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    Rockfish in the potomac, DC

    When do the rocks start moving up the Potomac river? Can't wait!

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    all depends on water temps. Follow them and the fish will be too!!

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    Anyone else fish the potomac river off 395 bridge or chain bridge here? I know you are out there! How soon till we get action!

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    I'm thinking mid march...I'm trying to follow the first spawners (shad, WP, then herring, somewhere in between comes the rocks)...I fish mainly chain bridge...cant wait

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    hey bojinns, what do u use for bait? Herring or lures??

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    uglycroaker,
    You didn't ask me but I fish it every year. I use herring AND lures. I usually drop a line with herring and throw lures or even troll. I like renting the rowboats from Fletchers Boathouse. There is a lady there that rents boats before they open and you usually don't have to pay until you get back at the end of the day. At first I'll catch the fresh herring on shad darts or even a worm and a bobber. The catch isn't consistant but one herring usually lasts for a good amount of time. I also use chicken BREAST for catfish I've hooked into some big ones out there it's inevitable. With the chicken breast it stays on the hook better than livers and works even better. If you can leave it in the sun for half a day just to get some good stink on it that'll be great for the big catfsh. This year I'll be adding my fly rod to the mix so it should be interesting. Also, if you want a good day-hike and some fishing mied in hit the MD side of Great Falls and walk down river there's a few good spots after the first mile or so. Just hit the deep holes on the edge of the eddy's and he edge of the riffles about 1mi-3.3mi down stream. You wont be the only one there so you can ask for advice from the large/small mouth anglers there too.

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    Thanks Kanvery! When do you think the rocks will start moving up the Potomac?

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    U-Croaker

    I'm using fresh cut herring when they are running...

    Kanvery..

    I've havent rented a boat at fletchers yet...gonna have to give that a try this year though..I usually like just fishin at night..

    fellas give me a pm when your goin...we can meet up and share techniques...

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    The movement of Rocks up the Patomac

    When I lived in the area back in the early 90's the Rocks started showing up in mid February and got increasingly more abundant as the Herring began the spawn and migration out towards the Bay in March-April. I also found that as the Rocks became more active the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass begin to get more aggressive as the spawn gets near. Hope this helps. Tight Lines

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    cool! I usually go at nights too...but don't like going by myself! Freaky! PM when you guys go!

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    uglycroaker,
    It all depends on how often you can get out and go fishing. As soon as the shad start to clear out a bit I'm immediatly going to start targeting the stripers. This is probably going to be around early mid to late march but there's no way to tell for sure. The more you're out the better feel you'll get for what's moving. My goal is always try to catch the first striper upriver from the key bridge....it'll never happen but dreaming is nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanvery View Post
    uglycroaker,
    It all depends on how often you can get out and go fishing. As soon as the shad start to clear out a bit I'm immediatly going to start targeting the stripers. This is probably going to be around early mid to late march but there's no way to tell for sure. The more you're out the better feel you'll get for what's moving. My goal is always try to catch the first striper upriver from the key bridge....it'll never happen but dreaming is nice!
    you know Mid March The striper are alread up and into the Susquehanna river the should have long been being seeing and catching them in North Va Southerern Md . Dont Know but I think mid to late Feb and Super early march would be your best bet. Soon as you hear bout herring and shad...... Its time!

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    I would love to share info with you all when the bite is on. I'll keep all of you posted about my spots etc.

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    Just an FYI.......I've talked about this b4 on here,but I'll say it again.
    If you park on the VA side of C-bridge,(or DC side probably also)don't leave ANYTHING visible in your car.Day or night.My buddies car (on VA side during the day)had the window shattered and stuff stolen,and none of it was even worth much,I've also talked to the Fuzz that come down there and this is a problem as others have had the same happen to them.
    I would also watch your back at night,maybe have a buddy with you or something.None of this stops me from going down there though of course.
    I look forward to meeting some of you down there,shad time etc.is soooon.
    BTW...I've caught some big stripers down there using herring heads and a small weight casting upstream and letting it come down the river with the flow as it goes towards the bottom,you get snagged this way sometimes often,but the pay-off can be great.Good luck to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bojinns View Post
    I would love to share info with you all when the bite is on. I'll keep all of you posted about my spots etc.
    So what's wrong with sharing now?He-he-heeee.

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    Like I said, I don't like going down there by myself. How far are are your spots? I don't like to walk to far. I usually just fish right next to the bridge. Any of you guys asian? =) More fun to fish with asian peeps!

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    gents,

    i fish chain bridge usually during the day, weekdays (sneak a day off work when its not crowded, weekends are crowded) i love chainbridge..just dropping a fresh herring a letting it go with the tide...just sometimes the snags are crazy and you need to bring lots of hooks...havent fished chain bridge at night..due to fishin alone...

    i fish fletchers at night but thats hit or miss for me...still searching for spots...I'm definitely going to rent a boat this year..

    i also fished Haines Point sometimes..I've been lucky on some occasions...

    however almost all of my fish have either been caught at fletchers/chain bridge...

    u-croaker - an asian brother like myself..nice! however I fish with anyone thats has the same passion as myself...cant wait for just a glimpse of warm weather

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    I am hungry! We better have a good fishing season...with the economy this bad, I am relying on my catch for dinner!

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    now. they are here. 1 week from now its on. but you cant keep them. so i guess your eating herring for dinner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovetherock View Post
    now. they are here. 1 week from now its on. but you cant keep them. so i guess your eating herring for dinner?
    I hear from some older people herring is good but....

    Does anyone catch herring in large quantities pm me looking for alot.

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    Ilovetherock, they are here? have you caught anything? They should definitely be here within a week!

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    I'm not sure if it's legal, but you can catch hundreds of them with a net in the potomac.

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    Fished the potomac by 395 bridge last night...NO ACTION! They are not here yet! Any others have any luck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglycroaker View Post
    Fished the potomac by 395 bridge last night...NO ACTION! They are not here yet! Any others have any luck?
    no, not that far up. im down towards so. md. i know 2 diff. commercial boats, and they havent caught any yet BUT, 2 days ago they caught about 60lbs of herring near 1 of my local duck hunting creeks. wont be long. as sooon as we get a good 3-4 day/nights about 45 degrees they will start to trickle in. the ice is gone finally so week and half tops. good luck.

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    Hello all,
    Just moved to the area (3 weeks ago)and have been searching and searching for information about stipers on the Potomac and i seem to have found the right place. You guys seem to have the information that i have been looking for and am excited that they do come this far north and are on their way.
    Question, does one need a lic. to fish for stripers? I was told that you do need one if you are fishing the DC waters of the Potomac? Where exactly is that "line". Can someone enlighten me?

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