John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on January 2, 2013 | Permalink
Location: Upper Potomac River
While other species can become dormant during the winter, walleye are still stirring and provide winter fishing action for those willing to endure the cold. Dodging snow storms and high winds, we found very good walleye fishing on the upper Potomac River. Jigs fished deep and near the bottom were most effective, but the bites were subtle and easy to miss. On the Potomac mainstem only walleye 15" to a maximum of 20" may be kept from January 1 through April 15 to protect the stock of large females (check regulations for details). Also, boaters on the upper Potomac are required to wear a PFD while on the water from Nov. 15 through May 15, a good idea as water temperatures are now in the mid-30s. Winter fishing can be dangerous so take precautions, dress warm, and be safe.