Ken Penrod's Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Week Ending Mothers Day, 2023

Ken Penrod’s Fishing Reports

1997 National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame-Legendary Guide.
(Mailing Address) 1860 Robin Court, Lusby, MD 20657 <> 240-447-2206 <>
Fishing Report for Week Ending May 14, 2023
LOU Fish of the Week
Lady Bass: Amy, 18.5”
Lucian Romano, 18.75”
Michael Day, 18.75”
Crappie: Ken @ 16”
Ken Penrod 20-Inch Smallmouth Club
Sponsored by Ardent Outdoors and Riverfront Campground
Current leader is Jay George with 21.25” and 6lb, 1 oz
LOU Potomac River Largemouth Club
KP (2)
Lou Roman (3)
Michael Day (2)
Amy (2)
Dr Dave
Sponsored by Lowrance Electronics and Ardent Outdoors
HOT HOT HOT: Lures of the Week
Case Magic Stik in Ken’s Stik and Green Pumpkin/gold
Case Magic Swim on a 1/8th ounce RAB Swim Jighead
Big Mouth Spinnerbaits with Case Pintail trailer
Bomber Firetiger 7A
Tidal Potomac River: ***1/2; 70 degrees; tidal clear
I’ve been bitchin’ a bunch about a lack of action caused by the early April spawn—but I’m done. It’s back. They are munching good.
I’m surprised somewhat by the early (April) spawn but I also remember a March when it happened big time. Little by little over the past two weeks our productivity has increased and this week we posted 12 LoPos (Potomac River Smallmouth Club) entries that included one man, three clubbers; one man, two clubbers and one woman, two clubbers. This “contest” is sponsored by Lowrance Electronics and Ardent Outdoors. To qualify a paid client must catch a tidal Potomac bass measuring 18 inches or better. The longest bass of the year wins a Lowrance Elite 7” sonar/GPS unit. Other qualifiers get a “draw” to win an Arent rod and reel must like Ken Uses. Last year Dr Dave was the overall winner.
See my Hot Hot Hot above for favored luires and you are silly for not getting a bunch of those Case Magic Stiks ( and feel free to use my discount: KenP20
I Texas rig the Stik on a 3/0 worm hook (no weight), tie it on 8 pound test, green Excel monofilament (Bass Pro) spooled on an Ardent C-Force spinning reel and attached to an Ardent spinning rod. Be patient, be slow and keep your line “taunt.”
From Washington DC to Aquia Creek the story is the same. Find vegetation, wood, rocks or docks and do your thing.
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; mid 60s; clearing; 3.8 at Point of Rocks
After a lot of ups and downs the river is finally settling down and that’s good for you. The level still demands respect so small craft operators must be prudent because if you are going to be dumb—you better be tough.
Good Piedmont Area launch sites include Lander; Point of Rocks; Whites Ferry, Edwards Ferry and Seneca will put you in good areas where you will look for rocky clover near current breaks
It’s post-spawn now so the bass will “chase” and I suggest Case Magic Swims on RAB swim jig; Big Mouth Big Shakey; square bill cranks and of course—Campground tubes in the KP Series.
Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers—PA: ***; mid 60s;some color;
Zak Marinkov (717-507-5053) is a local angler with tremendous experience on the Susquehanna River and is a school teacher by trade—so you get experience and teaching bonus with Zak. I swore I wasn’t going g to train any more competition but here goes.
Zak will provide summer half-day trips (Early Bird or After Work” for $350 plus expense per outing and will even split his day to do early and late for the same party ($500 plus expense) when possible. Reach
Susqy smallmouth are in summer pattern and eating spinnerbakits, topwater lures some days and of course, the stand-bys: Case Magic Stiks and Campground tubes,
contact Zak directly or contact me at 240-447-2206.
United States Coast Guard Licensed Captains
Captain Ken Penrod (Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Legendary Guide)
Susquehanna River, Juniata River, Tidal Potomac River, Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers;
Upper Potomac River; Stevenson Dam; Cameron County trout
Captain Dave Kerrigan, VP (301-252-5322)
Susquehanna River, Juniata River, Upper Potomac River, Tidal Potomac River
Captain Brian Barnes (302-745-4668)
Upper Chesapeake Bay, Tidal Potomac River, Nanticoke River, Choptank River, Wicomico River, Pocomoke River
Zak Marinkov (717-507-5053)-=-Susquehanna & Juniata Rivers


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