Freshwater Fishing

January 15, 2020
Hatchery-raised rainbows may not be as wary as wild trout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy to catch all the time, either. Sure, there are days when you’ll fill your stringer in minutes…
January 11, 2020
If we get a decent Mid-Atlantic ice fishing season this year, many anglers will employ tip-ups. But these much-maligned devices are anything but set-it-and-forget-it pieces of equipment. In fact, how…
December 18, 2019
With only a very narrow window of 48-hours of safe ice fishing conditions last winter, I still somehow managed to dodge this snow event and that cold spell to put a pretty good hurtin’ on bass,…
November 26, 2019
With such a wide variety of fish to target in our area, it’s easy to overlook one of the most reliable sources for a fun fight that we have access to in the Delmarva region: catfish. Whether you’re…
November 21, 2019
Okay, I admit it: up until this past winter had I stopped targeting chain pickerel in specific, for many, many years. They aren’t an ideal food-fish, while other winter species like yellow perch and…
November 9, 2019
Question: what species of fish is considered throughout much of the world to be one of the smartest, most challenging, largest freshwater fishing targets out there? A fish that anglers spend untold…
October 30, 2019
Yes, water temps are falling, but no, that doesn’t mean your snakehead adventures are over for the season – you just need to alter the tactics a bit. As things cool off the standard topwater bite on…
October 19, 2019
You want to catch some mega-monster fall slab crappie? Of course you do! And casting artificials is a great way to put ‘em in the cooler. When you set out to target these fish, remember these three…
August 26, 2019
The great snakehead debate continues as these invasive but exciting fish multiply in our region and by now, odds are that you have either heard of, hooked, or maybe even landed a few Northern…
August 22, 2019
Monster catfish are known to swim in the Chesapeake and its tributaries, but what about freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds? They are out there – big, barrel-chested fish that are ready to fight.…
July 18, 2019
Okay, just because you own a fishing boat don’t click out just yet - let’s talk about wade fishing and why you shouldn’t limit yourself to casting against the shoreline or zipping across the lake to…
June 26, 2019
Since I was a child growing up one of my favorite ways to fish was hopping into a local stream in quest for swift-water smallmouth bass, and years later I would own a car, and rivers such as the…
May 28, 2019
I’ve been fishing for a few years now and the majority of that time I’ve fished from the shore of rivers, lakes, and ponds. My earliest memories of fishing are from the time I lived in Kansas and…
May 17, 2019
Stocked trout have caught your attention? Or, maybe some big bluegills are swimming around in that pond? Then we sure hope you’re familiar with Float-N-Fly tactics, because especially on breezy days…
April 20, 2019
Trout fishing in the spring is alluring in every way, whether you're thinking about loading a stringer with stocked rainbow trout from a local pond or chasing the wild trout of the Gunpowder. Every…
April 9, 2019
Fishing for snakeheads has become quite popular, and in many areas the impact of their arrival seems to be more or less harmless to the aquatic ecosystem. In fact, in the Potomac River – ground-zero…
March 13, 2019
It’s still cold but temps in the mid-50s and bright sun has you itching to hit the water, you don't have the time to drive to one of the top spring perch run hotspots, and the wild trout are off…
February 26, 2019
In my early days of my fly fishing career, wild trout was my primary target species. I couldn’t get to a trout stream nearly as often as I wanted, because it would require parental supervision. But I…