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11 hours ago, Burke said:

Hey Guys - 

 

How or what URL can I use to find out the water temps ? 

I will be fishing in DC/Belle Haven/National Harbor area. 

 

It would be helpful since I amt seem to find any online or it looks weird. 

There's no gauge that does temp until the summer time. Anyways water temp can vary a lot on the water so you're best just using your graph.

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14 hours ago, ptomacbass said:

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Things were heating up Friday. 5-9 in the right hand, I'll need 5 for this BFL. Wind made it impossible to fish a lot of good stuff.

Water must still be cold if there's still icebergs in the river....;)

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That's about what the main river looked like. There were some kids who took their Jon boat out early in the morning. Wind was no joke I hope they made it back ok.

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1st topwater (popper) bass today. They ate a spinnerbait pretty good too. Nothing big, mostly 2-3 lb fish.

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Philly bro here, was thinking of trying out the upper elk river in MD or around that area on a kayak. Is the wind a factor most of the time while in that area? I was also looking around the lower end part of the Susquehanna and was wondering how fast the current is at times for a kayak.

 

 

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Had an hour to kill last evening before meeting the wife, so I headed to a local spot, caught one bass, two pickerel and 6 crappie, including a giant, but the really crazy thing is after I hooked the second pickerel which was about 20" give or take, it got grabbed by what I can only guess is the next world record pickerel, I didn't get a great look at it, but I saw it as it swirled, and again for a second as it swam sideways, had it on for about 10-15 seconds before it let go. I was questioning whether it actually happened, but the pickerel had the bite mark right in the middle. There are no pike or anything else that big in there that I know of, so I'm taking some striper plugs with me next time. Crazy.

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9 hours ago, reason said:

 There are no pike or anything else that big in there that I know of, so I'm taking some striper plugs with me next time. Crazy.

Hah, I have had a crazy year so far for big picks in freshwater, it seems like they are way more active then in pervious years. Oddly enough, the tidal river guys all reported a awful season for brackish picks, with worries of a population crash.  

 

I now now have three BBZ rats, so I am going to start throwing them at some of the better pickerel spots to see if I can find a monster.  The MD record is an 8 pounder from 2015.  

State Record Chain Pickerel

That is a big old pick for sure, but I have have gotten a few that seemed not too removed from that one in legnth, but never on that thick.   

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9 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

Hah, I have had a crazy year so far for big picks in freshwater, it seems like they are way more active then in pervious years. Oddly enough, the tidal river guys all reported a awful season for brackish picks, with worries of a population crash.

Same here. Except for the short period where the water froze, it's been consistently good fishing, and the cold spring extended it out for sure. Usually, the spawn sends the big ones into a funk, and then they go deeper. Some of the best advice I got from an old timer (speaking of the salt, but it applies to all fishing) is "every year is different, fish the fish, don't wish the fish"

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Hey there, I'm a bank fisher in the Howard County area and I'm fairly new to Squarebills. I need some advice as to colors and sizes to choose. I fish mainly Elkhorn, Wildelake, Cash, Allen and some small ponds. 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

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2 hours ago, Buffdaddy54 said:

Hey there, I'm a bank fisher in the Howard County area and I'm fairly new to Squarebills. I need some advice as to colors and sizes to choose. I fish mainly Elkhorn, Wildelake, Cash, Allen and some small ponds. 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

I’ve been using both Chartreuse/Black Back and Ghost Minnow in most of those spots to. pretty good affect.

 

As for Cash Lake specifically, you’ll know you found one of the most productive spots on the lake when you start losing a crank on every other cast.  Someday I will bring a grappling hook there early in the morning and try and drag out whatever has been stealing my lures for the past three years or rip the bumper off my car in the process.  

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On 4/6/2018 at 7:49 PM, fishwizzard said:

I’ve been using both Chartreuse/Black Back and Ghost Minnow in most of those spots to. pretty good affect.

 

As for Cash Lake specifically, you’ll know you found one of the most productive spots on the lake when you start losing a crank on every other cast.  Someday I will bring a grappling hook there early in the morning and try and drag out whatever has been stealing my lures for the past three years or rip the bumper off my car in the process.  

I'm in the Navy, but I'm with the Corps on "no man left behind" I fish square bills on 15 lb (sometimes 20) Big Game and a palomar, and after a quick hook bend they go right back to the mission. 

 

Spinnerbait outfished squarebill and JB yesterday for the first time this year (in the snow).

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Hah, well, my “crank” rod is literary what ever one I have with me at the time, so I am at times under-gunned on line.  I am going to give braid+leader a go on casting reels this summer, so maybe I can save more cranks by using stright 30lb braid. 

 

 

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Finally got my first fish of the year, three smallmouth measuring 16," 12" and roughly 10.  Slowwwwww presentations on a Z-man worm and a shallow-running crankbait (latter got the 16-incher).  Also had some interest in a small spinnerbait -- including a golden trout -- but nothing clamped on.

 

The wife wants to go to go camping on the Upper Potomac this weekend, and I reluctantly agreed to make it seem like her idea. :)

 

Pat

 

 

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Pat, where are you going camping? I am taking my daughter up that way to Yogi Bear in June and don't know anything about that area. I will be fishing though so any info would help. 

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8 hours ago, Lendiesel22 said:

Pat, where are you going camping? I am taking my daughter up that way to Yogi Bear in June and don't know anything about that area. I will be fishing though so any info would help. 

We camp at the sites along the C&O Canal.  The sites are all along the river, easy access -- some you can park right at your camp site.  The C&O trail is easy walking and good if you have a mountain bike.  Getting to the river from the C&O trail is either really easy or you have to hike a bit to find good access.

 

The only thing about the C&O drive-in camp sites, you have to reserve a spot online:

 

https://www.recreation.gov/recreationalAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=2632

 

Pat

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Looks like I will be in the williamsport area. I figured i would just wade and fish for smallmouth. I have sometime to do some reading. 

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So one of my projects this year is "Big Baits in Small Ponds" and this afternoon I caught the inaugural bass.

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Not a monster, but it was nice to get one.  It hit a Gantrel Jr as it passed by some emergent pads.  The park was jammed with people and a swarm of kids rushed me as soon as I hooked up.  The kids were very impressed with my bass, with one exclaiming "my daddy never catches fish that big!".  

 

I am using a MB Hyuga 72H and I am really pleased with how it is working.  The hooks on the Jr are not super heavy or big and the rod loaded surprisingly deeply, so I think it is going to be great for any treble hook lure it can load.  

 I still need to see how it deals with jig-hook swimbaits, but I am very hopeful.

 

I also helped a couple who lost control of their stroller, which launched into the pond and settled like 5' off the bank.  55lb braid to a 25lb mono leader did the job and I was able to drag it to shore with ease.  

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31 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

I also helped a couple who lost control of their stroller, which launched into the pond and settled like 5' off the bank.  55lb braid to a 25lb mono leader did the job and I was able to drag it to shore with ease.  

PB Stroller 25lber?

 

I managed to get out to Whetstone for an hour before kid's soccer game, caught 2 real quick in the same general area. One short, but heavy LMB, guessing a female with eggs, and the other a small dink...lost a jackhammer chatterbait though, so that's a fail.

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On 4/14/2018 at 7:47 PM, fishwizzard said:

So one of my projects this year is "Big Baits in Small Ponds" and this afternoon I caught the inaugural bass.

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Not a monster, but it was nice to get one.  It hit a Gantrel Jr as it passed by some emergent pads.  The park was jammed with people and a swarm of kids rushed me as soon as I hooked up.  The kids were very impressed with my bass, with one exclaiming "my daddy never catches fish that big!".  

 

I am using a MB Hyuga 72H and I am really pleased with how it is working.  The hooks on the Jr are not super heavy or big and the rod loaded surprisingly deeply, so I think it is going to be great for any treble hook lure it can load.  

 I still need to see how it deals with jig-hook swimbaits, but I am very hopeful.

 

I also helped a couple who lost control of their stroller, which launched into the pond and settled like 5' off the bank.  55lb braid to a 25lb mono leader did the job and I was able to drag it to shore with ease.  

Nice! I stuck a few on the gantarel a season or two ago, really need to get back to it.  A fun bait.  

Finally got my first LM of 2018 after 2 skunk outings.  Took my yak out on Lake Elkhorn as that is my 'go to' lake when i dont know what to do to catch em, lol.  Nothing big, but caught about 8-10 little bass who went after my inline spinner.  This was the first one.

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Nice!

 

How is Elkhorn?  I have not yet gotten my permit, but keep meaning too, Elkhorn is the only one of the three I have any interest in.  

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24 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

Nice!

 

How is Elkhorn?  I have not yet gotten my permit, but keep meaning too, Elkhorn is the only one of the three I have any interest in.  

I kinda learned on Elkhorn a few years ago, so I go there when I need a confidence boost even though it still stumps me now and then.  Seems to go in cycles.  One year I used topwater from April until October, last year topwater was a bit harder and did better with spinnerbaits and hard swimbaits. 

Won't lie, havent gotten a permit yet either.  Never had an issue and I always try to leave it better than I found it, steer clear of interfering with people walking around the lake or shore fisherman and have had no issues.  Also found it odd that there is no signage about getting a permit at the Lake...and I know people who live there who dont have pemits - lol.

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 7:48 AM, Lendiesel22 said:

Pat, where are you going camping? I am taking my daughter up that way to Yogi Bear in June and don't know anything about that area. I will be fishing though so any info would help. 

When it gets closer contact me and I will let you know about the different places. I have fished this section of the Potomac for like 35 years. Definitely bring some flukes, a white buzzbait, and some GP tubes or creature baits. Don't be surprised if you hook into a 20lb Tiger Muskie as they are all over the river.

 

Allen

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55 minutes ago, JeepFisher said:

I kinda learned on Elkhorn a few years ago, so I go there when I need a confidence boost even though it still stumps me now and then.  Seems to go in cycles.  One year I used topwater from April until October, last year topwater was a bit harder and did better with spinnerbaits and hard swimbaits. 

Won't lie, havent gotten a permit yet either.  Never had an issue and I always try to leave it better than I found it, steer clear of interfering with people walking around the lake or shore fisherman and have had no issues.  Also found it odd that there is no signage about getting a permit at the Lake...and I know people who live there who dont have pemits - lol.

Permits are free, yet I know many that don't attain one.  I think that the Columbia Association would only slap the hand the wrist if you play dumb.

 

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1 hour ago, Munkin said:

When it gets closer contact me and I will let you know about the different places. I have fished this section of the Potomac for like 35 years. Definitely bring some flukes, a white buzzbait, and some GP tubes or creature baits. Don't be surprised if you hook into a 20lb Tiger Muskie as they are all over the river.

 

Allen

Very cool man thanks. I will take you up on that. Much appreciated. 

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17 minutes ago, Lendiesel22 said:

Very cool man thanks. I will take you up on that. Much appreciated. 

If you have a boat you can fish both Big Slackwater and Four Locks as they are deep sections of the river.

 

Allen

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