John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 12, 2014 | Permalink
Action Picking up on the Upper Potomac
Location: Upper Potomac
The snow and ice jambs have finally melted away and river temperatures are now in the 40s. With the recent hint of spring, both fish and fishermen are beginning to stir. The Walleye action has been consistent with fish taking a variety of jigs and crankbaits. This time of year Walleye are constantly on the move and fishermen should be too if they want to consistently find them. Greg Myers and I spent a recent cold day on the river in search of Walleye. We had to do just that, but by days end we did manage to catch and release about a dozen between 18 and 22 inches, mostly on ¼ oz jigs fished tight to the bottom. The bites were subtle, no more than a slight “tick” of the line as the jig swept downstream. Dave Baker was also out recently and caught some nice smallmouth and a bonus Walleye.
Always check river levels before planning a trip (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/marfc/Forecasts/ ) and PFDs must be worn from November 15 through May 15 (see page 27 in 2014 Maryland Fishing Guide for details).