Freshwater Fishing

June 24, 2024
You say there's only one "right" way to catch trout? Step aside, fly guys. Conventional fishermen can experience the thrill and beauty of brown trout, too. Catching browns on spinning gear is not…
June 20, 2024
This month Capt. Kayla Haile of River Queen Guide Service joins us for some smallmouth bass fishing Q & A. Captain Kayla scores on the smallmouth! Q: What are your top tips for targeting…
June 9, 2024
Spring crappie fishing is a glorious thing — meaty slabs that taste great, bobbers going under, and the tug of a big panfish coupled with the joys of family fishing. Great times, great memories. But…
May 16, 2024
The small creeks and streams of Southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland like Antietam, Big Pipe, Marsh, Conococheague, Conewago, Gunpowder, Codorus, Toms, Yellow Breeches, Octoraro, Monocacy,…
May 11, 2024
Kayak fishing is fun, no matter what you’re fishing for — it’s productive, scenic, and offers much to soothe the soul as we paddle along our varied waterways. The same can be said for fishing from…
April 17, 2024
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in fishing, but in recent years targeting blue catfish has become about as close as it gets in many Maryland waterways. Channel cats have been around for decades…
April 15, 2024
Snakeheads may like it hot, but if you choose the right spot and make the right moves April can be a great month for targeting them. These three spring snakehead fishing tips will help light a fire…
February 16, 2024
Yes, we know it's chilly and the summer species we love to chase after have long departed the Chesapeake Bay fishing scene, but that doesn't mean you can't get a bend in your rod. Layer up, brew some…
February 13, 2024
Throughout much of our region local and state agencies stock what has come to be known as the golden trout, which traditionally supplements routine stockings of rainbow trout and have been heralded…
January 11, 2024
Maybe there’s a warm day being forecast and you want to take advantage of the decent weather. Maybe you heard there’s an unexpected bite going off and you don’t want to miss out. Or, maybe you’re…
November 18, 2023
Editor’s Note: We’ve covered catch and release best practices more than once, but in the past year have received numerous letters and emails from concerned anglers asking us to beat that drum again…
November 4, 2023
Cold fronts are pushing through and a chill has crept into the air — in freshwater venues and upper tidal rivers throughout our corner of the world, crappie will be trying to pack on the pounds…
October 10, 2023
Walking the bank of a mountain stream in search of native brook trout is a fine way to calm the nerves — your nerves, that is. Those brookies are as jumpy as any fish on the face of the planet, they…
September 16, 2023
Trees lying in the water present something of a conundrum: we know they create some serious fish-attracting structure, but we also know they’re magnificent snag-machines. What tactics can you use to…
September 1, 2023
Fishing reports published in print are generalized and weeks may have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely up-to-date reports, visit our Fishing Reports online. Current…
August 13, 2023
Flukes are a great choice for fooling predators into pouncing, especially when you need a weedless option that sinks slowly and can be used in shallow water and/or thick cover. And yes, largemouth…
August 1, 2023
Fishing reports published in print are generalized and weeks may have passed before the report gets into your hands, so for timely up-to-date reports, visit our Fishing Reports online. Current…
July 23, 2023
Welcome to the heat of mid-summer, FishTalkers! Though it can get mighty hot out there this month, I absolutely love August because we usually have so many overlapping species cruising through my…