August Fishing Sessions: 08/15 - Multi-Species Fishing Around the Chesapeake Bay (Maryland)

Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I'm bringing you guys my fishing report for August 15th:

--- August 15th, 2015 ---

Location: Susquehanna River/Sassafras River/Unicorn Mill Pond
Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m./4:00-5:00 p.m./5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 7 White Perch (Morone americana)
-- 2 Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)
-- 3 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
-- 5 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 3 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
-- 2 Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Fishing starts at 6:45. Don't forget to watch it in HD (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. More likes and more subscribes = more videos in the future. :)


The main goal for the day was to fish together with my friends Chris McIntee from the Chris McIntee YouTube channel and Mike Hsiao from the 1Rod1ReelFishing YouTube channel. I focused on Multi-Species fishing whereas they focused on the Bass. :)


My setup for this entire fishing session consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Throughout the course of the day, I used the following types of rigs/baits/lures: (1) a Thomas E.P. series in-line spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold color; (2) a 5" Gary Yamamoto Senko on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Worm hook; (3) a 1" Gulp! Alive minnow on a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jighead; (4) a size #10 Eagle claw hook with a Trout Magnet; and (5) a high-low rig with a 2 oz. river sinker, Eagle Claw three way swivel and an Eagle Claw snellled #4 hook


Chris, Mike, and I had scheduled a "collaboration fishing trip" to the Conowingo Dam in MD since July! The purpose of the trip was for us "YouTubers" to record the trip from our own perspectives and publish our videos in our respective YouTube Channels, all while fishing together at the Conowingo Dam.

Chris and I got at the Conowingo Dam around 11:00 a.m.. It was our first time there; thus, we did a little bit of scouting before setting up our stuff. After a quick look at the place, we realized two things: (1) there was always a group of anglers wading on the far left side of the place -- closer to the dam, fishing for Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis); and (2) there were groups of anglers still-fishing for Channel Catfish and Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio).

One thing that amazed me down there was that folks were pulling good sized Common Carp from the Susquehanna River without even chumming!!! And fellas -- it wasn't an "accidental catch." There were literally about 8-9 Common Carp pulled out of there during the period of time that I stayed down there. No chumming whatsoever! And a couple of those fishes were easily in the 20lbs+ range. 

Anyways...I quickly tied on a 2 oz. river sinker to do some "recon." I ended up losing about 7-8 sinkers; however, I did end with a nice topographic picture of the place: the area was overall shallow with a maximum depth of 8 feet, not to mention that the whole area was extremely snaggy

Chris and I fished there for about two hours, until Mike H. arrived. Chris had landed two Striped Bass in the range of 20-23 inches long and I had landed only one Channel Catfish on a piece of nightcrawler, under a weighted float. In other words -- fishing wasn't so great so far! 

A little bit after Mike H. arrived, we got kicked out of the Conowingo Dam. Hah. I am not going to get the story spoiled for you folks. Thus, if you want to find out why we got kicked out, just make sure to watch the video below:

Please note that what we did there was something serious! Do not attempt this, folks! Do not break the laws! Make sure to hear the afterword in the video for a discussion on this matter.
So, yeah...we got kicked out of the Conowingo Dam! BAM! All the locals were hating on us and the guard was understanding enough to not press charges against us (thank you, Mr. guard). Mike was pretty much skunked at this point. Chris had only two little Striped Bass and one Channel Catfish. And I had one Species so far! Eventually, we couldn't let the day end like that. Therefore, Chris suggested us to go to the Sassafras River for some Bass fishing!

We arrived there in the afternoon: very neat spot with plenty of structure and cover! The marinas and old docks helped a lot. Unfortunately, Chris and Mike were unable to land any Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides). Meanwhile, I finished there with a couple Channel Catfish, Brown Bullhead, and White Perch -- three different Species of fish for me so far! 

Still not ready to give up, Chris and Mike decided to hit one last spot for the day: a Pond that looked prime for Largemouth Bass. We got to the Unicorn Mill Pond around 5:30 p.m. (yes, folks -- the name of the place was UNICORN Mill Pond), and the place was certainly looking promising! But...once again, no Bass for Chris and Mike! Meanwhile, I finished there with a couple Bluegill, Redbreast Sunfish, and Green Sunfish -- six different Species of fish for the day! I also missed a small Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) on the little stream below the Pond. 

Overall, awesome day of Multi-Species fishing for me; however, not so awesome Bass fishing for my two fellow colleagues. That is certainly not to blame on their fishing expertise -- the Bass were just not collaborating with us! 

As we all left each other, we all thought: "Let next time be more productive!" Hah


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

A nice view of the rocky Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River! The Conowingo Dam serves not only as an awesome fishing spot for Striped Bass, but also the boundary of tidal and non-tidal waters in the River (note that you need different fishing licenses in MD for tidal and non-tidal waters).

My only catch at the Susquehanna River: a small Channel Catfish on a piece of nightcrawler. So much for the anticipated Multi-Species fishing there! Sigh... 

A small surprise from a big River: a Brown Bullhead from the Sassafras River! 

Chris McIntee wading into the darkness. Hah.

One of the many White Perch of the day. According to Chris, one of his favorite fish Species to consume! 

A Green Sunfish from Unicorn Mill Pond. Unfortunately, it did not have a horn.

A gorgeous Redbreast Sunfish from Unicorn Mill Pond! Beautiful colors on this little fella! 

A nice scenic view of the dam at the Unicorn Mill Pond. Rocky and full of moss; full of life as well! Just no Bass...

And, of course, there is gotta be a Bluegill to finish the day. A recorded Bluegill from the land of the Unicorn. Haha

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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