Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

62021: Fathers Day & Summertime

LOU Fishing Report for Week Ending Father’s Day; 62021
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY & Summertime.
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TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: *** South; *1.2: North; up & down but mid to high 70s; some color some places. Hydrilla rampage south
You had to be south this week but tournament anglers were as thick as the new crop of hydrilla. MLF (formerly FLW) commandeered the Potomac.
Have you ever heard of Jacupo Gallelli? He’s an Italian, with a heavy accent—and a “heavy” bag because he just won $100,000 in the Potomac River, MLF, Tackle Warehouse Tournament that included more than 170 top professional bass anglers. Know what else? He never won a tournament in the USA until today. His total weight for 4-days was 65.03 edging Michael Neal with 62.14. Two day leader Lawson Hibdon of the Guido/Dion blood line, ended in 7th with 59.05. NJ Local Adrian Avina finished 5th with 60.01.
The citizens of the Potomac River appreciate that this tournament only sent 25 boats onto the river Saturday—and ten on Sunday.
In WASHINGTON DC, I keep waiting for the fish to cooperate but it’s not been good since May. I”hid” from the tournament invasion in the WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE area Wednesday and my results were as if the fish hid from us. There is so much food right now that predators don’t need our plastic and metal much.
Between Greenway Flats and Aquia Creek, all you had to do last week is “look for the boats,” but that’s what a lot of anglers do anyway. It’s all about grass—and there is much more of that just under then surface. You can fish the edges, Over it when the tides are high or through it anytime. I like edges during lower water and you just can’t beat the Case Magic Stik, Case Magic Swim and and BIG Mouth “Penrod” spinnerbait.
When there is water over the veggies, the Buzzbait, Whopper Plopper or Case Magic Stik rigged to spin. The Big Shaky by Big Mouth Lure is deadly in most cases.
Its summertime guys so remember that water temps will be in the high 80 and90s which means fish eat more but they are oxygen deprived too. They can hold their breath about as long as you can. I know most of you are catch & release advocates so get “em in the boat quickly” and have that camera handy. Adopt the “60 Second Rule.” Do that same rule for launching and retrieving boats.
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *1/2; mid 70s to near 80 some days; slowly fall into 2.4 today (20th) and steady through Wednesday (23rd) acco9rding tom NWS at the Point of Rocks station.
The river is in grand shape although heating-up and algae growth is beginning. I preach to you every year about keeping river water from your mouth and open wounds. Surely you now have antiseptic wipes left over from the Covid fiasco.
It’s time to change your ardent reels to 6-pound test Excel monofilament in the green color. Wear a fingernail clipper, on a lanyard around your neck for quicker knot and lure changes.
The Piedmont launches are still “boatable” and wadeable-and floatable—so get out there and enjoy Maryland’s DNR forgotten river.
Start early and quit early (unless you have a cloudy or rainy day. You can cover a bunch of water quickly with a Whopper Plopper and bigger bass love them. Case Magic Stiks, Case Magic Swim, Campground tubes and square-bill crankbaits. When all else fails—try a grub.
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: **; mid 70s; some color some places; 3.8 at the Harrisburg gauge and 4.3 at Newport on the Juniata.
Still sufficient water for prudent boating and smallmouth are cooperating earl, late and all day when it’s cloudy or raining. The Whopper Plopper, Rico, Zara and buzzbaits will make you smile if you use them often and early.
It’s a good level for controlled floats so see Johnny at Riverfront Campground to arrange shuttle service—your boat or his.
LOU Guides for 2021
Captain Ken Penrod: (National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame) Cell: 240-447-2206;; Facebook; LinkedIn; Instagram, Twitter @ken_penrod.
Tidal Potomac; Upper Potomac; Susquehanna River; Juniata River; Maryland Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers; George Stevenson Reservoir and trout streams in Cameron County, PA-near Sinnamahoning..
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