Freshwater Fishing Reports

Freshwater Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, July 1 Update:

There was word of good snakehead action in the Transquaking this weekend, including a 33-incher for rarely-spotted University of Utah student/angler Max Rudow, plus a couple other 20-somethings hitting High Octane topwater frogs. We also heard from several anglers hitting the Blackwater who said it was a tough bite over the weekend and one to three fish was the norm. Casting Beetle Spins and a whopper plopper on the Marshyhope throughout this week produced many, many bass. Blue and channel catfish in the area were happy to be offered the Beetle Spin or chicken livers.

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Adam encountered this 5.5 pound largemouth while fishing in Ocean Pines.

Reservoir and pond anglers looking for bass have been enjoying a steady bite, and this week we heard of success from Prettyboy, St. Mary’s Lake, the Occoquan, Lake Anna, and Ocean Pines with fish topping the five-pound mark in the mix. Topwater success was reported early in the day, with spinnerbaits also getting a mention as effective. FishTalk correspondent and contributor Eric Packard reports largemouth bass biting strong in the reservoirs, with green jerkbaits and shad-colored square bills proving productive. Most fish this week were in four to six feet of water around stumps, lily pads, and grass beds.

Trout anglers are now finding summerish, low water conditions in many areas. Mossy Creek is reporting that the smallmouth bass fishing is still good with crayfish, hellgrammite, and baitfish patterns all working to fool the fish. We had a reader report from the Potomac in the DC area that catfish were biting as strong as ever and in a few hours of fishing a dozen blue cats to 15 pounds inhaled cut bunker.

June 3, 2022
Freshwater Fishing Report, June 23 Update: Bass are more active than usual for the time of year in freshwater locations, possibly because of the cool weather recently, providing tons of action for anglers hunting them. The morning and evening bites… Read more...
May 6, 2022
Freshwater Fishing Report, May 27 Update: Lakes and reservoirs are providing steady action through the region, as many species shift from spawning mode into fatten-back-up mode. Contributor Eric Packard headed north this past weekend and hit Lums… Read more...
April 1, 2022
Freshwater Fishing Report, April 29 Update: The region’s reservoirs continue to offer up a great bite with the spring warm-up, all across the board. Contributor Eric Packard hit Tridelphia Reservoir to enjoy some action on pike and bass before the… Read more...