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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

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.

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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.

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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.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Thousands of automobiles roll past it every day, their occupants — some could be fishermen from other locales - blissfully unaware that the large, rock-strewn cove known as the Spoils might very well be the most consistently productive cold-weather fishing spot on the upper tidal Potomac River. It's but a stone's throw from the I-295 exit lanes that take motorists from Maryland across the Wilson Bridge into Virginia.

George Edens, of Mount Airy, Md., shows off a medium-size blue catfish caught near Fort Washington Light. Fort Washington is run by the National Park Service. (Gene Mueller/The Washington Times)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Because many local and distant waters are beginning to slow down as far as productive fishing is concerned, and concessionaires who rent out boats having packed it in for the year, we now switch to a different format. Today is the first of our cold-weather fishing reports.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Not everyone in town and in the suburbs is going to stay indoors and devour turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

The time has come when many of our area's warm-weather fishermen begin to stash away their boats and tackle. However, hard-nosed anglers who prefer to seek their quarry in the Chesapeake Bay, the tidal rivers of Maryland and Virginia, as well as the not-too-distant Atlantic Ocean, are not giving up - not by a long shot.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

What a glorious time of year to be a dyed-in-the-wool sport angler. It's November, with cool nights and fairly warm days, and in the case of the Potomac River, crappies are biting big-time in a number of its tidal portions.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Outstanding catches of striped bass and occasional hookups with spotted sea trout are possible over many areas of the Chesapeake Bay.