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16 hours ago, Junger said:

You better have your popper skills sharpened for the hydrilla edges at Mattawoman.

Can I play? I'm trying to learn how to fish a popper... ?

I "borrowed" most of the feathered trebles for inline spinners this winter, gotta tie some at some point.

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Everyone is out and here I am still waiting on a trolling motor plug to arrive. Hopefully I can get out one day next week?

 

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On 4/6/2021 at 9:37 PM, Junger said:

Maiden voyage on my new rig, I originally wanted to break in the engine on the Potomac, but it took me about 2 hours to find boat numbers, those 3" stickers after driving to two different Home Depot and a Lowe's. But when I was ready to go, it was already 1:30PM so I decided to just hit Little Seneca Lake and mess around with the electronics. She's fast, about 3.6mph on the graph and I could hit spots on the lake which I never did before in a timely manner.

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Got to the shallow end near the houses and I got 3 on laydowns that extended into 5-8 feet of water. Probably could have gotten a couple more, but my fishing muscles are out of shape and I was tired, so I lit up a stogie and trolled half speed back to the ramp and and enjoyed the scenery.

 

Nice, I'm jelly. Water temp at Little Seneca was 63 and I wanted to throw some top water, but I didn't bring any.

Are we going to finally has a BRget together there this year?

 

Allen 

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Went up the Potomac between Dam 5 and Williamsport. Only saw a single bass, but he was a feisty little guy. Water levels looked good, still a little cold but I had a blast. 

 

Hit my dark sleeper, creme tiny pond crankbait, chrome husky jerk but he never hooked up. 

 

I did a spot of wading (the water was pretty cold for my water shoes!) but couldn't connect with any bass. I did see some further past dam 5 but they were all dinks. 

 

Though my trip was not without some success, caught a white sucker and greenside darter in my net, while catching two fallfish that smacked my cranks a few seconds after they hit the water. 

 

I have decided that when I hit the potomac, ill focus on that one section to get acquainted. So Smallmouths and Muskie are my main goals up there. 

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Could only get a couple on a crank, and chatter, went back over the area with weightless t-rigged worms, and had a steady pick of small to medium sized fish for a couple of hours, and a few tell tale bed clearing bites. Time to get the frog rod ready.

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I went out on Saturday and got about two dozen dinks on a Super Fluke.  It seems like I have The Curse of the Dink on me, I have caught over a hundred bass in the last few weeks and maybe 2-3 have gone over a pound.  Yesterday I had three little 7” bass chasing and pecking at my chatterbait on multiple  casts, but they were all too small to get hooked.  
 

I am going to lean into it, lighter rods, smaller presentations, tying my beard hair together to use as line, the Dinks will not break me!  

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On 4/8/2021 at 11:14 PM, Munkin said:

Are we going to finally has a BRget together there this year?

 

Allen 

 

I just got my second shot so I'm game.

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I went out on Saturday and got about two dozen dinks on a Super Fluke.  It seems like I have The Curse of the Dink on me, I have caught over a hundred bass in the last few weeks and maybe 2-3 have gone over a pound.  Yesterday I had three little 7” bass chasing and pecking at my chatterbait on multiple  casts, but they were all too small to get hooked.  
 

I am going to lean into it, lighter rods, smaller presentations, tying my beard hair together to use as line, the Dinks will not break me!  

 

I've only fished Widewater and Little Seneca Lake for LMB this year, but at Little Seneca the big ones were cruising in deeper water than the small ones. All of the small dinks were in shallow 1-3' of water around lay downs. I caught all my big ones (bigger than 2lbs) at the end of these laydowns where the water was >5' or they were cruising deeper water along steep banks. As for Widewater, I've given up trying to figure out a pattern for that place other than I use moving baits along the rock wall edge and I either get a good largie, or a greedy green sunfish.

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11 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

I went out on Saturday and got about two dozen dinks on a Super Fluke.  It seems like I have The Curse of the Dink on me, I have caught over a hundred bass in the last few weeks and maybe 2-3 have gone over a pound.  Yesterday I had three little 7” bass chasing and pecking at my chatterbait on multiple  casts, but they were all too small to get hooked.  
 

I am going to lean into it, lighter rods, smaller presentations, tying my beard hair together to use as line, the Dinks will not break me!  

Something about this spring has made for fewer large fish than usual for me as well. I had one insane day, and 2 other good ones, other than that it was like episodes of MLF before the rule change...  :) 

1 hour ago, Junger said:

I just got my second shot so I'm game.

I got my first last week, and get the second at the end of the month, I'll play.

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I get my second shot next week, so I will be game for a meet up as well.

 

I will admit that a lot of my bass time this year has been ringing in a new finesse rod, but even when powerfishing I am only getting the tiniest of bass.  A super fluke around emerging pads during pre-spawn has traditionally gotten me some of my biggest bass of the year, but so far this time it's a million dinks falling over themselves trying to hit it.  

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Had a first today, caught more snapping turtles than bass on one popper. One had a shell the size of a hubcap. Amazing how easy they are to move until they get a purchase on the bottom with them claws, then it's game on. 

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4 hours ago, BassWhole! said:

Had a first today, caught more snapping turtles than bass on one popper. One had a shell the size of a hubcap. Amazing how easy they are to move until they get a purchase on the bottom with them claws, then it's game on. 

 

Hah, I had a massive one chase my popper around for a while today.  It's neck was like 3-4" across, it would have stolen my lure instantly.  I would see a dark shape slowly following the lure in so I could rip it away in time.  

 

Pond Popper Report: 

 

I am fishing an Evergreen OB, a PopX, and a Rico.  So far the Rico and the OB are the clear winners, each with dozens more bass then the PopX.  The PopX is also the hardest to work consistently, esp when it gets to within 20ish feet of me.  I have been using a IMX 721c with 10lb mono, so a pretty light/soft combo.  For the next few trips I am going to try them on the fluke rod, a Avid M/XF with 30lb braid to 16lb fluoro leader.  I know I will like the action more, but I think the casting easy and accuracy is going to suffer a lot with the smaller poppers.  The OB is bigger and heavier then I remember, so it's a point in it's favor if I can use it well on the heavier tackle.  

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Been on the skunk the past month now, throwing different things every few days and not getting anything. 

 

Over at Centennial Park in Bowie, I had a nice size bass inhale my dark sleeper and promptly ripped it out of its mouth before it had a chance to swim away. At Cash Lake, I was throwing the smallest XRap in silver and black, got a ton of hits from what I assume to be little guys. 

 

I need a good skunk buster day. Thinking about hitting Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge in the next few weeks for everything they offer and would love tips for Pike/Tigers and both bass species. 

Anyway, its good to know you folks are having luck! Tight lines folks!

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On 5/3/2021 at 3:53 PM, pgcountyfisher said:

Been on the skunk the past month now, throwing different things every few days and not getting anything. 

 

Over at Centennial Park in Bowie, I had a nice size bass inhale my dark sleeper and promptly ripped it out of its mouth before it had a chance to swim away. At Cash Lake, I was throwing the smallest XRap in silver and black, got a ton of hits from what I assume to be little guys. 

 

I need a good skunk buster day. Thinking about hitting Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge in the next few weeks for everything they offer and would love tips for Pike/Tigers and both bass species. 

Anyway, its good to know you folks are having luck! Tight lines folks!

Pike are biting in Triadelphia in coves around brush and wood.  Some largemouth mixed in.  Spinnerbait mostly

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Hit Little Seneca Lake around 1:30PM yesterday, it was windy, but I found protection in the back cove by the townhouses. I threw a weedless underspin with a 3" keitech around timber and immediately had 2 fish, but lost both. I was fishing them on an BFS rod with 8lb copoly and I felt like I just couldn't get a good enough hookset so I switched over to my M/MH Tatula with braid and that did the trick and landed a decent 2lber.

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The banks were crowded with a lot of people back here. I think they were mainly fishing for crappie but I didn't fish a lot of shoreline to give them room. I ended up catching a 11" crappie, and several small yellow perch and a greedy green sunfish. I did break out the popper rod on a small section where it just looked so right, but the only action was green sunnies nipping at the tail feathers.

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The water temps were consistent throughout the lake, 64/65 degrees in both the deeper and shallow sections. I didn't see a lot of beds and no LMB cruising around the shoreline so either I was in the wrong section to look for beds or they haven't hit full swing yet. I talked to 3 yakers at the launch and they also didn't see any good spawn signs. 

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Interesting.  I'd imagine the water temp in my local pond is a little higher but I'm also in Northern MD so maybe not?  Males have been on beds all over the pond and aggressively chasing off gills.  Haven't seen any coupled up though

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3 hours ago, hokiehunter373 said:

Interesting.  I'd imagine the water temp in my local pond is a little higher but I'm also in Northern MD so maybe not?  Males have been on beds all over the pond and aggressively chasing off gills.  Haven't seen any coupled up though

Same here in the SoMD small water, right about 70 with gill nests already. Smaller puddles warm up faster. I'm hitting Loch Raven as a goof next week.

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Great news for you, BUMMMER for me. was out in blackhills with boat Tuesday and ran into  some trouble never got more than 1/2 mile past ramp.

I went down to Seneca/Potomac and ran the outboard for an hour. On the way back there were cars all over the sides of 121 near the bridge and a line of people on the trail. I might try it out Friday, thanks.

In the 90's that area over to the sunken road was pure gold, about 5-6 2-3lbs every time. Even got 4 tigermuskgee( at that time it was a mandatory kill species there), and I don't think any trails.

The really good note. NO BOATS ON THE LAKE ?. Yep the water was a tad bit chilly

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Hit Mattawoman at Slavins at 7AM yesterday with a plan to fish the incoming tide. The pads looked pretty good, but there's no sign of hydrilla yet and the water temp in the main creek was 71 but the water was really muddy and stained, about 3" visibility. I headed up the creek and started on some pad edges with a popper after seeing lots of topwater activity. I think I saw fry balls being pushed around, and moved some fish but nothing was committing to the lure. I headed further back up a creek arm and the tall grass was moving and thrashing everywhere. I thought maybe it was snakehead spawning, but it was carp and gar. There was so much commotion I figured everything else must have been spooked by the noise so I headed towards areas I didn't hear spawning and also looked for some cleaner water. I couldn't find either and ended up with just one bite all morning, something took off a tail off my paddletail. I was off the water at Noon, and probably won't fish back here until June, hopefully the warm weather will kick start the hydrilla to clean up some of the mud and the spawning gar and carp will be done.

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Maaaaaannnnnn I  was there late today and only got two small ones. Over under the bridge to the left in one of the coves in some grass

Me and blackhills are getting to be on no speaking terms.

On the way back my trailer broke. I know what happened but there is no way it could happen unless messed with. Bunk board flipped 90 deg and broke off in the back mount.

Oh, I didn't go all they way down to the end, battery power kinda low.

I think I fished that spot for a hour, but it was around 4-5 pm.

Congrats.

 

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Hit Triadelphia on Monday, fished from 10:00-4:00. Caught about 14 bass, mostly in the 10-13 inch range with 2 over 15 and best 16.5 inches, 4 pike and a crappie. Missed a lot of pike (short strikes) and a good number of bass. I put in at he Triadelphia Rd ramp (oppose end from Dam) and really like all the brush/trees in the middle of the lake (10-14ft of water), very fishy looking. I usually fish Piney Run  (and catch better quality fish) but think it is just a matter of time once I learn this lake better and $22 vs $7.75 fee it is cheaper. May head back tomorrow. 

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9 minutes ago, Mastercaster said:

Hit Triadelphia on Monday, fished from 10:00-4:00. Caught about 14 bass, mostly in the 10-13 inch range with 2 over 15 and best 16.5 inches, 4 pike and a crappie. Missed a lot of pike (short strikes) and a good number of bass. I put in at he Triadelphia Rd ramp (oppose end from Dam) and really like all the brush/trees in the middle of the lake (10-14ft of water), very fishy looking. I usually fish Piney Run  (and catch better quality fish) but think it is just a matter of time once I learn this lake better and $22 vs $7.75 fee it is cheaper. May head back tomorrow. 

 

I fish in Piney Run most of the time and really love this place. Will join you gladly there of Triadelphia and ready to cover the your costs in exchange on few lessons from your side  :) 

PM me if you're OK with that :)

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Hit Mattawoman today, 9AM high tide so my plan was to get way back in the pads. Water was still muddy/stained, but temps were 78 on the main creek so I started with a toad hoping for some topwater action. No real sign of topwater so I switched to a keitech fat impact on a weedless underspin. That was the ticket, along with some cleaner water back in the pads along the grass edges. Landed two good largies, but missed about 4 fish, and then there wasn't enough water to stay back there and off the water by Noon.

 

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