Lower Ramp Fees for Fisherman

By Steve Chaconas   Lower Ramp Fees for Fishermen   Tournament boat launching fees have been reduced at Leesylvania State Park. An “extra” $2 fee has been levied on tournament boaters in Virginia for 10 years; however, on March 13 it was dropped.   No one is really sure why the fee was levied in […]

Hauling Bass

By Steve Chaconas   Hauling Bass   Haul seining doesn’t come up in conversation unless you’re chatting with Potomac River guide Capt. George Martin.   In 2015, Capt. Martin observed the practice of staking one end of a long net and dragging it out to the end and then making a loop to return to […]

Potomac Prognostication

By Steve Chaconas   Potomac Prognostication   The Potomac River Fisheries Commission held its third annual symposium to discuss the status of the Potomac River largemouth bass fishery. Virginia, DC, and Maryland provided a look at the fishery management mosaic and opened a dialog for regulatory consistency. The latest fisheries data was revealed to members […]

Grass Comeback

By Steve Chaconas   Grass Comeback For Tidal Potomac bass fishing, find grass, find bass. Subaquatic vegetation comes in many species, taking root in shallow flats, bays and creeks. This changes every season, but one thing is sure, milfoil is the preferred grass for bass and bass anglers.   Native grass like water celery would […]

Arresting Angler

By Steve Chaconas   Formerly pursuing bad guys, DC police officer Jeff Greene is now chasing fish on the Upper Potomac River. His squad car has been replaced by a jet drive fishing boat designed for the shallow rocky waters just outside DC. No more issuing tickets. Instead, the guide creates fishing memories.   Why […]

My Fly is Open

By Steve Chaconas   My Fly is Open   The best thing about an annual fishing trip is that it takes place every year. After fishing 200 days a year on the Potomac River, venturing to new water is always exciting and a new challenge.   The Upper James River winds its way through southwest […]

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 […]