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    Has every one given up fishing, or is the river really that bad?

  • #2
    Dunno about the Potomac but the rivers in SW VA are still a mess. Drove over the New yesterday - it's still choco milk. I've read reports from our region that shared similar observations for the Roanoke, Dan, and Blackwater Rivers. I'm headed to NE TN later today - I'm sure I'll see the same thing on the Holston River.

    Gotta keep in mind how much rain the state got. NOVA and western VA were hammered. We complained about the 6-10" we got here during this last storm. Y'all prob saw almost 2x that. That's a lot of water.
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    • #3
      How true.

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      • #4
        Holston north fork is clear, main fork is still heavily stained (but not as bad as the New). We gonna be living w/ this for s while.
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        • #5
          Water is definitely stained and the grass (what little there was) is quickly dying off, but there are plenty of fish to be caught and a lot of bait in the creeks. Should only get better with the cooler days and nights
          Catching largemouth on frogs is like finding the last beer in the fridge.rink:

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          • #6
            I haven't been on the river in the past few weeks but the river wasn't bad in terms of catching bass. Lots of bass being caught. There will still be some good grass left and fish that. Fish wood in creeks and drops and you should do ok. The more good grass you can find, the clearer the water will be and that will help.
            1st Place VA East FOMNTT Potomac River 2006, VA East FOMNTT Big Bag 2006, VAO Frog Only Tournament Winner 2011

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            • #7
              Thanks for the help. Grandson and I will hit it Monday and hope we don't freeze.

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              • #8
                I bought a surf rod to try my hand at that while on vacation. A whole week at the beach and I got to spend approximately 1 hour casting Daiwa Salt Pro minnow into the surf and manage to catch a bluefish. I was hoping to snag into something a little more substantial but the bluefish at least avoided a skunk trying something for the first time. That said, I made a few mistakes.

                1. I didn't realize how big the Penn reel would be and I didn't read the specs carefully. I put 300 hundred yards of 30 pound test on it and probably could have put another 200. I'm thinking of trying to salvage that line and respool it on a baitcaster I have sitting in the garage.
                If I ever am down there again in October, I will be upgrading to at least 50 lb test. That said, I could still make decent casts that more than enough covered the area I needed to hit. The baitfish were thick in the surf closest to land. I could see them and the blues hitting them.

                2. I saw some videos of Youtube guys fishing that minnow and decided that is what i would try. I hate cut bait and messing around with it. Artificial is definitely the way to go, but I should have brought a better arsenal of lures.

                3. Perhaps the surf rod was overkill and I could have used my inshore set up. Still not sure about it as the bluefish wasn't very big but still managed to bow the rod pretty substantially in the surf. All I know is my back started killing me with all that casting and retrieving.
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                • #9
                  Still pretty quiet...

                  Thinking about hitting the river this weekend. Had one guy tell me the grass is either way behind or not coming up at all in some usual spots. Anybody been out for bass lately?

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                  • #10
                    a buddy that fished it last week told me they found very little grass so far
                    Make VAO Great again

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                    • #11
                      Ugh that sucks. Might have to go somewhere else.

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                      • #12
                        Bryan, I was out Friday and did well. Pick a creek and fish shallow around cover and you will be fine.
                        1st Place VA East FOMNTT Potomac River 2006, VA East FOMNTT Big Bag 2006, VAO Frog Only Tournament Winner 2011

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                        • #13
                          Grass what grass, generally even after a harsh winter you will have grass sprouts coming up. Right now there is nothing. Haven't fished up in the creeks where they are easier targets but main river isbtough fishing, worst iveseen in in years. You know as well as I I've seen in high and low and this is a lowwww
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                          • #14
                            I went to Hunting Run instead. Did ok, caught a bunch of bass but nothing much more than 2lbs. Few pickerel too. Water is mid 60s so they're starting to bed.

                            With the lack of grass I bet every laydown on the Potomac had a boat on it on Saturday.

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