John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 13, 2013 | Permalink
Potomac River Smallmouth Bass Survey
Location: Potomac River
Inland Fisheries is seeking the help of Potomac River smallmouth bass fishermen. We are conducting a creel survey during 2013 to determine catch rates and fishing success for smallmouth bass. Information from this survey will be compared to past and future surveys, and in combination with our annual electrofishing surveys, help us identify bass population trends. You can participate in the survey by reporting your catch on-line at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/survey/index.asp. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and asks a few basic questions about the number and size of the bass you caught during your trip. We encourage you to record all of your trips, successful or not. Each angler that participates in the survey will be registered in a drawing to win a prize at the end of the year.
Smallmouth bass activity on the Potomac has increased with the recent warmer weather. River temperatures are currently in the low 40s and bass are beginning to move from wintering spots to traditional spring locations. On a recent trip, my fishing partner and I caught a number of nice smallmouth on jerkbaits and tubes. I recommend moving around a bit until fish are found. We caught 5 to 10 fish at some spots while similar looking areas produced none.