Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Week Ending September 4, 2022

Ken Penrod’s LOU Fishing Reports for 2022
Our 41sth Year!

Ken is enshrined in to: The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.

Angler Alerts, Fishing Advice & Conservation Concerns.

Week Ending September 4, 2022

Mailing Address @ 1860- Robin Court, Lusby, MD 20657
Ken’s Cell @ 240-447-2206 (best way) Facebook. Twitter: @ken_penrod. Instagram. LinkedIn
Professional Guide Since 1982—USCG Licensed
We Wrote “The Books” on Regional Fishing.
Licensed, Drug Tested, Commercially Insured, Time Tested.

Expert Fishing Instructors for:
Tidal Potomac River <> Upper Potomac River <> Susquehanna River
Juniata River <> Upper Bay <> Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers
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It’s Not Summer Boys, so don’t fish like it is.”
We are losing about a minute of daylight every day. Yep, dove and resident goose season is upon us and on Friday, Maryland archery season begins—but it’s still summer.
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **; <80; clear with algae; 1.3 at Point of Rocks rising a little to 2.5 by Thursday. I’ll get my postponed “Cast & Blast” trips in as soon as we get some water guys. Under 2-feet is just bumpy and restrictive but you can get some floats in as well as motorized adventures is you choose the right places and forget that run & gun stuff. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved but not like just 5 years ago. I like the drift from Brunswick to Lander but early morning is the truth—the rest is a test. You can also fish “down” a little and “up” a little more from Whites Ferry. Seneca “up” and Edwards “up” are OK too. When you can see every rock on the bottom, every living inhabitant can see you too—so stealth” is crucial. You can have the best equipment in the world but if you are noisy and splashy—you are a loser. Spool-up with 6-pound test Excel monofilament (to within 1/8th inch of the rim) and get a few Ardent medium action spinning rods and Bolt or C-Force reels. Fish current near calmed areas and present your offering so that they reach the fish from up current. Your trolling motor makes a lot of noise so don’t hesitate to drop an anchor and allow some noise-free time. Low water also creates competition between the fish so reaction bites are a good choice and I like Zora Spook; Obie Hard Hook buzzbaits; Rico poppers and frogs. Never, never fish warm water smallmouth waters without Case Magic Stiks and Case Magic Swims—and if you don’t have a good supply of Campground Tubes and 1/8th ounce RAB jig heads—shame on you. I can’t help you. TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: * to *** depending on lots of things; 80ish; lots of algae and sickly grass I took much of the summer off to retrofit our new home in Lusby, MD, and to make improvements to my lodge in Sinnemahoning, PA. I‘m taking books and reschedules as of now. Looks like a lot of people took the summer off also but for different reasons. I was at Slavins yesterday to deliver some guns and rods and there wasn’t a trailer in the parking lot. I have always like the District of Columbia water in the summer months and not just because it’s kinda of tournament-angler free. One of the Client Recognition awards we offer is called the “DC Slam” and the “DC GRAND SLAM.” The slam means you have caught a smallmouth, largemouth, catfish and rockfish on the same day. The Grand Slam is the same but must include either a walleye or a snakehead. On a high outgoing tide I’ll beat-feet for the rip rap from Anacostia to Bolling SFB and the rocks retaining the airport fill. Whopper Plopper in the AM—Case Magic Swim, Campground tubes, Big Mouth vibrating jigs and Zipper worms after. Looking for rockfish? Troll 6-8 foot crankbaits in the 1012 foot contour on the Washington Channel (Bomber 7-A; Rapala DT-6 Hot Mustard; Bandit in chartreuse on sexy shad. These lures work good on the bridge foundations but also do a drop-shot, white worms and grubs. To the south, I like Penrod Cove with Case Stiks; Smoot Bay points with Campground tubes; Belle Haven coves with grubs and Stiks and Hog Island with the Penrod spinnerbaits. Nearby Broad Creek barges, Ft Wahimngton Lighthouse and Green way Flats grass is a must. My best bet is Pomonkey Creek, Pohick Bay and Hallowing Cove creeks. The salt wedge is fairly high in the usually fresh-water Potomac but pretty strong Between Occoquan and Aquia Creek where vegetation is king—most of the time. Lots of snakehead opportunities here especially Mattawoman and Chickamuxen. Frogs and twisting, weightless, white worms do the deed. Just fish for largemouth—you will get your snake bites. I got out on the LOWER POTOMAC in the Piney Point area where we caught some rockfish and blues on plastic swim baits. <>
LOU Guides for 2022
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..
Captain Dave Kerrigan, VP of Smallmouth Operations @ 301-252-5322;

Captain Brian Barnes @ 302-745-4668,

Meet My/Our Partners.
The following are our sponsors and partners. Some are all encompassing within my group—and some are personal to the guide. All are valued.
RiverPro; Mercury; Lowrance Electronics; Ardent Outdoors; Big Mouth Lure Company; Yeti; Patagonia; Case Plastics; Kuiu; Simms Fishing; Costa; Power Pole; NRA; Zipper Worms; RAB Jig Heads; Campground Tubes; Riverfront Campground; AlumaRyder; (Dave Kerrigan); Guidefitters; NRA; Drake Waterfowl, Fishing Division; Maggie Penrod.
Ken Penrod Baitcasting Rods For Sale 7/7/22
Spinning Rods Soon.
Use Numbers Assigned for purchasing/discussion
$100 each—Reach Ken at 240-447-2206 or
Pick up at Ken’s Residence in Lusby, MD or meet if Possible
(1) Ardent Edge 6-6 MF
With Ardent C-Force 7;1
(2) Gator 6-6 M
With Shimano Curodo 200-ET
(3) Gator 6-6 M
With Ardent Grand 7.3:1
(4) Ardent Pro 7-4 MH
With Ardent Elite 6.5:1
(5) Gator 7-0 ML
With Shimano Curado CU-200 BSF
(6) Ardent Pro 7-6 M

(7) Gator 6-6 M
With Shimano Curado CU-200
(8) T. Allen 6-8 MHF
With Diawa Aggrest 100 HAS 7.3:1
(9) Gator 6-6 M
With Shimano Curado CU-200 BSF
(10) Ardent 7-0 M
With Shimano Croanarch SF 100SF
(11) Cabelas 6-0 M
With Quantum Burner 7.0:1