John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on June 13, 2013 | Permalink
Good Fishing on the Potomac
Location: Upper Potomac
Fishing has been good on the upper Potomac River. On a recent trip we landed many bass, including this plump fish caught by fellow biologist Mark Toms. The bass were aggressive, and apparently a bit too competitive, as I landed two bass at the same time! Although we were targeting smallmouth using jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and tubes, several Redbreast Sunfish and Channel Catfish also took our lures adding to the fun. Recent heavy downpours, however, have raised river levels and muddied the river in many areas. With more storms predicted, some sections may not be fishable for a while. Localized storms can muddy the water in one area while much better conditions can be found further upstream. Be sure to check levels, including the tributaries, before heading out. Potomac River bass fishermen please consider reporting your catch through our online volunteer survey. It's quick, easy, and the information will help us monitor changes in the bass population and fishing over time.