Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 21, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Memorial Day Weekend!

The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 7, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Take Mom Fishing

Mother’s Day is almost here so many will be thinking about flower bouquets or blooming plants. In fact, the National Public Garden Day is always set for the Friday before Mother’s Day. But have you ever thought of taking “Mom” fishing? Laura Starkey Heflin has fished on Mother’s Day.  She happens to be a professional bass tournament angler. However, not all their time together has been about fishing. She recalls fondly when her son, Jesse,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day

Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 28, 2013

Tom Keer

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 20, 2013

Tom Keer

The Stocking Truck

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 14, 2013

Tom Keer

Sweet Home Alabama

If Virginia is for Lovers then Alabama is for anglers.  Who knew that there were 47 reservoirs, 23 lakes, and 77,000 miles of rivers and streams?  Some of the 11 million fishermen who fish in the state, that’s who.  And while other areas offer trails that focus on history or wine, the Alabama Bass Trail is oriented towards fishing.   Jacob DeBin with an eight pound largemouth from Lake Autauga.   The warming temperatures are…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 12, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Give Me a Break

For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 7, 2013

Tom Keer

Destination: Tennessee

I recently did a straw pole study with a couple dozen of my friends.  I asked them to name three states with great trout and bass fishing.  Not one mentioned Tennessee, which shocked me, ‘cause in my opinion, it ranks at the top. I called my good friend Byron Begley at Little River Outfitters located in Townsend, TN to share my story. “You know, there are over 800 miles of fishable trout streams in the…

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