Fishing News


Potomac Snakehead Terror

Posted by Lou on July 1, 2012 in Fishing News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

The Potomac River is infested with bloodthirsty, meat-eating Northern Snakeheads. They can breathe air and slither across land. They’re huge, ugly and invasive. That’s why the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises local anglers to kill all snakeheads.

Don’t think there are any snakeheads in your part of the Potomac? Think again. Angler James Berry has pulled snakeheads out of the Occoquan River, the Potomac near Fort Washington, Aquia Creek, Little Hunting Creek, Mattawoman Creek, and Chesapeake Beach.

Next time you go for a swim at Belmont Bay, watch your toes!

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

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Potomac River Healthiest in 50 Years

Posted by Lou on September 12, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Potomac River

According to the Washington Post, the Potomac River is now the healthiest that it has been since the 1950’s.

“The comeback has been closely tied to the Blue Plains treatment plant, which handles waste from the District and parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties. Its outflow is a river in itself: about 300 million gallons a day of treated sewage, enough to fill RFK Stadium.”

“In the past decade, responding to mandates from federal regulators, the plant has added $1 billion in new efforts that allow bacteria to consume the algae-feeding pollutant nitrogen in sewage.”

Read the full article at the Washington Post

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Bull Shark Mania!

Posted by Lou on September 7, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Pictures, Potomac River

I would be remiss if I did not mention the “Bull Shark in the Potomac River” frenzy that blew up on Facebook and the mainstream media while I was away. I tracked down the original reports and it wasn’t just one bull shark, it was two.

One was caught of Cornfield Harbor in extreme southern St. Mary’s county, MD. The NBC Washington website, which broke the “story” has a gruesome slideshow. The second was caught a bit farther north, near Tall Timbers, MD.

Both of these sharks were caught at the very, very edge of the Potomac River Watershed. So far south that one shark was actually caught by scientists collecting stingrays. This map shows where the bull sharks were caught:

The catches were very far away from Occoquan, almost 100 nautical miles south. Even down there, at the very edge of the Chesapeake Bay “you very, very rarely see them”, according to the Washington Post. Ok, no more bull shark jokes.

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Occoquan River Fishing Report

Posted by Lou on April 19, 2010 in Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River

Anybody interested in fishing in Northern Virginia should definitely check out Charlie Taylor’s fishing report column in the News & Messenger. To whet your appetite, here is Taylor’s fishing report for the Occoquan River from April 8, 2010:

Spring fishing at it’s finest. Herring have invaded the river, bringing with them the white perch, hickory shad, and stripers. These, combined with the resident channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass, are providing good action for anglers in the river. White perch anglers are filling coolers on bloodworms and nightcrawlers. Bass are taking plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits and crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs. Catfish still like cut herring.

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2010 Boat Show Season

Posted by Lou on January 24, 2010 in Boat Shows, Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Occoquan River

Once again, it’s boat show season in the Washington DC area.  There are 4 huge boat shows coming up soon:

Baltimore Boat Show: January 21-24
Fredericksburg Boat Show: January 28-31 (UPDATE: now begins on Thursday!)
Washington DC Boat Show: February 11-15
National Capital Boat Show (Dulles): March 12-14

The Washington DC boat show was postponed in 2009 due to lack of exhibitor financial strength. I have already heard some rumblings that the show may be canceled again this year. The National Capital Boat Show at the Dulles Expo Center has become the biggest, best show in the area.

Looking over new boats in 2010, the Sea Ray Sundancer 450 really jumps out at me: Zeus pod drives with joystick control, fiberglass hardtop with a huge retractable sunroof, and a well-appointed media room! Watch a video review.

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Occoquan Reservoir Best For Largemouth Bass

Posted by Lou on June 3, 2009 in Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River

State Record LMB Low Res 2

Hard to believe but each year biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shock the hell out of our lakes and rivers to determine where the best fishing is to be had.

The sampling with the powerful probes was conducted during day hours. The biologists targeted largemouth bass, primarily those of 15 inches or more since those are the kind of bass most anglers prefer.

The 2,100-acre Occoquan Reservoir has the most largemouth bass. It had the highest CPE-P (catch per effort of preferred fish) and the highest relative stock density. In other words, check it out. This lake is very good for fishing.

On a final note, the largemouth bass pictured above (16lbs. 4oz.) is the largest ever caught in the commonwealth of Virginia. It was hooked by Richard Tate on May 20, 1985 at Connor Lake. Click here to see all record fish caught in Virginia.

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