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Posted on December 6, 2012 | Permalink

Tidal Walleye, etc.

Type: Freshwater
Region: Various
Location: Washington DC, Mather Gorge, Blue Plains/Spoils

I've heard from various sources that there are walleye below Chain Bridge in the tidal Potomac, but they have always eluded me… until this last weekend that is. I found the fish hugging the bottom in 74 feet of water. This one was caught vertical jigging a 1/2oz. Jig head tipped with half of a night crawler. My humminbird showed many fish in the same area, but I didn't have the time to fish it. I will be returning soon.

Fishing action has been good in general with lots of aggressive fish willing to take artificials. I caught this smallmouth in the Mather Gorge area in one of the slackwater pools on the MD side at Bear Island. There were numerous others in the area, but most were dinks. There are also large numbers of giant rock bass around the base of the falls in the slackwater area between Rocky Islands and the big eddy on the MD side south of them. Most caught were larger than the smallmouth in the area, with some fish at 12" and up.

Largemouth and crappie fishing has also been excellent in areas where there are warm water discharges. I have caught some monster crappie in the last month, with some fish measuring 16" or larger, and likely in the 3-3.5lb. Range. This largemouth was caught while crappie fishing with a 1/16oz. Jig head tipped with a 2" purple/silver fleck grub.

Slow jigging has been the go to technique for all of my fishing as of late. My only advice is to use the lightest weight possible to give the most natural presentation.

Tags: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, rock bass