Take a smallmouth break right next to the C&O towpath.
Sadly, I had to take this book off the market. Private property owners shut down access to the Rappahannock at the end of Richards Ferry Road. Tragic! It only required allowing folks to cross around 30 yards in a remote corner they owned to get to the public property. Since fishing the Confluence was the …
The most detailed guide on Wade and Shoreline Fishing ever published for the Upper Potomac Prior to publication, the book was “fact checked” by numerous members of the Potomac River Smallmouth Club and New Horizon Bass Anglers. All their recommendations were included in the final volume. Here is some of the feedback: “I read your book …
I looked for snakeheads and found bass.
Has potential… a few small bass… blown out by kayakers this trip
No trailer mounted boat access.
A much easier time the second day.. but there were a few sporty drops for the basscanoe to overcome.
The basscanoe takes on whitewater!
Another really nice summer destinatio
Big water …but limited to electric motors…
Big water …but limited to electric motors..
Not really worth it
Packed, packed, packed!
Huntsman is within spittin’ distance of Burke Lake
Take a smallmouth break right next to the C&O towpath.
A top producing bass lake a short drive away from the Arundel Mills Bass Pro Shop. Need muskie? Got them as well.
Breckenridge Reservoir, at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, continues to be one of my favorite small lakes close to home. I was in trouble with the Basswife because I had not taken her fishing as much as she wanted to go last year. Therefore, on the first good day where there was the possibility of …
Skunked on a pretty lake
An apparently unpressured treasure protected by a steep 0.5 mile hike.
A nice spot with easy wading upstream.
Sandy…. not worth it.
Royal Lake is not well known, but looks good.
A fisherman’s tribute
A good family picnic/fishing spot
Sadly, I had to take this book off the market. Private property owners shut down access to the Rapidan at the end of Richards Ferry Road. Tragic! It only required allowing folks to cross around 30 yards in a remote corner they owned to get to the public property. Since fishing the Confluence was the …
Another nice small lake tucked up in the George Washington National Forest
Nice looking small lake
This is a nice stocked lake west of Harrisonburg.
There is a nice bass pond tucked into the center of the WMA
A brand new lake is now open for boats!
Cedar Run is a surprising find tucked onto the southern boundary of the WMA.
The water containment pond next to the Best Buy in Woodbridge actually has bass!
The Upper Potomac is a fantastic smallmouth bass fishery!
The closer to Big Bend Campground, the poorer the water becomes for smallies
This has potential
Just upstream of Ketterman is great trout / smallmouth water
Two additional access points open up stretches of the SF of the Shenandoah
A breakdown cuts short our investigation of the mainstem of the ‘Doah near Riverton
smallmouth, bass, west virginia, south branch potomac,
south branch, trout
Goose Creek was deep and still in early October
Abel proves, once again, to be a good bass destination
Stop #1 on the South Branch
Good water upstream of the Alma boat launch
Recent short reports on: SF ‘Doah – two good access points
Rabidly aggressive catfish makes for an exciting day!
If you want to fish here, go early in the season before the lily pads proliferate.
If you are looking for bass, don’t come here. If you want to get some practice on your casting with instant feedback provided by a dense population of sunfish, this is the location for you.
The Newport public boat launch offers good fishing at the launch
This spot has some potential
A perspective on Maiden Landing west of Richmond
I did not see anything interesting on the lower Monocacy near the confluence with the Upper Potomac
This is why you should read this site before going someplace new….
A pretty gem of a lake protected by the requirement to have a Culpeper city permit for both fishing and boating.
Lake Frederick is a medium sized lake north of Front Royal
Lake Accotink sits in the middle of Fairfax… has a marina and has fish.
The fish were holding deep on that glorious warm day in late April that marked the start of the bass season for me.
A post to remind everyone… Bass season is not that far away!
After wasting the morning upstream of Ellicott City, I find this jewel.
Bass fishing opportunities at Quantico
Not worth the trip
Very pretty river!
Woodstock provides a quick smallie fix for those who make the 10 minute detour off I81
Morgan’s Ford was worth the trip
Nice, nice spot. But you have to bribe a black cat to guarantee good luck….
One last shot at the Pamunkey to see if it would be more productive downstream of Rt 301
The Mattaponi is not wadeable – you need a canoe or other boat
This turned out to be a big waste of time
I only had an hour or so to spend here. This spot is nice and needs much more time than that.
There have to be smallies here… but I did not find many
This lake is a keeper – plenty of action!
The downstream section of the Pamunkey looks a bit better than the upstream section.
The Pamunkey jolted us within 10 minutes of our arrival.
Buffalo Pond is managed for trophy bass.
Bull Run Creek is at the edge of Manassas at the upper reaches of the Occoquan Water Trail
The North Anna River is surprisingly good for smallies
Smith Mountain Lake is far too big for the Basscanoe at the state park launch ramp. I ducked into the side channels.
The Maury just looks too good. I had to stop here and fish.
The Shenandoah is back! It’s been 3 years since the major kill and the smallies are hungry.
Mountain Run is rated as the number 3 lake in Northern Virginia in the VDGIF 2008 rankings
The TOPO map did not show the lake at all! Great for seeing the underlying structure.
It’s worth the small cost of the permit to fish Lake Orange – sweet lake!
This is a nice looking lake – I understand why it is one of the top rated lakes in Northern VA
The Range 6 Pond is a small jewel tucked into the southern part of the Quantico Marine Corps Base
The South Branch has miles and miles of great looking water! The agony is, “Where to start?”
I strike gold on the Rivanna – caught and released a 22 inch smallie
This lake is huge! Thankfully, it is also narrow – making it perfect for the BassCanoe
Only parts are good
The New River is a top destination!
A small stream with a few smallmouth
Not much action in the catch and release section of the Patapsco in the middle of winter
A real treasure, a pleasure to visit… this place is sweet!
Depending on the time of year, you can go after either bass or trout – a perfect river for the “switchfisher”!
I thought Smith Lake and Pohick Bay were big until I rolled the Basscanoe into Lake Anna