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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 local anglers face a variety of autumnal options, they can begin by choosing to fish in the mountains or the tidal Potomac and Rappahannock rivers in the Maryland and Virginia flatlands this week.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Continued threats of rain and rising water levels in the mountain rivers of Virginia and Maryland are sure to worry fishermen in search of smallmouth bass. However, one angler, Dick Fox, of Front Royal, Va., says the fishing in his favorite waterway, the Shenandoah, has been fantastic.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Rain might raise the water levels of mountain rivers, but Western Maryland fishermen don't believe it can stop them from going after smallmouth bass in the Potomac.

Tesfaye Sendeku, 26, of Ethiopia finishes in first place at the 27th Army Ten-Miler race at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 9, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Army Ten-Miler: Sendeku breezes; Dengera surges late

A head cold may have affected his breathing a bit but it did not stop Tesfaye Sendeku from running away with Sunday's 27th edition of the Army Ten-Miler.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Can you feel the difference in the air and water? Both are cooler and because of the ever-so-welcome autumn temperatures the fishing for certain species will improve with every passing day. This is particularly true of largemouth bass, stripers and blue catfish in Maryland and Virginia.

Gene Mueller´s Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Generally speaking, the weekend outlook for local anglers of all stripes appears to be good in spite of renewed rains in some areas. Much of the precipitation has been strongly localized. For example, a cloudburst in parts of Frederick County on Tuesday muddied a Potomac feeder. But the Monocacy, the waters above the rain-soaked area, was in good enough shape for smallmouth bass fishermen. In fact, the Washington County portions have given up good numbers of bass, even a few heavy walleyes.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Magic is about to happen for the fresh- and saltwater anglers in the Washington area. Never mind occasional days of rain; they'll go away. Never mind that odd 85-degree day that shows up now and then during September. Just as sure as steamed, spiced crabs and venison steaks are Mueller household staples, the hot days are decreasing; cool weather is on the way, and along with it some of the best fishing since spring.Magic is about to happen for the fresh- and saltwater anglers in the Washington area. Never mind occasional days of rain; they'll go away. Never mind that odd 85-degree day that shows up now and then during September. Just as sure as steamed, spiced crabs and venison steaks are Mueller household staples, the hot days are decreasing; cool weather is on the way, and along with it some of the best fishing since spring.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

We have mostly good news for weekend anglers in the Washington area. The heavy rains that fell throughout the region, which ruined many basements and even house foundations, are quickly receding and clearing. Even the mountainous portions of the Potomac, Rappahannock and James rivers will be very fishable in a day or two. In fact, you could visit them now and probably hook a few smallmouth bass. On Wednesday, the Point of Rocks section of the upper Potomac stood at a little over three feet. It had been as high as nine feet last week.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Local and distant fishing success will suffer from an overabundance of rain in every Middle Atlantic State. The next four days could keep some of our area's anglers indoors, but there also will be some who scoff at rain.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Here's a surprise for all who suppose that this week's fishing will have to be postponed because of the aftereffects of Hurricane Irene. From nearly every corner of our region comes word that the water is fine, certainly good enough for fishing and, if anything, the catches might be better than usual. It happens frequently after strong storms blow through our area.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

It may not appear as if autumn is on its way, but several cooler-than-normal August nights already have improved the fishing in a number of local waters — something that is sure to happen everywhere later next month.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

Every saltwater fisherman from New England to New Jersey by now has heard that a potential world record striped bass (aka rockfish or striper) of 81.88 pounds was caught by Greg Myerson, of North Branford, Conn.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

As slightly lower temperatures beckon anglers of all stripes over the coming days, bass fishermen have asked if there's a problem in the upper tidal Potomac River regarding the apparent disappearance of submersed aquatic vegetation (SAVs) — the fish-hiding weed beds that are a necessary part of a bass hunter's day.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

The proliferation of large blue catfish in the upper tidal portions of the Potomac River is astounding. In a river that not too many years ago wasn't even home to this tough piscatorial adversary, the Potomac already has given up several in the 60-pound range and, a few days ago, an angler up around Fletcher's Cove in Georgetown came to the concession building to show off a 55-pounder. It is believed that these catfish could have migrated north from Virginia's James and Rappahannock rivers.

Schleck takes aim at Tour de France by surging in Alps

- Associated Press

Andy Schleck led a daring attack in the Alps to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, putting him within seconds of the yellow jersey and quashing Alberto Contador's hopes of a fourth title.

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

- The Washington Times

It wasn't all that long ago when New Orleans super chef Paul Prudhomme came up with his famous blackened redfish and seafood lovers everywhere loved the dish.

Tour de France: Rui Alberto Costa wins 8th stage

- Associated Press

Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the leader's yellow jersey.