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9 hours ago, Munkin said:

How many boats are you expecting? Last time I went to BH and you guys were having a tournament it looked like the D-Day invasion.

 

Allen

Our normal tournaments at BH are usually 18-20+ boats, but I'm expecting these to be smaller.  We are thinking that if we can get 10 boats or so it'd be a good turnout.  

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Hi guys. I am not 100% sure that this is the correct spot to post this. Anyways, I recently moved to DC. My first year here I bought a DC license and fished a couple spots in the District for bass. I went out 3 short trips and caught 1 smallmouth and found a couple promising spots. My goal this year is to fish a lot more now that I am finally a little settled in to the area. I grew up river smallmouth fishing so I will probably stick to the Potomac, but I am open to other areas as well. 

 

I am debating which fishing license(s) to buy this year. I tried doing some research and it looks like there is reciprocity on the Potomac between VA and MD license. So I am thinking of buying a DC license and one from the other states. Any advice? I think that I will only be bank fishing. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my kayak with me as I don’t have a place to store it. I couldn’t find any place to store it at a reasonable cost close to the city. 

 

Maybe I will see some of you guys on the water!

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8 minutes ago, microotter said:

Hi guys. I am not 100% sure that this is the correct spot to post this. Anyways, I recently moved to DC. My first year here I bought a DC license and fished a couple spots in the District for bass. I went out 3 short trips and caught 1 smallmouth and found a couple promising spots. My goal this year is to fish a lot more now that I am finally a little settled in to the area. I grew up river smallmouth fishing so I will probably stick to the Potomac, but I am open to other areas as well. 

 

I am debating which fishing license(s) to buy this year. I tried doing some research and it looks like there is reciprocity on the Potomac between VA and MD license. So I am thinking of buying a DC license and one from the other states. Any advice? I think that I will only be bank fishing. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my kayak with me as I don’t have a place to store it. I couldn’t find any place to store it at a reasonable cost close to the city. 

 

Maybe I will see some of you guys on the water!

Reciprocity is only for the Potomac. Lots of good fishing in VA tho....

On 12/19/2018 at 1:44 PM, fishwizzard said:

I am about 6-7 trips into "only throwing a 68 Special all winter".   Zero bass so far but today I got a little bump!  I think.  It is hard not to drift off in thought.  

 

 

LOL. Bump maybe.  

I’ve concluded that this just isn’t CA. Big Swimbaits are for 9+ lb bass and I’m not that patient.  

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20 minutes ago, microotter said:

Hi guys. I am not 100% sure that this is the correct spot to post this. Anyways, I recently moved to DC. My first year here I bought a DC license and fished a couple spots in the District for bass. I went out 3 short trips and caught 1 smallmouth and found a couple promising spots. My goal this year is to fish a lot more now that I am finally a little settled in to the area. I grew up river smallmouth fishing so I will probably stick to the Potomac, but I am open to other areas as well. 

 

I am debating which fishing license(s) to buy this year. I tried doing some research and it looks like there is reciprocity on the Potomac between VA and MD license. So I am thinking of buying a DC license and one from the other states. Any advice? I think that I will only be bank fishing. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my kayak with me as I don’t have a place to store it. I couldn’t find any place to store it at a reasonable cost close to the city. 

 

Maybe I will see some of you guys on the water!

You definitely need DC + others, since DC doesn't reciprocate with anyone :(.  As for the others, it depends on where you think you'll spend the most time outside of DC.

 

In MD, non-tidal waters are all covered on the MD Non-Tidal license...But all tidal waters, including the Potomac below DC are on a different license called the Bay & Coastal Sport (there's a couple small areas in VA not covered, but 99% of the tidal Potomac is covered on this).  This is annoying if you fish the tidal Potomac and Bay for bass like almost everyone around here does plus the non-tidal stuff like the upper Potomac and lakes.  If you're a bass fisherman in MD, chances are high that you need to have both.  

 

In VA, a VA Freshwater license will cover the Potomac downstream to the 301 bridge...Including MD waters.  Plus all the lakes/rivers in VA.  

 

There's also a PRFC License that covers the Bay and ALL tributaries in MD and VA (except DC waters).  This would be Upper Bay, Potomac, James/Chick, Rapp, etc for bass fishing too.  Does not cover anything non-tidal in either state though.  Most people also need one of the MD or VA licenses that cover these waters anyway though, so not much reason to get this one.  

 

It sucks, you can stay within like a 10 mile radius of DC and still need 4 different licenses.  

 

Don't worry about the kayak, hop on a bassboat! ;) 

 

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Thanks for the information. I was initially thinking that the potomac north of DC would be easy to access on foot, but I will need to do more research. I generally prefer bank fishing rivers. The tournament looks fun. I might have to consider it. Although I have never done anything like it other than kayak fishing tournaments. 

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9 minutes ago, microotter said:

Thanks for the information. I was initially thinking that the potomac north of DC would be easy to access on foot, but I will need to do more research. I generally prefer bank fishing rivers.

Check along the C&O Canal, several different lock areas have access.  These would be in MD along the upper Potomac.  Don't know how far outside of DC you want to go, but many locks have parking areas and bass fishing in the canal and/or main river.  I used to bank/wade fish from Violets Lock quite a bit.

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1 hour ago, microotter said:

Thanks for the information. I was initially thinking that the potomac north of DC would be easy to access on foot, but I will need to do more research. I generally prefer bank fishing rivers. 

The Potomac is tough/dangerous for bank access until you get quite far north unless the river is very low. I love it though and hope the rain is more reaonable this year that it was last. 

 

The C&O canal is great but sadly all last year NPS had the water levels incredibly low, to the point where Widewater was really the only place worth going unless you were really looking for a grind. I hope whatever repairs they were doing are completed by next spring.  I haven’t been out to check the water levels since early fall, if you decide to head out and scout around let us know what the levels are like, if they’re back up to reasonable levels I’d be happy to meet up and show you a few spots.  

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7 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

 

 

The Potomac is tough/dangerous for bank access until you get quite far north unless the river is very low. I love it though and hope the rain is more reaonable this year that it was last. 

 

The C&O canal is great but sadly all last year NPS had the water levels incredibly low, to the point where Widewater was really the only place worth going unless you were really looking for a grind. I hope whatever repairs they were doing are completed by next spring.  I haven’t been out to check the water levels since early fall, if you decide to head out and scout around let us know what the levels are like, if they’re back up to reasonable levels I’d be happy to meet up and show you a few spots.  

Awesome. Will do!

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Hey all,

 

Just starting to get into some river fishing on the susquehanna. I am from Baltimore, Maryland so I was looking for places to launch within a couple hours on the susky. Is the three mile island with the power plant a good place to start for winter fishing? Also, could I use a pedal yak? Thanks for any help

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Trying to move some of my finesse casting rods to fund a new toy, I would love to get these sold and am flexible on pricing for local pick-up sales.  

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Anyone want some cardboard rod tubes?  I need to clear out most of my hoard and I cannot bear cutting them up for the recycling bin.  

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MoCo Boaters - where do you get your boat/trailer serviced?

 

Last year I bought my boat used, and didn't take it very far from home. This year I plan to drive it around a little more and want to make sure it's ready.

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