Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Ending October 16, 2022

Ken Penrod’s LOU Fishing Reports for 2022
October 16, 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 October 9, 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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Largemouth: Nile
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Susquehanna @ Harrisburg: 3.8 slowly falling, clear, mid 60s
Juniata @ Newport: 3.7 and steady. Clear, mid 60s
Point of Rocks on Potomac: 1.6 and steady, under 70 degrees
Paw Paw: 3.7 feet steady, low 60s
TIDAL POTOMAC: *** for largemouth; *** for catfish; ** for rockfish; ** for snakeheads
The river is in good shape but for dead, floating grass in some tribs—and the chilling water has largemouth bass much more aggressive than when food is plentiful. This recent full moon caused some mighty tides, both ways, but moving water is way better than dormant flows. In the south you can see the gulls working striper schools and it’s a fun game to keep up and keep them on. I’m recommending Ardent Edge baitcasting rods, Summit reels and 12 pound test Excel mono to sling pearl Case Magic Swims, Big Mouth white Big Shakeys with a Case trailer; white flukes on an under-chin rig. If you are just bass fishing—keep one rod rigged like this just in case.
In DC, it’s game-on for all three bass. The Washington Channel, railroad bridge and Blue Plains has quality striped ones (Case Magic Swims); Navy-side rip rap and Airport rocks have smallmouth (Campground tubes, Big Mouth spinnerbaits, Case Magic Stiks) and Channel and Key Bridge holds Largemouth (Big Shakey, Penrod spinnerbait, tubes and Bomber firetiger crankbaits.
The I-95 Bridge sector is all about crankbaits for us. The Penrod concrete, Rosealee barges, Smoot Bay points and Hog Island are best but I believe you could circle Smoot Bay and be in bass all day. A 13 year old “Birthday Boy” had a banner outing on an otherwise tough day and boated two LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club honors, one of which was also the “LOU Fish of the Week” at 6 pounds, eleven ounces.
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *1/2; very clear, very low, very difficult boating.
The level is only 1.2 feet at Point of Rocks and the water has that “black” look to it as chilling temps kill off the algae. It’s tough here under these conditions but smallmouth will eat if you can get to them. Whites Ferry and Lander has enough water for you to “putt” around in.
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: both rivers are holding at about 3,7 at Newport and Harrisburg, which is low and bumpy but doable.
I’m guessing the water temp could get to the 50s this week and that really jump-starts the bass panic. Spinnerbaits, Case Stiks, Campground tubes and shallow-dive crankbaits do the deed.
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,

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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.
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Guided Trips
Susquehanna River in PA mid-March-May ($500)
Tidal Potomac River March through November ($500)
Upper Potomac River (500)
Upper Chesapeake Bay (500)
Eastern Shore tidal rivers: (500)
Trips are for one or two persons. Catch and release; lost lures and broken rods not included; only we can change the date once booked; $200 non nonrefundable deposit required; no drugs no alcohol. We reserve the right to move the trip to a different water if conditions warrant.