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Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Atlantic croakers finally have decided to show up in Southern Maryland waters. The species is a warm-weather favorite for thousands of local saltwater anglers who use two-hook bottom rigs, baited with pieces of (very expensive) bloodworms, peeler crab, or more reasonably priced squid and small, uncooked grocery store shrimp.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Now that the catching of 18-inch striped bass is legal anywhere south of the Hart-Miller dike in the northern Chesapeake Bay, most Maryland boaters are delighted simply because the large trophy stripers that had to measure at least 28 inches have not been the easiest fish to find of late. Incidentally, the 18-inch rockfish also are legal in Virginia’s Bay waters.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

If you’re among the hundreds of boaters trying to troll up a 28-inch-or-longer striped bass during Maryland’s current trophy rockfish season, don’t be upset if you come back to port without the fish you’re after.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

During the current open season for trophy striped bass in the lower portions of the Potomac River and Maryland’s part of the Chesapeake Bay, conflicting reports are heard from boaters who are out by the hundreds looking for big rockfish.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

The rains finally arrived, and even though we prayed for the wet stuff, a lot of anglers feared a lengthy downpour would raise and muddy water levels. It didn’t happen.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

The Washington Times

In some parts of our region fishing could not be better, but biologists are concerned that the shortage of precipitation might affect spawning activities of certain fish, including smallmouth bass in such rivers as Virginia’s Rappahannock and Maryland’s Potomac.

Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

A little more than a week ago, when water and air temperatures were unusually warm, there were fears that, like the largemouth bass, the striped bass of the Chesapeake Bay would arrive sooner than normal and begin their spawning run.

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Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

April is a time of year when most fish species begin to think of reproducing. Piscatorial love is in the air, or rather in the water.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

The upper tidal Potomac River currently delivers unbelievably great bass fishing. The past week has seen a veritable explosion of largemouth bass that are willing to strike a variety of lures. It's the talk of the day among tidal river fishing fanatics.

Lindsey Vonnshows her trophy for winning the alpine ski women's World Cup super-combined discipline title in Schladming, Austria, Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)

Lindsey Vonn sets women's World Cup points record

- Associated Press

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Dale Knupp of La Plata, Md., starts the bass parade with a 7-pounder from Mattawoman Creek. (Nancy Knupp)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

What a difference a few 80-degree days can make. Dale Knupp, who lives in La Plata, Md., and who fishes the upper tidal Potomac River as often as possible, launched his boat at the Smallwood State Park boat ramps in Mattawoman Creek this week and, thanks to his electronic depth sounder, discovered that the surface water temperature had reached almost 60 degrees.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Earlier this week, there was snow — OK, it wasn't enough to make a snowball — but that was followed with May-like temperatures, which confused more than a few local anglers, but the fish didn't care. With the exception of some area waters that became discolored during recent rains, resulting in a slow "bite," as bass fishermen call it, there is plenty of catching being done near and far.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

There's no way to hide it. March is here, and even if day and night temperatures still can be on the cold side, the numbers of fish species that local and distant anglers now go after are increasing daily.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

The upper, tidal Patuxent River between Hills Bridge and Jug Bay is giving up scads of pre-spawn yellow perch. On Monday, a group of us Southern Marylanders caught well over 80 roe perch and smaller "bucks," as the males are called.