No Fishing on the Potomac River

By Steve Chaconas   No Fishing on the Potomac River Catch and Return or no fishing areas were defeated in last month’s Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDDNR) Black Bass Advisory Subcommittee (BBAS). On the table were possible open-ended closures of entire creeks like Piscataway and portions of other Potomac and Upper Chesapeake Bay creeks. […]

And the Winner is……

By Steve Chaconas   And the winner is…   No red carpet, beautiful people, or golden trophies at the world’s largest sportfishing industry trade show in July. The recreational fishing industry’s trade association, American Sportfishing Association (ASA), hosted ICAST 2016, the gathering of the domestic and international sportfishing trade. More than 15,000 people; exhibitors, buyers, […]

Somethings’s Fishy

One of the most frequently asked questions about the Potomac River is, “Can I eat the fish?” Well, you may not want to. In addition to urban runoff and sewage spills, there’s this. Dominion Power owns and operates the Possum Point Power plant located between Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. Power plants were located close […]

Up for Sail!

By Steve Chaconas Up for Sail! Boat ownership got much better 50 years ago when Richard Schwartz founded BoatUS with a vision for better representation, safety and providing quality services at competitive prices. Today the range of boats covered has grown, including bass boats, and critical boating issues have expanded. The impetus for starting the […]

Oh No! Not Another Tie!

By Steve Chaconas Oh no, not another tie! Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you are in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the guy who was always […]

Adopting a Sport

By Steve Chaconas Adopting a Sport In February Edwin Evers won bass fishing’s Super Bowl, the Bassmaster Classic, with a massive five fish, 29-pound final day haul. Evers’ name will be forever be etched in stone amongst fellow Classic champions. While Evers was the sole angler to hoist the championship trophy, another angler should be […]

Wally World

By Steve Chaconas   Wally World   Saying goodbye to winter isn’t easy for ice anglers. In February, Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were frozen solid. Minneapolis St Paul Airport, the 11th busiest US travel hub, wasn’t bad until going to another terminal. There were no signs or directions until arriving at the appropriate terminal. Walked so […]

Potomac River Fished Out?

By Steve Chaconas   Potomac River Fished Out?   In light of last month’s Dominion Power oil spill, sewage discharges in DC and Maryland, and Dominion Power dumping water from coal ash ponds into the Potomac, it’s no wonder the areas anglers are concerned. Fishing has been declining over the last 5 years. Last month […]

Playing Possum

By Steve Chaconas   Playing Possum   The Potomac River appears to be a pristine waterway, the clear result of 1960s Clean Water legislation. Subaquatic vegetation and better awareness has resulted in a cleaner river that President Lyndon Johnson had called a “national disgrace!” Now eyes are being directed toward a potentially disastrous event that […]

Sea to Shore Activism

By Steve Chaconas   Covering fishing’s conservation issues for 30 years, Robert U. Montgomery has told the stories, others can’t or won’t, to preserve and protect the outdoors for future generations.   High school English/journalism teacher dabbling as a freelancer, Montgomery cranked out articles and sent them to every editor. In 1982, Southern Outdoors Magazine’s […]