickly. Remember, a “few” is no big deal, but when you see a dozen in a short period, there is trouble.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: ***; 70s; clear. Normal pool

            LOU guide Bret Winegardner reports “real good” bass fishing on the lake where he fisnished 2nd in a tournament with 14.91 pounds, losing to 15.02. The big bass of the event was 5-pounds, so as you can see, the fish are biting well. Bret says the bass are on shallow shoreline grass or boat docks. He likes a wacky rig (Case O-Wacky) Case Magic Stik here and if you can “skip” your bait accurately, under the docks—you will score. Good topwater action for smallmouth in the morning so don’t sleep in.

LOU guide John Stygler's daughter Sarah enjoying a holiday weekend of fishing with Snagler Tackle Jiglers at Riverfront Campground. Troy Issac with a nice Juniata River summer smallie caught on a Case Magic Stik with LOU guide John Stygler.
LOU Guide John Stygler with a summer Juniata smallie just shy of 20 inches taken on a Snagler Tackle Booster Spinnerbait in Banded Killifish color. LOU Guide Matt Green with a nice smallie caught on a chatterbait.
Don Bridy with a nice Susquehanna smallie caught on a chatterbait. Ed Steffy caught this chunky green bass while fun fishing with Guide, Joe Raymond.
Joe Raymond enjoys a day on the bay chasing greenies. This one ate a spinnerbait. LOU guide Jason Shay says "watching a smallie inhale your spinnerbait in less then a foot of water is something every fisherman has to do". Summer dates are filling up fast..BOOK YOURS BEFORE ITS TO LATE!

 

 

 

Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report

Week Ending June 29, 2014
4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell, Best Bet: 240-447-2206. Office Ans.
Device: 301-937-0010. kenpenrod@comcast.net
www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com
LOU Magazine; Camp Sycamore; PPC Publications; Life Outdoors Unlimited

Webmaster; Captain Brent Nelson of Columbia Design & Graphics
VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations & Editor in Chief of LOU Magazine
captbrentnelson@gmail.com 


 

 

Brian Graves, guided by Jason Shay on the Susquehanna River.

 

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: ***1/2; 78 degrees; some color; very little grass; 2.2 @ Point of Rocks.

NOTES: the long-time relationship between Mare Inc. and Ken Penrod ended this week and the reasons why shall remain personal and confidential. Suffice it to say that I have nothing but respect for the owner/owners and I move on with some regret. I will fish the balance of the year from my RiverPro, 20-foot jet boat, which, by the way, is an awesome tidal river fishing option—and lest you forget, “it’s the man, not the boat, which finds the fish.” I’ve been preaching that for years.

Ken’s summer youth camp begins on July 14—and we have one slot available, contact me asap at 240-447-2206.

            Smallmouth bass fishing is off the chart but the vast majority of them are really youngsters, which bodes well for the future. There are plenty of larger bass, and they can eat small bass anytime they want, but fish the deeper, wider canopy ledges to upgrade your catch. Seneca, Edwards Ferry, Whites Ferry, Lander and Brunswick are good destinations. We strongly recommend Campground Special, teaser tubes in the KP Series, especially kp Candy, KP Rose and KP Specials. We like Ardent rods and reels with 8# test mono. The jig heads we use are RAB, 1/8th oz., 1/0 hook. Case Magic Stiks and Zipper Craws are reliable offerings you just have to try topwater baits every morning. On one trip to Lander this week we caught and released 70-some bass, one of which was 21-inches long.

            Purchase Campground Special tubes—the ones that we recommend, from John Cunningham, owner of Riverfront Campground—and his patented RAB jig head by contacting him on his cell at 717-877-2704 or by visiting his tackle shop at the campground in Duncannon, PA. John will gladly ship your order with credit card purchase. Our good friends at Susquehanna Tackle Company also has the KP series in their super-nice store. I can call STC in the afternoon and  find what I ordered on my door-step the next day after my guide trip.

LAKE ERIE: ****; 73 degrees;

LOU guide Rick Nitkiewicz (412-780-9995) is really crushing smallmouth bass on humps and rock piles in the 16-24 depth range.  Rick recommends plastics for sure and his catch one day included six bass over 5-pounds and 24 in the 4-pound class. Rick will have his USCG credentials and PA Guide License shortly and will be seeking clients so keep this in mind.

SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: **1/2 to ***1/2; low 70s; stained to downright muddy; 5.1 at Harrisburg and slowly falling; 4.7 at Newport on the Juniata and slowly falling.

            It rained pretty hard last Wednesday and that really muddied-up the rivers, causing a little slowdown to fish numbers but the guides were scoring with big bass by Sunday again, mostly on spinnerbaits such as those made by Snagler Tackle Co and Big Mouth Lures.

            LOU guide Matt Greene (717-576-3735) fished the I-81 bridge area this week and caught 32 bass in four hours on spinnerbaits and spent another day in the New Cumberland sector where he caught 24 bass in three hours. He recommends chatterbaits for larger bass.

            John Stygler (717-368-3802) is fishing above Riverfront Campground and his spinnerbaits bass are well above average.

            Jason Shay (717-507-4377) and Joe Raymond (717-989-6626) are working water north of Fort Hunter and while Saturday was slow—Sunday was awesome.

TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; 80s; algae blooming and salt wedge creeping.

            Wicked-heat brought water temps to the mid-80s and grass growths were way above normal although, overall, SAV has again declined throughout the basin. Hugh schools of baby bass are everywhere and it seems like the gar spawn is over. There is no shortage of food for the fish and we have yet to catch a snakehead. The bow hunters are really taking a toll on those toothy critters and I hope the rumors of bass being shot are not true.

            In Washington D C, the story is the same as it has been for a few weeks. Fish the dropoff in the Washington Channel for largemouth bass and rockfish with Rapala DT-6 or Thug crankbaits. The railroad bridge foundations, entrance & causeway walls to Pentagon Lagoon, Key Bridge foundations and rocky cover adjacent to Three Sisters hold plenty of smallmouth bass best caught on Mizmo tubes.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge sector is hit and miss as has become the summer pattern the past few years but Penrod Cove, Smoot Bay and coves adjacent to Belle Haven Marina require “testing” every chance you get. Nearby Piscataway Creek, Bulltown Cove and Pomonkey Creek are actually listed in reverse preference where Big Mouth Big Shakeys and Ken’s FireBug do as well as the day allows. My go-to for shallow, grassy areas is a 6” Case Magic Stik in the Ken’s Stik or Green Pumpkin/gold patterns. I keep preaching that you will do better with spinning tackle and 8# test mono.

The Mattawoman region has been improving but this week we really struggled until the last few hours of falling water. We are using Case Magic Stiks and Penrod Special spinnerbaits to spatterdock and wood in the 6-MPH area. Nearby Chickamuxen, especially inside the creek, and Leesylvania-area creeks at bridge crossings are worthy.

DEEP CREEK LAKE: ***; summertime busy; 70s; post spawn.

            LOU guide, Captain Brent Nelson, reports “decent” bass fishing and reminds anglers that bass are in very shallow water near shoreline grass and willow trees where frogs seem best to entice the larger fish.  You must also search for bass under docks where the ability to “skip” wacky rigged Case Magic Stiks is vital. Practice this every chance you get. This lake holds a great population of bluegill and is, perhaps, the “Kid’s Best Friends.” Spend you early morning hours casting topwater Rapala Skitter Props to points and rocky shorelines—and Capt. Brent likes those with yellow or orange bellies.

Kimberly can catch-'em on the upper Potomac. Michael Day had three smallmouth over 20 inches in April on the Susquehanna. Today, three of his bass may have measured 20-inches.
This 21-inch smallmouth fell for a Penrod Purple tube--near
Brunswick.
Kimberly does make this bass look better, don't you think?
A new "sheriff" shared a boat with Ken and Bullet on the Mattawoman this week. Billy "Bullett" defies life's problems as his 55 orthopedic surgieries can attest to--but he has a new Nitro and Ken showed him around Mattawoman.
Cameron used a spinnerbait to catch this Mattawoman barge beauty. Low water is a major bonus in most tidal tributaries and Mattawoman is no exception. Case Magic Stiks are hard to beat.
A day with a liberal makes for a long day--but an occasional bass can break that up. Ed Mench took a bunch of years off to work with his bird dog--and it was nice to share a boat with him again.
Tom Mills was all smiles after catching multiple bronze backs like this with guide, Joe Raymond. Joe Raymond shares another 21" river bass. He says he's seem more bass over 20 this year then any other year he can remember. Come share this wonderful experience!
Check out this heavy hitter Bronze Back double displayed by guide, Joe Raymond. LOU guide Jason Shay says the big smallies remain active and proves it with this nice Susqy 20.
   

Check out Nelson's newest article in LOU magazine: Fishing Deep Creek Lake with FLW Pro JT Kenney.

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