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Best fishing spots near me
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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.

Bass from favorite fishing spot
Bass from favorite fishing spot

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.

Catch and Return Bass
Catch and Return Bass

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).

Thanks for ready Best fishing spots near me.

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13 thoughts on “Best fishing spots near me”

  1. Senko’s are my go-to as well!!!! They’ve landed many a bass over the years and its strange how a simple worm design can work so well. What’s the deal with the algae on that water you’re fishing? Is it like that year-round or just in the spring/summer? What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught there. I live in Fauquier County, Va and most of the spots I fished in growing up don’t allow fishing anymore. I’m stuck fishing on the Quantico reservation or on the local Isaac Walton League ponds. I go past the C&O canal all the time on our way to a bed & breakfast in PA but never thought to fish it.

    1. The duck weed and algae start showing up around mid April depending on weather patterns. But honestly, aside from the aggravation of cleaning your lures after each cast it doesn’t impact the fishing. I know folks most likely won’t believe it but I caught a bass in the canal that was in the 7 to 8lb range. I just couldn’t keep her though, as far as I know she is still in there. I feel your pain on loosing fishing spots, I have been known to put on cammo and fish those spots in the dark:)

  2. Hi Mark.
    Thank you for sharing your experience about the best fishing spots in the area.
    This is really great information and saves us some time when searching for great fishing spots!
    Will check them out and recommend to my friends!
    Cheers.
    Moritz

  3. It kind of makes sense that the best fishing spots are the ones no one fishes often. Sadly finding these spots is a challenge, since no fishermen I know wants to give away their secret “spot”.

    1. I share your pain on that Seth. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to get specifics on where to go. That is one of the reasons I like talking with bait shop owners, they have a vested interest in your success. Another thing that is fun to do is look on google earth for the bodies of water around you.

  4. Hi Mark,

    Now, there might be a crowd next time you go fishing in your Maryland spot! I am no fishing expert and I am wondering when it the best time of the day to go fishing? I have heard stories, that you should go early in the morning and others telling me that it doesn’t matter, what is your take on this?

    Sonia

    1. Well I go fishing whenever I get the itch and can honestly say that they can turn on any time of day. Overall I like the evenings, especially during the summer. Probably more due to being lazy and not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings. With that said, early morning bass fishing with a top water plug is a blast. In salt water it is all about the tides though. Try to get out there on an incoming or outgoing tide or better yet, spend all day and night fishing and just wait on the tides.

  5. Nice website with lot’s of good information. Not sure i’d like to find a shark on the end of my line though and that Alligator looked HUGE and very very meen. 🙂

    1. But sharks are fun to catch Paul. They put up a great fight and often they provide action when the fish just aren’t biting. Yea that is a nice gator, I just went out with my cousin and friend and we got a six footer, not huge but sure was a lot of fun. I have some video and pics I’m going to post of it soon so come back and check it out.

  6. Hey Mark, great looking website! You seem to be very knowledgeable when it comes to fishing and that’s awesome, cause it’s definitely needed in the community for sure! Website looks great and you’re providing alot of great information! Keep up the great work!

    -Allan

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