From the monthly archives:

October 2013

Lake Fishing in the Kentlands

by Capitol Area Fishing on October 25, 2013

Who would have thought the Kentlands had a good fishing lake? Not I. Located in the middle of suburbia, behind the Kentlands Mansion, there’s a lake called Inspiration Lake. And it’s full of small-mouth bass. Park at the Kentlands Mansion in North Potomac, MD, and it’s a short walk. You can’t miss it.

Kentlands

About 1/4 of the lake is covered with lily ponds, which is a great habitat for the fish. My friend Greg and I first tried top-water “frogs” on the lily pads but that didn’t work out well. Greg had several follow-ups, but was not able to hook up.

Further up the lake, I saw a clearing with low-hanging branches decorated with lost lures. I took my favorite little rapala out of the tackle box, tied it to my braided line, and headed up to the clearing. I figured I would side-cast to avoid landing in the trees, but on the second cast I was in the trees, and lost my lure.

Never one to be discouraged easily, I stayed on, and tried a lead-head lure with a plastic worm. This time, on my second side-cast, I hooked into a decent-sized bass. I knew there was a reason why there were so many lures in the trees – it was a good spot. Calling Greg over for a photo op convinced him to throw a line out there.

Although, we both kept getting hooked up in the trees, losing a plastic worm is not as bad as losing a rapala, and still, in the two hours we fished there, we caught five good-sized bass between the two of us (catch & release). It was a cold, windy day or we’d still be there. Inspiration Lake is a great place to bring kids for an introduction to fishing. It’s easy to get to, easy to walk around, and there are plenty of fish.

Fall 2013 055 Fall 2013 053 Fall 2013 067 Fall 2013 060

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 1 comment }

Fall Fishing in Maryland

by Capitol Area Fishing on October 10, 2013

Fall is a good time for river and lake fishing. Waters are low and the fish are hungry. Find the ponds and the lakes where the fish congregate – the water’s low and food is scarce. Flashy mid-water lures are excellent for attracting these hungry fish. Usually ultra-lite 4-lb test with spinners or rapalas are successful for getting strikes. Look for areas where there are not many weeds and cast to the edges. Let your lures sink for a few minutes before slowly retrieving it. Give the line moderate jerks as you reel in.

Greg at the mouth of the Monocacy and Potomac Rivers

 

{ 0 comments }