'Fishing the Upper Bay with Karl Bunch',
myself and my co-angler Craig Eddy
are going to reveal to you where the
local upper Bay fisherman can go to
enjoy or sharpen their deep clear-water,
non-tidal fishing skills.
destination is known as either Conowingo
Lake or Conowingo Reservoir and
for this article we will refer to
it as Conowingo Lake.-The Lake is
basically created by the Conowingo
Dam on Route 1, which spans across
the Susquehanna River, the area
known as Conowingo Lake is North
of the Dam.
day of fishing started at 5:00am
out of Glen Cove Marina. Craig fired
up the Johnson 225 hp on his Ranger
492 boat and we headed south towards
the Dam for our first stop of the
day on the Harford County side of
the lake to fish a point just above
the Dam known as Warning Sign-Point.
This is appropriately named as this
sign warns you of the Dam just below
it. We then used the Garmin GPS
map 168 sounder to position ourselves
where we wanted to be on the point.
Craig opted to fish the point with
a small black & blue Bitsy Bug
Jig which produced our one keeper
12",1/2-inch smallmouth fish
off of the point. I fished the point
with a Glamour Shad 1/4 ounce white
& chartreuse painted blade spinnerbait
with Carolina Lunker Sauce applied.
From the point we worked our way
into a small cove off the point.
Craig lost a nice size fish in the
cove and we both caught several
more bass under 12 inches. Once
in the cove the sunfish were biting
the spinnerbait very aggressively.
Though not bass, they can be a lot
of fun to catch and help to keep
the trip fun if you are taking a
kid fishing with you.
our second stop of the day we headed
across the lake to an area known
as Funks Pond or Funks Run. You
must navigate slowly with your trolling
motor and stay low to pass under
the railroad bridge to enter Funks
Pond. Before passing under the railroad
bridge we fished the area outside
of the bridge on the main lake with
jigs, crankbaits & spinnerbaits
but we could not get a 12"
keeper. Once again a lot of sunfish
were caught on the spinnerbait.
We then headed under the bridge
into funks pond at 7:48am. To our
amazement there were numerous laydowns
across the small channel leading
into Funks Pond but we finally maneuvered
the Ranger thru and over them to
get into the pond, but once again
we could not catch a 12" keeper
bass in this area.
at this point our bass fisherman
pride was a little hurt but we headed
out of the pond at 8:50am and fished
the shore line north above Funks
Pond. My co-host, Craig hooked a
nice smallmouth and for a very few
seconds we started to feel our fishermen's
pride start to heal until the smallmouth
broke off his jig and then we both
felt like someone had just thrown
salt on our wounded fishermen's
pride. We quickly retied and continued
up the shoreline. Then at 9:10am
just what the captain ordered! I
caught a nice 13" 1/2 inch
largemouth on a 200 series Bandit
Rootbeer/Chartreuse crankbait using
10 pound Platinum Green IZORLINE.
Needless to say, this fish was coming
in the boat. The fish was holding
tight on some wood on the shore.
Now we-felt like we were-King of
the lake until 9:20am when Craig
hooked another nice smallmouth on
the jig but the smallmouth quickly
showed us who was King of the lake
when he got off and now Craig asks
if he can use some of my Carolina
We quickly fired up the Johnson
outboard and decided to head the
Ranger to the mouth of Broad Creek
for our next stop. By now it was
11:12am and we were determined to
put our third keeper in the livewell.
Once again the sunfish kept me busy
as they just could not resist the
new Glamour Shad 1/4 ounce White/Chartreuse
painted blade spinnerbait and I
was fishing it on 12 pound Platinum
Green IZORLINE. We headed towards
the back of Broad Creek but about
half way back into the creek it
was very tough navigating thru the
log jams so we turned around and
then right in the bend of the creek
was some rocks and wood laydowns
on the shore and Craig hooked a
nice largemouth on the jig and in
the boat this one came.-We both
decided to leave Broad Creek while
we still had smiles on our faces.
decided to head back south to our
first stop at the Warning Sign Point
where Craig was able to catch our
fourth keeper of the day on the
black & blue Bitsy Bug Jig.
This is where we decided to end
the day at 12:45pm in the afternoon
with four fish for a total weight
of 7.05 pounds of fish for the day.
One thing to keep in mind is that
water flow at the Dam can be critical
to your success. I have a saying
about Conowingo Lake -at the end
of the day you will either leave
with a smile on your face or tears
in your eyes.
lake is very rich in history. Many
years ago, two miles upstream from
the Conowingo Dam during the Civil
War there was a long wooden covered
bridge that provided an important
link between Maryland and the states
north. If you-look very closely
you can see in the landscape the
points where it was years ago. While
we did not have time on this trip
to fish this spot on the Maryland,
Harford County side. if you use
you your depth finder and look closely
you can find some of the old bridge
pilings leading out from the shore.
I have fished this spot in the past
and had very good success.
The launch site for this trip was
Glen Cove Marina. They are located
one mile off Route 1, in Darlington,
MD. The phone number for the marina
is (410) 836-3761. You can get a
Maryland fishing license and information
from Autumn Sky Outfitters, located
at 3404 Conowingo Road, (Route 1)
phone (410) 836-3660 ask for Gus
or Tony. They will be glad to help
you enjoy your trip to Conowingo
Lake. For water flow information
at the Dam you can call (410) 457-4076.
There is a recorded message that
gives you the projected water flow
at the Dam.
want to caution you especially after
storms. The main lake can be very
hazardous to run at fast speeds
due to log jams and debris floating
in the water, and the water can
become very rough on windy days.
During the summer weekends there
can be a considerable amount of
boat traffic. Please use courteous
and safe-boater/seamanship skills
on the water.