Fishing the Patapsco In Ellicott City
Fishing the Patapsco River in Ellicott City with Waders, Howard County, MD
Dave, Jeb and I went fishing late Friday afternoon on the Patapsco.
In the course of two hours we caught in excess of 75 fish, probably a fish on every other cast. We used both minnows and tiny jigs (Cubbie Mini-Mites). Nothing big, but tons of action!
Jeb’s first-ever river smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu). Jeb may now be hooked, because a smallmouth on light action or ultra-light gear feels like a five-pound largemouth, and he caught several. I think river fish always fight stronger than pond and lake fish because they live in a current.
Dave in his preferred habitat.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Ragged Thoroughwort (Eupatorium pilosum).
Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium).
All kinds of plants were in flower along the thickly vegetated banks, and I could not help but to do some botanizing while working the in-stream “structure,” banks, rock outcrops, woody debris, undercuts, pools and overhanging vegetation for fish.
If you touch a jimsonweed flower bud you can initiate/hasten the unhooking and opening of the flower. Pollinators will line-up to get in.
Dave holding a red-eyed Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris).
Good form Jeb.
A Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) on a sneezeweed flower.
The non-native Beefsteak Plant, (Perilla frutescens).
Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), and the vine was everywhere along the banks.
Dock-Leaf Smartweed (Persicaria lapathifolia) aka Pale Smartweed.
Lots of Wingstem colored the banks.
Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).
Sneezeweed with a feeding Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus).
Now for lunch in historic Ellicott City, Howard County, MD.