Best fishing spots near me
Not sure if y’all have experienced this, but I have noticed that if you can find a place that isn’t fished often that is where you will have your best luck. This approach has always resulted in the best fishing spots near me. I don’t think it is an issue of the water being fished out, but rather the fish may become jaded with the same fishing approach. Perhaps they learn to leave the funny looking stuff alone.
About 98 percent of my fishing is done either in Maryland or Florida. One of the best fishing holes near me in Maryland is hid in the wide open. There is an old tow path between the Potomac River and an old canal system that was used to pull barges by mules. It is all part of the c&o canal system that stretches from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD. This path dates back to the 1800’s and much of the canal system is dried up now, but there are pockets of water still in it that is excellent fishing. Most of the people I see while I’m there are either riding bikes on the path or using it to get to the river; rarely do you see anyone fishing the canal side.
Initially I was a member of the latter; I used to use the tow path just to get to a warm water discharge from the power plant on the Potomac River where the fishing was supposed to be amazing. After several trips of trying the river with little success I decided to throw a line in the canal thinking what could it hurt? Within 3 casts I hung one of the biggest stumpknockers (bluegill, sunfish, etc.) I have ever caught. The water looked like it wouldn’t support life for a goldfish let alone an abundance of one of my favorite fish (in corn meal). You could only see water in spots as the top was covered in green duck weed. I found that the fishing was much better in the duck weed and have since theorized it may be that the fish can’t see you under this crap. Either way, that is where to catch them, at least in this canal.
Since my discovery I only fish the canal. This bass was caught out of it as well and I have caught bigger there. Not sure if it is legal to keep bass in the canal as there is a sign at the entrance of the tow path from the parking area where I go that advises “catch and release only” for bass on the river. Now, the question is, does that include the canal? Hmmm, sounds like wiggle room to me.
When I’m trying to catch bass in the canal I use a Senko style rubber worm. This worm has become my go to bass bait. You can catch several fish on one worm as it seems to be a bit thicker and tougher than the old throwback styles. I have caught them on blood lines too (red warm with a visible dark line in the center). Bloodline warms used to be my favorite ’till the Senko style came along.
For the stumpknockers the best luck I have had is with beetle spins or a little white rubber jig. When the duck weed and algae gets thick the jig is easier to fish with. Also, come August when the duck weed gets so thick you can’t get your bait to sink through it, just dropping a jig or worm right next to the shore produces well. I’d recommend a beetle spin for speckled perch in the canal (crappie).
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