Fishing spots aplenty

July 19, 2011|By MARK KELLER |

The Potomac River serves as the southern border to all of Washington County, making it an obvious outlet on which anglers can try their luck.

But there are a number of other places in the county where one can fish, ranging from small creeks to large lakes. And there is a wide variety of fish to be had.

Here is a list of some of the lesser-known fishing spots in Washington County, what baits you should use and what you can expect to catch, according to

Mount Aetna Creek: About 2 1/2 miles up Mount Aetna Road from Robinwood Professional Center, fishermen will find largemouth bass, white bass and sucker. Use worms to catch the suckers, grubs for the white bass and crayfish for the largemouth bass.

Dog Creek: The best time to fish this small creek about 3 miles southwest of Boonsboro is between 6 and 9 a.m. Rock bass, northern pike and redbreast sunfish are in this creek and the water is good for fly fishing or traditional rod and reel. The pike will like it if you use crickets for bait.

Smithsburg Reservoir: Carp, white bass and crappie can all be found at the reservoir just outside of Cavetown, and all can be had with traditional baitcasting. The bass and carp will go for grubs, and you can use wax worms to hook crappies.

Marsh Run (West Branch): This part of Marsh Run in the Paramount area is a great spot for sunfish, yellow bass and trout. Try your hand at fly fishing in this area, or use minnows to hook a few steelhead trout.

Saint James Run: This small stream near Fairplay provides good early-morning fishing. It’s another great place to catch sunfish, but you can also find pickerel and yellow perch. All can be had with simple worms and a traditional rod and reel.

Landis Spring Branch: Just north of Cool Hollow Road off Alt. U.S. 40, fishermen can find a wide variety of fish, including pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike. The best baits for this spot include tadpoles and minnows.

Little Antietam Creek: Nestled between Leitersburg Pike and Little Antietam Road near Leitersburg is an outstanding place to catch bighead carp and white perch. Do some fly fishing here, or use small worms or crickets to hook some perch.

If you like to stay on the Potomac River, there are numerous spots where fishermen can find a place to spend a day, whether fishing from the banks, wading in a few feet or using a canoe or boat.

Traditional spots like Dams No. 4 and 5, the Williamsport Power Plant Dam, Riverbottom Park in Williamsport, or Snyder’s Landing and Taylor’s Landing near Sharpsburg still provide anglers plenty of challenge and plenty of chance for success.

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