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Upper Potomac River: Lander
The Potomac River is 358 miles
long, beginning at a place called Fairfax Stone, just 500 yards
inside West Virginia territory, and ending at/in the Chesapeake Bay.
The river is owned by Maryland except for about 11.5 miles deeded to
Washington, D.C. Only 108 miles of this famous drainage is tidal
water while the balance is free flowing water—and a seemingly
forgotten smallmouth bass fishery.
I wrote the
book “Fishing The Upper Potomac River” in 1989 and it continues
to sell well. While some of our fishing tactics have changed over
the years, the geographic descriptions have not. The quality of the
fishery dips and spikes over the years, because of spawn
success/failure, climactic occurrences and contributing human abuse.
Life under the surface of this river runs the gamut of extremes such
as the severe drought in 2007 and 100-year floods in 1986.
been fishing this river since 1961 so I’ve seen the good, the bad
and the ugly. There were years when we went several days without
catching a bass and there were days when we caught more than one
hundred. I dubbed 2000 as the finest smallmouth bass year of my
46-year history and now I’m claiming 2007 as my #2.