Marsh Creek Lake is a beautiful man made lake that is not very old. It was made on a town that was flooded out in the 1970s after everyone was vacated and a dam was built. It occupies 535 acres of the 1705 acres of the Marsh Creek State Park. Since the valley was rather small and steep-sided, the waters of the lake are deep and perfect for bass fishing. The lake has been designated as a big bass fishing area--which means you cannot keep any bass under 15 inches long. There are no gasoline powered boats allowed on the lake, so keep your bass boats at home.
The big bass tend to rest during the day at a depth of at least 20 feet in deep lakes like Marsh Creek Lake. The far end of the lake near the dam has a depth of around 60 feet and bass can usually be found there during the heat of the day. Drop your lure down and work the area from the shoreline and out about 200 yards where the bass will go during the day for the cooler temperatures.
Choose Your Lure
The recommended lures for big bass are the always popular Texas or Carolina rigged worms (10 to 14 inches in length), and deep-diving crankbaits which look like bait fish, and spinner baits which attract the big bass in the deep water. There are several others such as the topwater plugs and the jig and pigs which look like craw fish in the water. Bright colors are also important, especially when the water is not real clear such as Marsh Creek lake's water. Don't forget to make sure you are using the right weighted line for big bass or you will lose your lure.
This means getting a spot whether anchored by boat or sitting on land and get your lure down in the water. You will need to be quiet. Do not bang the boat or talk loudly, just wait. It takes time to lure the big bass and for him to decide if he is hungry enough to go after your lure. Make sure you are wearing sunscreen and have plenty to drink as the heat can be quite oppressive during the hot summer weeks of late July and August at Marsh Creek.
Article Written By Heide Braley
Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.