Fishing the Patapsco In Ellicott City

Fishing the Patapsco River in Ellicott City with Waders, Howard County, MD

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Dave, Jeb and I went fishing late Friday afternoon on the Patapsco.

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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!

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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.

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Dave in his preferred habitat.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Ragged Thoroughwort (Eupatorium pilosum).

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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.

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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.

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Dave holding a red-eyed Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris).

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Good form Jeb.

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A Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) on a sneezeweed flower.

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The non-native Beefsteak Plant, (Perilla frutescens).

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Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), and the vine was everywhere along the banks.

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Dock-Leaf Smartweed (Persicaria lapathifolia) aka Pale Smartweed.

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Lots of Wingstem colored the banks.

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Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).

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Sneezeweed with a feeding Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus).

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Blue Vervain.

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Now for lunch in historic Ellicott City, Howard County, MD.

 

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