Skip to content

Happening Now

Help a military member win a laptop this Christmas

Gene Mueller

Articles by Gene Mueller

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published April 25, 2012

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published April 4, 2012

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

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published March 14, 2012

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published February 22, 2012

Dale Knupp of La Plata, Md., has begun hunting for the seasonal run of yellow perch. When the water temperature rises enough to induce the female perch to move upstream, the males follow. (Gene Mueller)

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

Can spring be far away when a number of local, tidal creek fanatics have begun their annual hunt for yellow perch? Published February 15, 2012

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published February 8, 2012

DAVID BRABRAND
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

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. Published February 1, 2012

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published January 11, 2012

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

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published December 14, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published December 7, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

Not everyone in town and in the suburbs is going to stay indoors and devour turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. Published November 23, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published November 16, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published October 26, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published October 19, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published October 12, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published August 31, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

Good news for Chesapeake Bay boaters who haven't enjoyed decent sea trout fishing in some years. Published July 27, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

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. Published July 13, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

If you enjoy saltwater fishing fun with the kids, buy a dozen bloodworms, chop them into small pieces, attach several to a high/low bottom fishing rig (think small, snelled hooks with fairly light sinkers at the end) and drop them into the tidal Potomac River, from Smith Creek north to the St. Mary's River, and on toward St. Clements and the Wicomico. The Patuxent River offers big spot from the O'Club to Benedict, says the Tackle Box's Ken Lamb, down in Lexington Park. The tasty spot also are found in the Hawk's Nest and Kingston Hollow area of the river, as well as Green Holly and the Helen's Bar where croakers (hardheads) provide bonus catches. Published June 29, 2011

Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

Saltwater fishing fanatics up and down the middle Atlantic states say the summer season has begun even if the official start of the season has not. Yellowfin tuna are hooked in the offshore ocean parts from Maryland to Virginia, with some of the blue-water Virginia boats connecting also on early numbers of dolphins (the fish, not the mammal). Flounder catches in the Atlantic backwaters of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have increased, and in the lowest parts of the Chesapeake Bay, expect flounder, red drum and cobia hook-ups. Published June 15, 2011