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Posted on August 20, 2015 | Permalink

Good Day on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac

Another double digit day on the Potomac -- 10 rockfish and 3 walleye in 2 hours. I normally practice catch and release but my wife and neighbors found out I was catching walleye and insisted on some fresh fish for dinner so I kept two walleye one 22" and one 25". The walleye tend to be on the drop off around 10-15 feet and rockfish are typically deeper, 15-20 ft.

Tags: walleye, striped bass

Posted on August 18, 2015 | Permalink

More Potomac Walleye

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tidal Potomac

Walleye are getting more common in the Tidal Potomac. Today I caught 3 along with a handful of rockfish.

Tags: walleye, striped bass

Posted on August 7, 2015 | Permalink

Tidal Potomac Walleye

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I pulled this Walleye out of the Potomac River today. Walleye are not that common in the Potomac. I have only caught 3 since last year, but they tend to be decent sized when you are lucky enough to find one. I also caught a handful of rockfish, but I decided not to take pictures because they are fragile and mortality rate runs about 5-10% if you take them out of the water for any length of time. For rockfish, I net them and leave them in the water while I remove the hook. I have achieved 100% survival rate using that method.

Tags: walleye, striped bass

Posted on July 8, 2015 | Permalink

One Decent Largemouth

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I took a friend on a tour of DC by water. We only fished for a few minutes and caught only one fish, but it was a pretty decent Largemouth. It was caught with a large crank bait in the Washington Channel.

Tags: largemouth bass

Posted on July 6, 2015 | Permalink

Potomac Rockfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

The Potomac River has been yielding some good striper fishing recently. Today I caught 15 rockfish in a little over an hour. Then thunderstorms came in and spoiled the fun. The fish ranged in size from 19" to 28".

Tags: striped bass

Posted on October 6, 2014 | Permalink

Something not so Fishy on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out this past weekend on the tidal Potomac River and got skunked for the first time this year. I checked some of my favorite spots and the depth sounder flat lined as if the fish were all on vacation. That's fishing :-)

Tags: Recreational Fishing

Posted on October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centeral
Location: Rocky Gorge

I fished Rocky Gorge with friend Peter S. We caught a few bass and a really nice crappie. The crappie hit a pumpkin seed tube fished on the bottom in 12-15 ft of water.

Tags: crappie, largemouth bass

Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out at the crack of dawn to try my luck with some topwater baits. I had a few strikes with a buzz bait, but couldn't get hooked up. I did a little better with the popper, catching a few bass and one overzealous bluegill which promptly went in the livewell. Then I threw a spinner bait for a while and caught a channel cat -- refreshing since I have only caught blue cats lately. Finally I cut up the bluegill and fished for blue cats for about an hour. I caught 3, two were 20 lbs, and one was 30 lbs. Blue cats are super strong. I need to get to the gym and build up the back and biceps if I want to keep catching them. Even a "little" 20 pounder can put up quite a fight.

Tags: channel catfish, largemouth bass, blue catfish, invasive, bluegill

Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

New Personal Best

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

My son with a stringer of blue catfish that was too heavy for him to lift. He caught them using cut bluegill. The largest was about 30 pounds and his new personal best. It helps to have an "expert fishing guide" as a dad -- patting myself on the back ;-)

Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Potomac Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Another fun day on the tidal Potomac. Caught a mix of Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Blue Catfish, about 15 fish in all. Today, the fish were liking a 1/4 oz War Eagle tandem blade spinner bait along the grass edges. I had to get very close, and occasionally bump the grass in order to get bit. I mostly use cut bait to catch blue cats, but today they were clobbering the spinner bait.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Blue Catfish, Invasive

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