Mike Leiter, Recreational Angler
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Posted on November 27, 2012 | Permalink
Where are the Walleye and Bass
Location: Upper Potomac
I sure would like to know where in the upper Potomac the walleye and smallmouth are biting as noted in this week’s DNR report. My past three trips have yielded minimal results. Yesterday I spent 4 hours around White Rock above Hancock with no bites. Indeed despite the wonderfully clear water I saw only 1 fish. Any ideas and information you can provide will be appreciated.
DNR Response: The Potomac River has been very low and clear, which can make fishing difficult. Our electrofishing surveys at Hancock in 2011 yielded very high catch rates of smallmouth bass and good numbers of quality size bass as well. Unfortunately, low flows prevented us from conducting a survey at Hancock during the fall of 2012. Surveys conducted at other sites on the Potomac, however, have shown a decline in the number of 10 - 12" bass due to poor recruitment in 2008 and 2009. Recruitment improved slightly 2010 - 2012, but has remained near or below the long term median at most locations. Flooding is the most significant factor in determining yearclass strength for river smallmouth populations.