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Miss this giant. He was bass fishing and his wife is everyone’s friend. He invited me to his ranch to hunt turkey. I kick my ass every day for not joining him.
Jerry McKinnis was another giant and I was fortunate to do a Potomac River TV show with him on the Potomac. He loved to say; “Forrest Wood and I own 200 miles of shoreline along the White River.”
After a stall, he would add; “I have one mile-Forrest has the rest.”
Photo of the month by Mommy!
LOU Fishing Report for Week Ending Father’s Day; 62021
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY & Summertime.
Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell @ 240-447-2206 (Best Way). Kenpenrod@comcast.net
PLEASE—never communicate with me via Messenger. NEVER
WWW.penrodsguides.com; NEWLY constructed with lots of information. See the “About”, then “Galley” section for photos and “Programs” for club and youth camp information.
“See our Facebook Pages for Fishing Reports too. 
First-Hand Reporting Since 1982—NOT part-time guess work.
Professional Guides Since 1982
Ken 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
Visit our other Facebook Pages below:
Notes: Our fishing reports and client photos will be posted to Ken’s Facebook Page, “Life Outdoors Unlimited” and our website, www.penrodsguides.com.
 “Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited” (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) 
 Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan. 
Sponsored by Ardent & Riverfront Campground.
LOU Lo-Po Club at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Lo-Po-Potomac-River-Largemouth-Club-1107431399330003/
Sponsored by Lowrance & Ardent.
LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/
Camp Sycamore at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/
REMEMBER—We have eliminated our land-line phone so contact should be at 240-447-2206 or kenpenrodjr@gmail.com & kenpenrod@comcast.net
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LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club
Sponsored by Lowrance Electronics & Ardent Outdoors
Clayton Payne; 18.25”
Rob Spreeman: 18”
Bill Smith: 18.25”
Steve Kashmetski; 18.25”
Current Leader: John Ennis 19.75”
Ken Penrod 20-Inch Smallmouth Club
Sponsored by Ardent Outdoors and Riverfront Campground
Current Leader: Bill Nearhoff, 20.25”
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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.
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LOU Guides for 2021
Captain Ken Penrod:  (National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame) Cell: 240-447-2206; kenpenrod@comcast.com; 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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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.
LOU Fishing Report for Week Ending 6131
Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell @ 240-447-2206 (Best Way). Kenpenrod@comcast.net
PLEASE—never communicate with me via Messenger. NEVER
WWW.penrodsguides.com; NEWLY constructed with lots of information. See the “About”, then “Galley” section for photos and “Programs” for club and youth camp information.
“See our Facebook Pages for Fishing Reports too. 
First-Hand Reporting Since 1982—NOT part-time guess work.
Professional Guides Since 1982
Ken 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
Visit our other Facebook Pages below:
Notes: Our fishing reports and client photos will be posted to Ken’s Facebook Page, “Life Outdoors Unlimited” and our website, www.penrodsguides.com.
 “Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited” (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) 
 Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan. 
Sponsored by Ardent & Riverfront Campground.
LOU Lo-Po Club at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Lo-Po-Potomac-River-Largemouth-Club-1107431399330003/
Sponsored by Lowrance & Ardent.
LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/
Camp Sycamore at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/
REMEMBER—We have eliminated our land-line phone so contact should be at 240-447-2206 or kenpenrodjr@gmail.com & kenpenrod@comcast.net
I’m pretty tired of this cicada thing!!
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LOU FISH OF THE WEEK
Largemouth: Mike Jane
LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club
Sponsored by Lowrance Electronics & Ardent Outdoors
Current Leader: John Ennis, 19.75”
Ken Penrod 20-Inch Smallmouth Club
Sponsored by Ardent Outdoors and Riverfront Campground
Current Leader: Bill Nearhoff, 20.25”
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CONGRADULATIONS to Hank Cherry for winning the 2021 Bassmasters Classic, Cudos to local Ed Loughran (rememvber his as he guided  for Bill Kramer for a few years) for a strong finish. It just isn’t the same without the big-guns that moved on to other opportunities but it does open it up for so many other rising stars. Just wish they would ban that “throw-them-on-the-rug” landing techniques. Major League Fishing is way ahead on so many issues. Did you see Hank get out of his boat on his victory drive around the stadium and hug that little downe syndrome boy? 
TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; mid 80s; trib color and more coming.
There is sooo much food for these post spawn bass so trying to get them to eat our imposter offerings is challenging—and, just as expected, the hydrilla is growing like a weed (lol) and offering massive new quantities of habitat. Still, like I always tell you, “find the food and you have found the bass.” New problem: getting well-fed bass to eat your lures. I’ll “circle” back to that.
In the Washington DC area, some stained water and debris made its way into the tidal sector as the upper Potomac FINALLY got some rain. No harm though, and actually helpful. Above Key Bridge, it was not a place to be as police and firemen searched for missing swimmers that didn’t result well. The VA side of Roosevelt Island is providing some excellent fishing for both smallmouth and largemouth. It’s “skinny” water with ledges so be cautious. 
There is abundant rock-lined shorelines on both sides of the river and some is seldom-ever fished. I will not be specific but tie on a Rapala DT66 in Hot Mustard or a Case Magic Swim on an “under-chin” and “search.” 
The railroad bridge foundations are (BOTR) where Campground tubes in the KP Series on an RAB jig head—or a Case Hellgrammite on a #1 circle hook with 1/8th ounce bullet. Well-fed fish will react to intimidations so ALWAYS have a 7-A Bomber Firetiger tied-on to an Ardent Edge Baitcaster with 12-#test Excel on an Ardent C-Force or Summit Hawk reel. 
From inside the Anacostia River to downriver Bolling Airforce Base you will find a shoreline completely “stoned” and three old (unseen” pier locations. Watvh your Lowrance as you move along (anti-flow) and in the deep0er areas use that crankbaits; in the moderate depths, use a Big Mouth Big Shaky or “Penrod spinnerbait” and always, always use the Campground tube and Case Magic Stik.
The Blue Plains sewage treatment plant is and always will be a fish-attractor or a death trap—but check it out. The long dock and her pilings are challenging, but worth it.
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE area, my favorite area for more reason than explainable, is one of those aquatic-rich environs that is either threatened or enhanced by population growth, now, and years ago, and there is more man made habitat than anywhere-else on the Potomac. My plan to install Woodrow Wilson Bridge deck-concrete into a nearby cove known as The Spoils or preferably, Penrod-Cove was a masterpiece. Nine million pounds of concrete from the 1983 bridge deck was cut into large slabs and barged into the cove where Ken specifically pointed to preferred locations including two islands and a jetty that protects the cove from nasty river stuff including Blue Plains sewage intrusions. Ken was recognized by BASS Federation as “Man of the Year,” “Federation of the Year” and Izaak Walton Chesapeake Bay Conservation Award.”  
Fox Ferry point collects as many fat bass as it does outboard motor lower units so “pick your time,” It’s a 1950s pier where gravel operations staged excavated gravel from areas now known as Oxen Run, Penrod Cove, Smoot Bay.
Wait until you can see the tips of the pilings and even the rocks, before fishing here. There is deeper water either side of the 60-yard pier that goes directly toward Alexandria, I keep my boat pointed into the current no matter the tide. Firetiger crankbaits, weighed Case Magic Stiks, Big Mouth jigs and Case Magic Swims.
In Penro0d Cove, just look! It’s all fishy. The concrete with cranks and tubes. The coves with BML spinnerbaits and Case Magic Stiks.
Between Penrod Cove and the NEW WW Bridge, look to the old gravel-barge graveyard on the left. New foundations are starting to pay off-but find the remnants of the old bridge with you Lowrance.
SMOOT BAY is up to you and none of it is bad. Bottom Sculpted by the Smoot family, it is now a highly developed location with the likes of MGM and the Ferris wheel that NO-ONE will go on-it with me. MDR in their expected-ignorance decided to install a “fish habitat” made of wood and weights. There is NO area more habitat-rich than Smoot Bay. None. Oh Well.
You are on your own here because anything I would point you to would be unfair to my clients and the fish. Great drop-offs all around the perimeter where crankbaits do well. A shoal with much vegetation-history is now barren and I suspect vegetable poisoning. Docks galore. 
In the BELLE HAVEN MARINA vicinity, more gravel pits and a National Park Service wet dream to reclaim that land for “wetland” to appease bird-watchers.By the way, I have two “FAVORITE” launch sites on the entire Potomac and Belle Haven Marina is one of them. Those “Park Service” endangered coves are natural fish nurseries and again, sculpted by gravel op0erations of years gone by. Downriver a bit is Charlies Cove (read my book) and Hog Island, another barge graveyard—and one of the best habitats between DC and AQUIA.  
To the SOUTH, Bulltown Cove, Pohick Bay, Pomonkey Creek, Mattawoman and Chickamuxen have “grassy” and wood bass but rather scattered. That Big Mouth Spinnerbait, the “Penrod” as well as the perch Big Shakey are good fish finders. The Case Magic Stik is top-of-the-chart for results though
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **; 80ish; 3.7 at Point of Rocks, down from almost 5-feet Frida, and dropping slowly; stained, actually, muddy; 
Topsy-turvy this week with the weather, rise and color but none of these factors is really bad. There just isn’t the populations of smallmouth bass from even a few years ago. In most any other state, fisheries managers would be scrambling to help restore this situation but MD DNR is simply disinterested. Remember this when elections come around. Larry Hogan isn’t our friend when it comes to natural resource. 
Those Piedmont launch sites, Brunswick, Lander, Point of Rocks, Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry are my choices but there is a hundred miles of river above that too.
Topwater lures in the AM, and Whopper Plopper or Big Mouth buzzbait is the ticket. During the early and late hours but that Case Lil Magic Swim on an RAB swim bait jg head is deadly and helps eliminate water. Campground tubes in the KP Series on 1/8th ounce RAB jigs heads is as reliable as eggs-for-breakfast. Bass are related to ledges but will get shallow in the wee hours,
Its time to change to 6-pound test and I totally rely on Bass Pro’s Excel in the green color. Ardent spinning rods and reels are made for us ordinary folk so get you some. Those 400-1000 combos are ego trips. Only YOU, can make YOU a better angler. Same goes for all those lures you seen TV guys catching fish on. 
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: **; 80ish; 4.5 and steady at the Harrisburg station—and that’s GOOd for June.
It’s summer pattern and it’s even boat-floats or wading time if you are prudent and anxious. Johnny Cunningham of Riverfront Camoground, located at 9 Nrwport Road, Duncannon, PA-where the Juniata meets the Susquehanna, is Top-Cat when it comes to boat rentals, shuttled adventures, campsites, superbly stocked fishing items and plain-ol’-good guy. Reach him at 717-877-2704 but not at 5ish. That’s happy hour time.
My best advice is get on the water at dawn if you want your best chances but cloudy days extend your stay and increase your productivity when the barometer is under 30. Clear sky days are troublesome for so many reasons. Bass are scattered but chasing. Topwater strikes are awesome and that Case Magic Stik and Magic Swim (plastic swim bait) must be in your arsenal. Crankbaits, especially the 2-4 foot divers in crawfish are a must.
In the upper reaches of the Susquehanna drainage, particularly Sinnemahoning Creek and Stevenson Dam—where we conduct our annual summer youth cam for boys 12-18 from our lodge in Sinnamahoning.
Like any of the Susquehanna contributors, these waters got their butt kicked too during record floods of 2018 and record drought of 2020—NOT TO MENTION the infamous train-wreck that dumped thousands of gallons of fish-killing chemicals into the Sinnamahoning Creek contributors in the Emporium area. By the way, PFBC received about 6-MILLION and PDE another 7-MILLION in punitive damage—AND I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE DIME SPENT ON THE REAL PROBLEM.
Still, Lots of trout in so many streams near our lodge and we always do pretty well on the Stevenson Dam
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LOU Guides for 2021
Captain Ken Penrod:  (National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame) Cell: 240-447-2206; kenpenrod@comcast.com; 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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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.
LOU Fishing Report for Week Ending 6621
Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell @ 240-447-2206 (Best Way). Kenpenrod@comcast.net
PLEASE—never communicate with me via Messenger. NEVER
WWW.penrodsguides.com; NEWLY constructed with lots of information. See the “About”, then “Galley” section for photos and “Programs” for club and youth camp information.
“See our Facebook Pages for Fishing Reports too. 
First-Hand Reporting Since 1982—NOT part-time guess work.
Professional Guides Since 1982
Ken 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
Visit our other Facebook Pages below:
Notes: Our fishing reports and client photos will be posted to Ken’s Facebook Page, “Life Outdoors Unlimited” and our website, www.penrodsguides.com.
 “Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited” (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) 
 Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan. 
Sponsored by Ardent & Riverfront Campground.
LOU Lo-Po Club at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Lo-Po-Potomac-River-Largemouth-Club-1107431399330003/
Sponsored by Lowrance & Ardent.
LOU Magazine at: https://www.facebook.com/LOU-Magazine-942855415798908/
Camp Sycamore at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Camp-Sycamore-215146332155566/
REMEMBER—We have eliminated our land-line phone so contact should be at 240-447-2206 or kenpenrodjr@gmail.com & kenpenrod@comcast.net
I’m pretty tired of this cicada thing!!
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I didn’t fish this week as other pressing issues required my time and presence but on Saturday my brother in law and I launched at the Solomon’s bridge on the Patuxent and fished swim baits for trout, blues and rockfish. The highlight was Kirk hooked a big-ol’-skate and lost that tug-of-war. Weekend traffic was a “bear” and I cannot get over the ignorance of some at the launch. Hel/l, I thought I was at Belle Haven on a holiday. Hey Bubba—the launch pad is for LAUNCHUING, not prepping your boat or parking there to use the restroom!!  
LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club
Sponsored by Lowrance Electronics & Ardent Outdoors
Current Leader: John Ennis, 19.75”
Ken Penrod 20-Inch Smallmouth Club
Sponsored by Ardent Outdoors and Riverfront Campground
Current Leader: Bill Nearhoff, 20.25”
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Have you noticed that weather forecasters are almost as reliable as Dr. Fauci? In my profession, accurate weather predictions are extremely import to decision making as to launch site and client safety. Yesterday (Friday 4th) I did an experiment. I monitored WeatherBug, Weather Channel & AccuWeather. The TV “guessers” were spouting doom and gloom with tornadoes and severe storms the theme. WeatherBug was pretty accurate and AccuWeather was “WAY” off. WeatherChannel was half-right. I actually thing that accuracy could improve greatly if they had windows in their offices.
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TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; mid-70s; some color
Pretty good news from DC to Aquia with plenty of sun, reasonable temperature and some saturation. Pretty much postspawn now with summer pattern dominating the behavior. Bass are munching on bass fry, herring and other pods of various YOY. Topwater lures such as Whopper Plopper, buzz baits and Rico-style poppers compliment, even enhance other lure endeavors such as Case Maguc stiks and Campground tubes. The ever reliable Big Mouth vibrating jig called the Big Shakey should always occupy one of you Ardent baitcasting rod/reel. I like to Big Mouth swim jig on braid so I can cast deep into spatterdock fields to root-out sassy bass and snakeheads.
In Washington DC, bridge foundations, particularly the railroad crossing and Key Bridge, is holding smallmouth and stripers. Rip rap shorelines along the airport and naval base shores is crankbait heaven and I like the KVD 2/5, Rapala DT-4, Firetigaer 7A and Bandit. A Case Magic Swim on an RAD jighead is deadloy but some days a tail dipped in chartreuse Spike It makes a difference. 
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge sector can be fickle during warm weather but mostly because of the mass of available baitfish—so attack Penrod Cove and Smoot Bay with crankbaits to drawn aggravation-strikes.
There isn’t much grass in this sector—YET, but when the hydrilla gains momentum, my observation will be unwarranted. 
Between Piscataway and Pomonkey, there are lots of options including the Lighthouse drop-offs, Bulltown Cove, Pohick Bay and Pomonkey—in and out. The “Penrod” spinnerbait by Big Mouth Lure Company-the green pumpkin Case Magic Stik and flukes seem favored.
I like my chances in Mattawoman and Chickamuxen too especially the spatterdock in the “6-MPH” zones.
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *1/2; high 70s; 2-feet at the Point of Rocks station and holding steady. The color is too clear but educational.
I like the Piedmont region launch sites such as Lander, Brunswick, Edwards Ferry and Whited Ferry (in that order).  “Two feet” is low—but not “too low” if you read the water and refrain from dog stupd stuff.
If you haven’t purchased any of the Whopper Plopper or Berkley copy-cat surface lures—shame on you. Cast it on either style rod/reel but I prefer Ardent medium action spinning rods armed with an Ardent C-Force reel and 10# test Excel monofilament in the green color. Topwater lyres work best during low light conditions and smallmouth bass eat better then too, Get on early and off early. I like 6-11. Clear sky, sunny days are intolerable 90% of the time.
Campground tubes in smoke/purple, KP Purple; KP Candy and KP V8—attached to 1/8th ounce RAB jigheads (Call Johnny Cunningham at 717-877-2704 tom order your tubes and jig heads with a credit card.
Case Magic Stiks either Wacky rigged or Texposed is hard to beat. Find www.fishigcompleteinc.com and click on Case. You may use my discount code (KenP20),
Focus on off shore habitat like submersed ledges and deeper chunk rock. 
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: **; 70s; pretty clear; 4.4 at the Harrisburg station with a few-inch bump by Tuesday. On the Juniata, it’s 4.4 at Newport and falling slowly.
The water levels aren’t hazardous, yet, and if you are prudent and choose launch sites wisely—you should do ok on smallmouth bass with Big Mouth spinnerbaits, Big Mouth’s Big Shakys and some of the better topwater lures such as Whopper Plopper and Rico popper. The sun is your enemy during warm weather and clear-sky days. Dawn till 11 is best but you can root-out some sunny day bass with crankbaits and Campground tubes.
You can always rent-a-boat from Riverside Campground in Duncannon and Johnny will shuttle you upriver to “float” back. Johnny Cunningham’s Riverfront Campground (9 Newport Road, Duncannon, PA) is a very popular campground and his “store” has most of the lures we tout including Campground Special Tubes, RAB Jig Heads, Big Mouth spinnerbaits and much more. 717-877-2704.
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Drake Waterfowl Company is expanding into the fishing community and I am proud to hook my reins to this fine firm (www.drakewaterfowl.com) a national leader of the waterfowl industry and deer-turkey hunting—they are sure to make an impact with the fishermen of the USA. 
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LOU Guides for 2021
Captain Ken Penrod:  (National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame) Cell: 240-447-2206; kenpenrod@comcast.com; 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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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.
LOU Fishing Report for Week Ending 53021; FLOWER MOON
Mailing Address: 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
Cell @ 240-447-2206 (Best Way). Kenpenrod@comcast.net
PLEASE—never communicate with me via Messenger. NEVER
WWW.penrodsguides.com; NEWLY constructed with lots of information. See the “About”, then “Galley” section for photos and “Programs” for club and youth camp information.
“See our Facebook Pages for Fishing Reports too. 
First-Hand Reporting Since 1982—NOT part-time guess work.
Professional Guides Since 1982
Ken 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
Visit our other Facebook Pages below:
Notes: Our fishing reports and client photos will be posted to Ken’s Facebook Page, “Life Outdoors Unlimited” and our website, www.penrodsguides.com.
 “Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited” (https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrods-Life-Outdoors-Unlimited-1436799496550830/) 
 Ken Penrod’s 20-Inch Smallmouth Club members at: https://www.facebook.com/Ken-Penrod-20-Smallmouth-Club-214057305623741/?notif_t=page_fan. 
Sponsored by Ardent & Riverfront Campground.
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Remember the men that gave their lives for us so that we can fish and enjoy the great outdoors. Some gave all.
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LOU FISH OF THE WEEK:
Largemouth: John Ennis
Toothy Critter: Richard Ennis
LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club (LoPo)
(Sponsored by Lowrance Electronics and Ardent Outdoors)
Current Leader is John Ennis with 19.75”
Ed Tracey
Jay George
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Lucian Romano
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John Ennis (4)
Richard Ennis (2)
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A really good week with funky tides, mix of sun and clouds with just a hint of rain, then bunch of rain primarily in the afternoon—except Saturday, when the Northeaster moved in and dumped lots of wind swept rain-and air temperature. Between Friday and Saturday, there was 40 degree difference in high temp.
As promised, the full moon (Flower Moon) triggered a pretty good spawn, the third of the year but I worry that the “front” may cause nest abandonment.
TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER: ***; clear with stain coming; mid-70s 
Periods before, during and after full moons always affect fishing especially in tidal water and during spawn periods. This past week was very typical as water temperatures hovered in the mid-70s females deposited her eggs and the guys did their thing. There’s plenty to eat as the herring run is ongoing. Full moons cause extreme tidal flows too.
The Washington DC area isn’t “smoking;” yet but catch some smallmouth from bridge foundations and rip rap shore on Campground tubes or Whopper Ploppers and find some nice largemouth in Pentagon Lagoon and back end of the Washington Channel. 
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge area remains consistent with plenty of bass in Penrod Cove, old barge graves, points and bays. You can’t beat the Case Magic Stik on a 3/0 hook on 8# mono. Belle Haven coves, nearby Broad Creek and Hog Island are good stops.
Piscataway to Pomonkey is a lot of water and a lot of stops bur well worth the effort. Big Mouth spinnerbaits and vibrating jigs are good choices. Greenway Flats, south shore wood in Pohick Bay and pads inside Pomonkey are suggested.
Occoquan to Aquiais red-hot so find grass with your Lowrance and stake out an area. Hard to beat Magic Stiks but Carolina rigged lizards are still great tools. 
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: *; high 70s; clear but coloring; 2.3 feet at Point of Rock and holding. 
No great shakes but you can catch a few bass on tunes and Magic Swims by Case at most of the Piedmont region launch sites.
SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS: **; high 70s, bit of color; 4.4 at Harrisburg with a bump to 5-feet by Tuesday.
You will have some more water later this week and that’s good for reaching areas that hold spinnerbait-eating smallmouth bass. It’s topwater time too guys so break out those whopper ploppers and Ricos. Add a Case Magic Swim to a Riverfront Campground swim jig to cover water and search-out post spawn bass.
Don’t forget that Johnny Cunningham of Riverfront Campground offers boat rentals and shuttle service. Reach Johnny at 717-877-2704.
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LOU Guides for 2020
Captain Ken Penrod:  (National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame) Cell: 240-447-2206; kenpenrod@comcast.com; 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; Maggie Penrod.
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