|Potomac river toothy fish.|
|First fish on Friday.|
I went fishing at one of the spots I normally go to. Should come up with a nickname for it since I usually hit this spot in the area. Maybe "The Plateau" -- the rocky terrain under the water forms kind of a plateau for 50 yards that drops off a couple feet on the downriver side. You can't see it for the most part unless you wade out in the river.
Anyway, I caught a couple smallmouth bass in about an hour, one dink and this chunky one that was about 12 inches. Both were on a Reaction Innovations Little Dipper. During the summer, the water is usually too low for crank/jerk baits, but it was running a couple feet higher than normal. Since I felt confident that I wouldn't snag it, I tried a Rapala Shadow Rap for a little while ... and had zero interest from the fish.
|Chunky 12-inch smallmouth|
Well on that first cast, I had a fish hit. Reeled it in and to my surprise it was a walleye! It measured right at 15 inches (fish pictured at top of page). A couple casts later, another fish -- this time a smallmouth, but it freed itself right at the bank. A few casts later, another fish -- another smallmouth, but this stayed on the hook. This one was 12 inches but not as chunky as the one earlier.
And after that, nothing. It was like a switch turned off, and the fish stopped biting.
After that, I tried a Whopper Plopper and again the fish weren't interested. In fact, I have yet to even get a bite on topwater lures yet this year. But I'll keep trying them until the fish want them.
|I saw this turtle on the bank near "The Plateau" on Friday. |
When I went back on Saturday, it was there again!
Saturday morning, I woke up early and headed downriver to an area that has large exposed rocky formations. Usually. Most of the rocks were submerged, and the river was flowing fast. I couldn't get the fish to bite so I moved up to where Antietam Creek flows into the Potomac. Usually this area is really shallow, but I figured with the higher water would hold some fish. I managed to catch one cookie-cutter smallmouth on an orange/black Z-Man TRD Finesse Worm.
After Karen made breakfast, I went back to The Plateau and caught one cookie-cutter smallmoth. So that made the tally five smallmouth and a walleye on this trip. Not too shabby, but it pales in comparison with what happened the next time we went fishing.
|Antietam Creek Aqueduct.|