Regional Reports-East

Liberty Reservoir

If you're looking to get a jump on spring fishing, head for Liberty Reservoir, one of eastern Maryland's best spots for shore-anglers targeting walleyes. The key is to locate steep rocky drop-offs, preferably rimmed with shallow weed beds. You'll need to hike to some of the farthest reaches of the lake. Drop-shot leadhead jigs tipped with live shiners or night crawlers just off the bottom, maintaining constant contact with the rod tip, because the walleye strikes can be very subtle. Deep-running crankbaits are also effective. The best times to fish are at dusk and dawn, but keep in mind that shore-fishing at Liberty isn't permitted after sunset. Easier access can be found on the Nicodemus Bridge, which crosses the middle of the lake just west of Reisterstown. The walleye season here is open year-round with a 15-inch minimum size and a creel limit of five. Contact: Maryland DNR Freshwater Fisheries Service (410-260-8320).