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9 hours ago, Munkin said:

 

So some dummy threw snakeheads in Black Hills? Well that is great.

 

Allen

 

They've been reported there for 5 years or so. That lake is so pressured, especially with kayak fishers to get back in the thick stuff, that hopefully they will be kept in check. A lot like the Potomac, I catch way more good size bass than snakeheads in Little Seneca Lake.

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So are we going to do a Black Hills GTG next year? Figured we can start planning it now so everyone can make plans. 

 

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On 10/28/2022 at 1:07 AM, Munkin said:

 

So some dummy threw snakeheads in Black Hills? Well that is great.

 

Allen

Every body of water within 2 to 3 hours of the Potomac either has or will have snakeheads...The snakehead fisherman are relentless in illegally moving them around.  The fish and the fisherman are both trash. 

 

On 10/28/2022 at 10:15 AM, Junger said:

 

They've been reported there for 5 years or so. That lake is so pressured, especially with kayak fishers to get back in the thick stuff, that hopefully they will be kept in check. A lot like the Potomac, I catch way more good size bass than snakeheads in Little Seneca Lake.

Gotta be careful comparing the two...BH is a pond and the Potomac is massive waterbody that already experiences seasonal influxes of predator and prey species (from the bay/salt) so snakeheads can fit in a little better.  Not enough time has passed to know what will happen with BH, but it definitely has the shallow grassy cover they prefer.  

 

BH is still a 'good' bass fishing lake, but it will never get back to what it was...And my guess is that it will continue it's downward slide.  Between the yellow perch being introduced and exploding about 10 years ago and now snakeheads it's getting pretty crowded for such a small lake.

 

Add to that the annoyance of not being able to park the trailer because the kayak and paddle board hoards can't read the "Trailer-Only" signs in the boat ramp lot...It's getting to the point I hardly want to go there even though it's 15 mins from my house.  

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2 hours ago, Logan S said:

Add to that the annoyance of not being able to park the trailer because the kayak and paddle board hoards can't read the "Trailer-Only" signs in the boat ramp lot...It's getting to the point I hardly want to go there even though it's 15 mins from my house.  

 

Ah, the recreational kayakers at the boat launch are the best.....love it when they decide to pump the air into the inflatable at the dock, or when they decide it's social hour at the dock, instead of loading up so the 4-5 boats waiting in the water can take out.

 

I've bought a seasonal pass the last couple years....and I never get close to the 15 or so trips to Little Seneca Lake to break even. I'll probably just pay the per day fee next year.

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2 hours ago, Deleted account said:

I hear this a lot from trout guys about LMB and LMB anglers...

Yea yea yea....And when the LMB anglers are illegally stocking LMB into places they shouldn't (or publicly supporting it)...They'd be right.  

 

 

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39 minutes ago, Logan S said:

Yea yea yea....And when the LMB anglers are illegally stocking LMB into places they shouldn't (or publicly supporting it)...They'd be right.  

You honestly don't believe folks move bass around clandestinely? 

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6 hours ago, Deleted account said:

You honestly don't believe folks move bass around clandestinely? 

 

They need to move all they can to the Upper Potomac. 

 

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3 hours ago, Fried Lemons said:

I did decently for Potomac smallies this year compared to the past few. Got a couple in the 18-20" range. The spots I can reach are fairly limited too so I am sure there are plenty more out there.

 

I can't get to the places where the bigger fish are. 

 

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I would love to get more into fishing the Upper Potomac, but its such a vast body of water that I never know where to start.  I am starting to look into camping options up there to make it easier to spend more hours on the water.  

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On 11/2/2022 at 3:44 PM, fishwizzard said:

I would love to get more into fishing the Upper Potomac, but its such a vast body of water that I never know where to start.  I am starting to look into camping options up there to make it easier to spend more hours on the water.  

 

I can take you out next year. 

 

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Hello everyone.

 

I'm visiting the DC area from East Tennessee, and I'm staying in Takoma Park. I've been here for a week and have a few more days to get out to fish.  

 

I haven't had much luck on the two outings I've been on.  I first went to Triadelphia reservoir and yesterday out of Riley's Lock.  Both days the wind was just too much because I'm a kayak fisherman.  Wind and chilly conditions made it rough yesterday at Riley's Lock.  

 

I'm targeting smallies and largemouth and just looking for suggestions on my best options this time of year.  Back home it's a good time for them, just not sure around here. When paddling around at Riley's yesterday I couldn't see much fish on my Garmin.  The water was about 5-7 feet and I don't know if that's the norm out there.  Seemed low to me, but that's an assumption that might be wrong.  

 

Within 45 minutes from Takoma Park, where should I check out?  Is fishing decent this time of year?  

 

Travis

 

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On 12/3/2022 at 6:38 AM, xman1102 said:

Hello everyone.

 

I'm visiting the DC area from East Tennessee, and I'm staying in Takoma Park. I've been here for a week and have a few more days to get out to fish.  

 

I haven't had much luck on the two outings I've been on.  I first went to Triadelphia reservoir and yesterday out of Riley's Lock.  Both days the wind was just too much because I'm a kayak fisherman.  Wind and chilly conditions made it rough yesterday at Riley's Lock.  

 

I'm targeting smallies and largemouth and just looking for suggestions on my best options this time of year.  Back home it's a good time for them, just not sure around here. When paddling around at Riley's yesterday I couldn't see much fish on my Garmin.  The water was about 5-7 feet and I don't know if that's the norm out there.  Seemed low to me, but that's an assumption that might be wrong.  

 

Within 45 minutes from Takoma Park, where should I check out?  Is fishing decent this time of year?  

 

Travis

 


The quality of the fishery isn’t amazing, but check out Clopper Lake.  It’s a small impoundment but it has some nice largemouth in it and has enough coves that you can usually hide from the wind of needed.   

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On 12/3/2022 at 9:38 AM, xman1102 said:

Within 45 minutes from Takoma Park, where should I check out?  Is fishing decent this time of year?  

 

I find this time of year tough for bass unless you find structure and fish slow. Or, you go to Four Mile Run which has a warm water discharge, there are countless YT fishing videos of people fishing there. You can launch at the Washington Sailing Marina for $20 (kinda pricey) or if you have a peddle yak, Gravelly Point is free.

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It's that time of year again...Time for me to spam the MD Thread :)

 

Check out the main post in the Bass Club forum here...

 

We are already gearing up 2023 and this year's schedule looks great.  FOBA is open to everyone, boater or co-angler, and is an open, friendly environment....Good for people new to tournament fishing or for guys that want something a little more personal (and less expensive) than something like a BFL trail (not knocking them, BFL's are great too).  

 

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Feel free to hit me up if you want any more info, either posting here or PM.  Even if you have zero interest in the club, you might find our site interesting with our tournament stats and lake/river stats - We keep detailed records and have been around a long time, so there's some good date on our local fisheries there.  

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Hey everyone, I’m new to bassresource, but have been fishing Maryland my whole life. I fish year round. My job my weekend availability, but I’m typically off at least once a week and get out on the kayak, but I bank fish just about every day from March through September, and weather permitting during the colder months. I’m trying to fish the Potomac more this year. I have little experience with it outside of a few attempts around Fort Washington 15 years ago. Any suggestions on where and when to start?

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17 hours ago, Pete Brewer said:

Hey everyone, I’m new to bassresource, but have been fishing Maryland my whole life. I fish year round. My job my weekend availability, but I’m typically off at least once a week and get out on the kayak, but I bank fish just about every day from March through September, and weather permitting during the colder months. I’m trying to fish the Potomac more this year. I have little experience with it outside of a few attempts around Fort Washington 15 years ago. Any suggestions on where and when to start?

 

Questions: What do you want to target? The Potomac is a vast water system, is there an area you want to focus on first? Seasonal patterns depends on what and where you want to fish for too. Do you plan to use your kayak to fish the Potomac, or just bank fish?

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On 1/23/2023 at 12:31 AM, Junger said:

 

Questions: What do you want to target? The Potomac is a vast water system, is there an area you want to focus on first? Seasonal patterns depends on what and where you want to fish for too. Do you plan to use your kayak to fish the Potomac, or just bank fish?

I fully plan on using the kayak for the Potomac. I’d like to hit the river and creeks from around Mattawoman creek, Piscataway, that general area up to the Monocacy. I know the southern bit of that will have a lot of snakeheads mixed in, but that’s basically any river or creek in the state south of Frederick county. I’ve heard conflicting stories as to whether or not they’ve made it up there but I’m sure they’re not far from the Monocacy and points further north.
I enjoy catching bass, and have a lot more experience with largemouth than smallies. I’m happy to go anywhere as I enjoy the challenge that comes with new water. I’ve isolated a few targets in Mattawoman and Piscataway from google earth that looked promising, but I’m looking for guidance and maybe someone to meet up and fish with. I don’t want or expect anyone to volunteer their best spots, but a general “that Creek is better towards the mouth than the back in the spring” to point me in the right direction. 

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Upper Potomac - You'll be able to launch a kayak easily from Riley's Lock, but there are some other accessible spots if you can drag your kayak. Look for eddy's, deeper holes, timber. I like topwater early and late during the day in the summer on the UP.

 

Lower Potomac - Roaches Run is a good spot for a kayak. It's a protected tidal pond with LMB, crappie, snakeheads. Fish the underpass bridge with a moving tide, in the summer the pads in the northern section will come up and is great for frogging. Fish the laydowns around the deeper sections.

 

Mattawoman - You can launch from Slavin's, Masons Springs, or near the mouth at Smallwood State Park. I fish this creek the most, and I usually launch at Slavin's. During the spring/early summer, I go towards the mouth of the creek and fish emerging pads, main points, and timber. During the summer, I try to get farther from other boats and go deeper into the pads or up the creek. That's probably the same pattern I would use for the other creeks too, like Aquia and Chicamuxen. I find the outgoing tide better when the grass and pads are fully grown in by mid June.

 

 

 

 

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In a kayak on the lower Potomac, I'd stick to Slavins and the no wake area of Mattawoman.  Pohick is another good launch option.  You can realistically fish from any boat ramp, but I wouldn't want to be in a kayak on the main river or in the big water of the major creeks...

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1 hour ago, Junger said:

Upper Potomac - You'll be able to launch a kayak easily from Riley's Lock, but there are some other accessible spots if you can drag your kayak. Look for eddy's, deeper holes, timber. I like topwater early and late during the day in the summer on the UP.

 

Lower Potomac - Roaches Run is a good spot for a kayak. It's a protected tidal pond with LMB, crappie, snakeheads. Fish the underpass bridge with a moving tide, in the summer the pads in the northern section will come up and is great for frogging. Fish the laydowns around the deeper sections.

 

Mattawoman - You can launch from Slavin's, Masons Springs, or near the mouth at Smallwood State Park. I fish this creek the most, and I usually launch at Slavin's. During the spring/early summer, I go towards the mouth of the creek and fish emerging pads, main points, and timber. During the summer, I try to get farther from other boats and go deeper into the pads or up the creek. That's probably the same pattern I would use for the other creeks too, like Aquia and Chicamuxen. I find the outgoing tide better when the grass and pads are fully grown in by mid June.

 

 

 

 

I try to stay out of the way of boat traffic. My first real trip out in the kayak I had a guy blow by me way too close. While I managed to not flip or lose any rods or gear, my cell phone ended up in about 30’ of water in the gunpowder. Fortunately, that was a relatively minor inconvenience. I appreciate that I can pin my kayak in a foot of water with no issue, but also realize the limitations that would make a boat more practical sometimes. 
 

Thanks for the tips. I’m mapping and plotting as I type this. Is Farmington Landing practical as well, or would you advise against it? Looking at Google Earth, it looks relatively close to some shallower water that may be promising in the spring.

1 hour ago, Logan S said:

In a kayak on the lower Potomac, I'd stick to Slavins and the no wake area of Mattawoman.  Pohick is another good launch option.  You can realistically fish from any boat ramp, but I wouldn't want to be in a kayak on the main river or in the big water of the major creeks...

I definitely appreciate the advice. I try to stay out of the open waters as the kayak is limited in what it can handle. If I were to go in the main river, it would be well north of DC, probably beyond great falls, but south of point of rocks. That seems to be a little more doable and practical than dragging the kayak out at national harbor. 
 

I’ll look at pohick and slavins. Is Piscataway worth trying?

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