I did a little exploring over the weekend and launched my Kayak in the Potomac, not sure if this is considered upper Potomac but I was somewhere above Point of Rocks. Anyway, I didn't catch it but a guy who was fishing nearby showed me the biggest Walleye I've ever seen. He said it measured 29" but what really amazed me was how fat it was, it looked more like a Largemouth. The MD State record is 34" but this fish looked fatter than the picture on the DNR website so I'm guessing over 10 lbs. Could have just been a fluke but what an amazing fish and with the abundant forage and habitat I bet that area is ripe to yield the next state record.
Oh yea, I caught 6 or so Smallmouth with the biggest one being close to 4 lbs and also a good size catfish that inhaled a crank bait which was probably the best fight of the day. I have to admit that's the first time I ever launched my Kayak in the Potomac, I love exploring new spots and that one was worth the trip.
Nice. There are some big Walleye up there but for whatever reason that is about the max size. Bigger fish are futher down river near DC but far fewer fish. Randolf lake and Deep Creek have some nice fish too. It will be tough to beat 14 pounds.
Thanks MR T, I thought of you when I saw that fish because I remember you are one of the few here who target them on the Potomac, at least who post about it. Seems the same lures that work for Smallmouth bass would work for walliey but wondering if you've found any special walleye lures. I got most of my action on suspending stick baits in the 2" - 5" range. I also noticed I caught the larger fish in front of the big rocks and smaller fish in the pools behind them, the guy who caught the walleye looked like he was fishing the same pattern. Tried a few rubber jigs but mostly got hung in the rocks, no hits at all on the spinnerbait but the one I had tied on was probably too big for most of the little smallmouth.
4 and 3 inch storm shads work wonders. They rarely get hung up. That and larger stick baits like bombers, Suicks, xraps and jointed shad raps that dive to 6 feet. Let them bounce off the bottom, again, for some reason they rarely get hung up and the bouncing on the bottom works wonders. Then there's live bait like minnows if you can get a hold of them and gulp worms and grubs on jig heads or just hook and split shot.
The only walleye I've ever caught on the potomac was upriver from there out of Lovettsville , off of Georges Mill Rd. Great section for smallies. I caught three , same day, same spot, same lure (grub). Also have caught a few trout there on a grub. I'm not a trout fisherman, so I wouldn't have known if it was a native or a hatchery fish that made it's way down from WV. Check out Algonkian Park if you haven't yet. Great wide area for a yak and some decent smallies when you can find them. I've been yak fishing a few times there this year and have done pretty good using grubs and super flukes.
When you say grub do you mean mister twister type? I live on the MD side of the river but I can access that stretch near where Seneca Cr enters but it's all back roads for me to get there. Interesting to hear there are trout down that far in the Potomac, the area I was in looked like it could hold trout but not the kind of place I'd expect to catch one. My favorite big trout lure is a ~ 2" rapala so it sounds like that would probably be a good catch-all for that area but when I go back I'll bring some more ribber grubs, tubes, and fluke type lures.
I like Zoom Fat Albert Salt & Pepper and Yamamoto 4'' grub . Bigger body then Mister Twister. Also like Super Flukes weighted with an 1/8 oz screw in weight. Yeah, I got lucky with the trout. Was fishing the end of some rapids and the trout were hiding in the deep water. Same goes for the Walleye. They probably would have hit another lure, I just like using grubs. This is my first yak and I'm looking forward to doing some exploring also. Point Of Rocks would be a good place . I've fished it many times but never from a yak.
Trout get washed into the Potomac from time to time. But they won't last past June usually with the water getting above 75 degrees which is lethal to trout unless they find a spring. Not enough to support them. I've caught trout in Rock Creek as far down as DC. also caught them at Great Falls (good walleye spot). For walleye, they like to have deeper water near by. River Bend up through Point ofRocks is almost void of any deep water. A 10 foot deep pool is an abysis in that section of the river. There are a few around that depth but very few. The water around Algonkian Park or Seneca up to Monocacy is all catch and release for bass. But it has very poor habitat so there are actually more bass in the areas up river and down river where people can keep the bass than there are in the 10 plus year old catch and release seciton. If it's poor habitat for bass, it's poor habitat for walleye too. I.e. no rock ledges, no riffles, just flat nothing water. They key to finding fish there is to find the large chunk rock or the large boulders. Very few walleye in that C&R section. Wallleye will hold near rock ledges running perpendicular to the current with good current flow and depth near by like just below them. Fish the ledges in the evenings into dark hours.They are very light sensitive and the action slows way down in the mid day hours. Most walleye are below great falls or above Point of Rocks to Cumberland. There are a few elsewhere but few and far between.
Then there's River Bend in Va which is almost straight across from Swains Lock in MD but the area around Swains lock on the MD side is affected by a massive WSSC filtration (sh!t) plant. The water for a couple miles downstream near the MD shore around Swains is chocked with fine sediment from this poop plant. There are still smallmouth around and lots of catfish but typically from mid river to Va side is better because of all this sediment that pours out of this plant throughout the day. We used todo well fishing the outflow of the plant when they were not releasing the turbid water. There was enough flow from the river there to wash the sediment out from immediately below the outflow and a scour pool was created from the outflow harboring lots of fish. It's mostly filled in now. I practically lived there as a kid fishing it almost every day in the summer. Went back last summer and had poor results at the plant. But much better just a little ways up river. For bass that is.