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#1 Nov-07-19 1:39PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1514

Upper Potomac 11/7/19

I got out solo to fish pre-cold front.  I was on the water about 7:30am.  Cloudy and a little breezy with air temps starting in the upper 40's and rising to about 60 degrees.  Water was just about 50 degrees.  I tried my walleye spot first, but no bites.  I headed way up to where Ernie and I fished on Tuesday.  There was a boat in the hole I wanted to fish, so I tried the tail end of an island with no bites.  Water was way clearer than Tuesday upriver.  The other boater moved, so I worked my way back to the hole and worked it for close to an hour.  Conditions were different, with a slight drop in level and clear water.  No bites. 

I decided to move downstream and try the creek mouth.  I am glad I did because I got bit immediately by a brightly colored 15" LM.
https://i.imgur.com/MqBMkiX.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/0AYCcUM.jpg
Soon after I hooked a better one that was 17" and chunky.
https://i.imgur.com/DgtVsOA.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ZdrE43y.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/suzhIS2.jpg
I caught a smaller one and then another 17"er that was long and skinny.
https://i.imgur.com/SDsZDk4.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/dPpj5vV.jpg
The tube bite slowed and I tried a dropshot ned rig with 2 ned type baits.  I caught one smaller LM on the dropshot hook.  I got snagged a few times and think I scared any fish that were left.  5 out of that hole was good though.  I tried to run up the creek, but the water was low and I hit a couple rocks.  I worked my way back slowly and ate lunch in the creek.

I tried the hole again, but the wind was working against me and I got snagged again, so I moved back downstream  I tried some rocks and wood on the MD side, but it was heavily stained there and I got no bites.  I tried the island rocks, but nothing there.  I tried to float the island, but it was too low and clear there.  I finally went back toward the MD side where there are a couple deeper holes.  I downsized to my clear water grub and was casting around quite a bit.  Just as I was about parallel to the next island, I was almost slow dragging the grub and I hooked a dink smallie.  It was maybe 10 inches long, yellowish and had been eating pretty well,  I was happy to catch at least one smallie.  The rain was approaching and it was about 3:00pm, so I headed back to the ramp.  I made it home before the rain really started.

I will take 6 fish in November!  Now for the snow!  Ugh!

Last edited by drxfish (Nov-07-19 1:48PM)


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#2 Nov-07-19 3:09PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: Upper Potomac 11/7/19

LMB now rule the UP!

Good job getting some!


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#3 Nov-08-19 2:57AM

Bruce
Northern Snakehead
From: Frederick, MD
Registered: Nov-12-11
Posts: 282

Re: Upper Potomac 11/7/19

So where are all of these largemouths coming from all of a sudden? And where did all the smallies go to? Strange...

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#4 Nov-08-19 5:05AM

Ernie
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Re: Upper Potomac 11/7/19

Bruce wrote:

So where are all of these largemouths coming from all of a sudden?

They have always been there...

Bruce wrote:

And where did all the smallies go to?

That's the million dollar question...


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#5 Nov-08-19 7:18AM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1514

Re: Upper Potomac 11/7/19

The largies come in from the creeks.  Some stay.  They used to be more prevalent and there were big ones in the river.  I hope this is a sign that they are re-establishing in the main river.  Maybe not though.


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