Freshwater Fishing

January 16, 2022
As the water temperatures start to drop there is no need to stop dropping jigs on top of schooling crappie. Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, you will find black crappie in most reservoirs, rivers,…
January 8, 2022
Anyone who's ever tried Chesapeake Bay Fishing has almost certainly stumbled into a tackle store to grab some lures at one time or another, and struggled to pick which colors to go with. With a…
January 6, 2022
For timely, up-to-date fishing intel, visit our Fishing Reports pages. Current reports will be published every Friday by noon — just in time for your weekend fishing adventures. For the long view…
December 21, 2021
Blade baits and largemouth bass in the Mid-Atlantic zone… hmmm. I always thought it was a Mid-South, cold weather Tennessee Valley type of gig for deep-water spotted bass, and maybe some white bass…
December 15, 2021
Cold water means active trout, but with most of the fall stockers being caught out by the time there’s a possibility of snow in the forecast, that means you’ll need to fool some savvy fish. Casting…
December 11, 2021
With fall weather here and winter just around the corner, many of us may be thinking about hanging up our paddles and ending kayak fishing for the season. But don’t be so quick to do that, because…
November 29, 2021
For timely, up-to-date fishing intel, visit our Fishing Reports pages. Current reports will be published every Friday by noon — just in time for your weekend fishing adventures. For the long view…
November 27, 2021
To Chesapeake Bay fishing sharpies and non-fishers alike, the names are unmistakably Native American in nature: Pocomoke, Wicomico, Rappahannock, and of course, Susquehanna. These Chesapeake tribs…
November 15, 2021
When the temps drop it’s prime pickerel season in these here parts — here are some tips that will help you get those toothy critters on the line. Note the water temperature on the fishfinder, at…
October 27, 2021
Most people who know me know that I have a longstanding addiction to panfish species, especially bluegill and crappie. Throw in the possibility of catching trophy-class fish and the addiction only…
October 19, 2021
Throughout the year, a few close friends and I head out to the upper James River and spend time targeting one of my favorite Virginian fish, the smallmouth bass. Pound for pound they are one of the…
October 6, 2021
You say you want to tie into some late season largemouth bass before cold weather slows down the bite? Fishing a Ned rig will help make it happen — here’s the drill: Get in on the bass bite, before…
September 26, 2021
As the summer sun starts to hang lower in the sky and autumn begins to move in, our tactics for targeting snakeheads need to change. Keeping in mind that the optimum water temperature range for…
August 30, 2021
More than two decades ago famed bass angler Ned Kehde, of In Fisherman fame, created the now classic “Ned rig” for finesse bass anglers and multi-species fishermen. Basically, it’s a light jig head…
August 3, 2021
Fishing for walleye from a boat and from shore are two very different things, and if you’re on foot standard-issue boat tactics often won’t produce. The next time you’re rambling along a river or…
July 18, 2021
It’s early July and I’m snakehead fishing the Blackwater in Dorchester County, MD, with my friend Julian. We set out to catch a few snakeheads to take home for dinner and launch our kayaks a little…
July 9, 2021
Although many different species of snakehead exist, the Northern snakehead are the ones to look out for when fishing in Chesapeake country—and as you surely know, fishing for snakeheads has become…
June 16, 2021
My good friend Alvie Sickle had told me there were certain sections within the Monocacy River watershed where five, six, even 10-pound channel catfish could be had — with the chance of even bigger…