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KEENE: Area’s diversity can keep any sportsman busy

- The Washington Times

The blues and rockfish of the Chesapeake, the ducks and geese that darken the skies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the deer and turkey roaming the hills and mountains within two hours of the White House, along with the bass and shad one finds in the Potomac and the trout in the streams and rivers of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland are enough to keep any sportsman busy for a lifetime.

Will Rupli, 13, aims during a dove shoot. It is common to see three generations of one family take part in a dove shoot. (Tim Rupli)

Dove shooting: A family affair

September is time for football, and dove shooting. And it officially starts hunting season in the Mid-Atlantic and South. It’s a sport that unites farmers and shooters, ecologists, friends and family in local grain fields and at tailgate parties that follow.

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.

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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

Lindsey Vonn set a women's record for the most World Cup points in a season Saturday after finishing eighth in a slalom won by Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser.

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.

Lindsey Vonn claims fifth straight downhill title

- Associated Press

Lindsey Vonn clinched her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title Saturday after placing third in a race on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course won by German rival and friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

As you read this, the air will tell what typical February weather should feel like, but the past six or seven days' spring-like temperatures have worked wonders on man and fish.

FILE - In this July 23, 2005 file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, crosses the finish line to win the 20th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a 55.5-kilometer (34.5-mile) individual time trial looping around north of Saint-Etienne, central France. Federal prosecutors said, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, they are closing a criminal investigation of Armstrong and will not charge him over allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner used performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, File)

Prosecutors close Lance Armstrong doping probe with no charges

- Associated Press

Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program.

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Virginia Beach angler Tommy Athey hoists a 49-pound striped bass. The recent balmy weather has given fishermen a reason to venture out onto the water.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Although local meteorologists say that January 2012 and the beginning of February aren't even close when it comes to warm winter month records, every fisherman in the Washington area wouldn't mind if things stayed that way at least until April arrives.

George Poveromo's Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis on Feb. 4. Go to www.nationalseminarseries.com for complete details. (Courtesy of Dr. Ken Neill)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Although the close-in Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and North Carolina continues to deliver great catches of tunas and striped bass, this also is a good time to think of planning outings to the Tarheel State's surf and inlet waters that are not far from the Virginia border.

Marty Magone pulls a 7  1/4-pound bass - a personal-best for the Virginia angler - from the Potomac River during a recent outing. (Gene Mueller/The Washington Times)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

When Lake Gaston, Va., resident Marty Magone visits the tidal Potomac River just south of Washington, it generally is to be with old friends, the river's largemouth bass simply being pleasant interruptions between story telling and keeping up with the latest news.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

While Washington-area saltwater anglers are not doing very well close to home, the same cannot be said of those who launch their boats at Virginia Beach's Rudee Inlet and begin fishing the moment they're in open water.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Every New Year's Day, come sun, fog, rain, snow or ice, we go fishing. We've done it for more than a quarter century, but compared to years gone by when ice occasionally had to be broken before we found the water, the first day of 2012 could not have been more accommodating.

The columnist hoists a young blue catfish with Prince William County's Possum Point Power Plant in the background.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

As water temperatures fall all around the region, savvy anglers resort to an old fishing trick. It has worked ever since electric generating plants have been built on the shores of lakes and rivers, drawing water to cool heated turbines, then sending the warmed water back into the body it came from.

River guide Andy Andrzejewski hoists a bass taken from the Occoquan River. (Gene Mueller/The Washington Times)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

OK, so we're not having Arctic weather, but it will be cold again soon enough. When the mercury drops and the wind turns a 40-degree day into one that feels like it's 25, more than one of the Potomac's fishing insiders begins to take a hard look at the Occoquan River in Prince William and Fairfax counties.

Dr. Ken Neil, a Virginia Beach-area dentist, is rewarded with a hefty rockfish for braving the cold.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Among American sport-fishing fanatics the striped bass (aka striper or rockfish) is second only to the largemouth bass in matters of popularity. That should come as no big surprise since an adult striper of 30 to 50 pounds can make a grown man's muscles feel like Jello and turn an expensive one-piece fishing rod into a two-piecer when you least expect it.