This week on the upper Potomac River the rain gave us a little bump of about a foot (Still very clear water) and also brought the water temperature down around 65 degrees. This made us work to put smallies in the boat. We used Whopper Ploppers (size 90), Poppers, River Rock tube baits (SWFA Color), River Rock 3" PC Ringers (Stick baits/ SWFA color). The fish seemed to be all over the river. We kept moving from spot to spot. As the days and weeks move on you will see these fish transition from a summer pattern to a winter pattern. As the water gets colder you will find these fish in wintering holes. These holes can range from 4 feet to 10 feet deep on the river. So get out there in the next couple of months and hook up with the biggest smallmouth bass you have ever seen. Fishing cold water produces fish you would never think live on the upper Potomac River. Absolute monster smallmouth bass!!! If you would like to experience the awesome fishing the upper Potomac River has to offer contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301-820-5378). shallowwaterfishingadventures.net    

This week on the upper Potomac River we saw the river hold steady at the 3 foot range at Edwrards Ferry. The water temperature was in the low 70's and not very stained. My clients were using a 3" PC Ringer (stickbait) in the SWFA CUSTOM color and tube baits in the same color. This produced a lot of quality fish. These baits are fished on the bottom of the river with a very slow retrieve. The other bait we used with a lot of success this week was the Popper. I can't stress how much of a big fish catcher this bait is. When this bait is fished in the right conditions on the Potomac River you catch gigantic smallmouth bass. This is a great time of year to use this bait. During this time of year when the weather is just right smallmouth bass will bite this topwater bait all day long. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier fishing guide service on the Potomac River. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishes 365 days a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!!!

Upper Potomac River August 27th- September 2nd

Upper Potomac River

February 4th 2017

Today was very cold and windy. My cousin Greg Greene from FOBA bass club (Check out FOBA on my RATES page) and I fished a charity tournament for St. Jude's in Brunswick Maryland. Very few bass were caught today. Some were caught around Lander boat ramp and others were caught north of the 340 bridge just above Brunswick Camp Grounds. Greg and I were able to get one in the boat today using a jig and pig combo. We were also using hair jigs made by Andy's Custom Bass Lures, tube baits made by River Rock Custom Baits. With those baits we were using 8# Gamma fluorocarbon line. We caught our smallmouth bass in still water/ eddies made by rocks in the middle of the river. Catching these fish today took patients and still/ dead water. Our fish was caught in about 6 feet of water and the fish weighed 2.9 pounds at weigh in. We also had some bites but were unable to hook up (capitalize) with those fish. We finished 9th out of 42 boats. Today really shows what patients can bring when fishing water at 37 degrees. When the water drops below 39 degrees the percentage of catching fish really does not work in our favor. However, the fish you do catch will possibly be a personal best. For winter time fishing contact Jeff from Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301) 820-5378.    


This week on the Potomac River the water level dropped to 3 feet at Edwards Ferry which is very shallow. The water color is crystal clear. The water temperatures are now in the high 60's to the low 70's depending on what time of day it is. My clients have been catching a lot of there fish on the 3 inch senko baits in a green pumpkin color and black color. We have also found luck with 4" and 3" swim baits. try fishing these baits in deeper holes along the river and in swift current. Once the water levels come back up and the water starts getting a stained color to it try throwing spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. I like to use dark colors with these baits. Don't burn these baits through the water just bring them back in a nice steady retrieve. Target ares where you can see large rocks/ wood. If you would like to experience the awesome fishing the upper Potomac River has to offer contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301-820-5378). shallowwaterfishingadventures.net    

At the end of February and the beginning of March the river fought through a cold front that brought freezing temperatures. We were getting fish in the boat by fishing eddies and slow moving water. The water was low and clear. The lures of choice were jerk baits and tube baits. These baits were fished very slow. All of the water we caught fish in had either man-made structures or natural structures all over. The great thing  about winter is the potential of landing a giant smallmouth or largemouth bass. That is what keeps me out on the water when the weather is cold. The water was in the mid to low 40's. I am sure looking forward to the spring and summer seasons of fishing this year.








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This week was pretty much the same on the upper Potomac River as far as the month of July goes.  The water temperature was in the 80's. The fishing on the river is still the same as the week before. My clients are using 3" PC Rings (Stick Baits) made by River Rock Custom Baits and 2.75" and 2.50" tube baits made by River Rock Custom Baits. We are using dark colored baits. Try using the SWFA Customs color. If your interested in trying these baits contact Robert Shue (540-414-3293) the owner of River Rock Baits and tell him you want the color SWFA Custom. This color is really hot on the river right now. We have also been throwing top water lures. In order to be successful with topwater, I would advise you to fish them very early in the morning or very late in the evening. There has been very good fishing from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry. Before I end this fishing report here is another great tip while fishing the historic Potomac River. Always carry a very nice set of pliers. I think this fishing tool is way over looked. Always purchase the best set of pliers you can afford. A good price range to start at for quality pliers is around $50.00. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier guiding service on the Potomac River . SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER

March  19th-25th

This week on the Potomac River we saw the water rise and we saw it warm up. These two occurrences made for better than average fishing. With the water in the low 50's you will start seeing Smallmouth Bass staging for the spawn. You will be able to find them on flats in shallow water. Look for shallow flats near deep water and structure. You should be using Jerkbaits, tubes and small bass jigs. You will need to fish these baits slow. As the water gets warmer you will start seeing Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass chasing faster moving baits. During that time you should use spinnerbaits. chatterbaits and small crank baits. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River this spring then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!  

This week on the Potomac River near Edwards Fey We really caught some nice fish. The water temperature is still in the mid to lower 70's. The smallmouth seem to still be in a summer pattern for the most part. We are finding them all over the river. Stick to using tube baits and stick worms. we have had some success with topwater baits, but only for a short time in the morning. fish the stretch of the river from the power lines up to Whites Ferry. You will find fish just about anywhere. Focus on the deeper holes for bigger fish. Anywhere on the river where you see the water change from a clear color to a greenish color try fishing in those areas. As the water rises and it gets cooler I will start fishing further north. I will start at Landers Boat Ramp and go north towards the Route 340 Bridge. I believe in the colder months the bass like to winter these areas because of the large rocks, bigger ledges and deeper water. If your not fishing October, November and December your missing out on a fish of a lifetime. If you would like to experience the awesome fishing the upper Potomac River has to offer contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301-820-5378). shallowwaterfishingadventures.net   

Upper Potomac River May 21st- 27th

This week on the Potomac River was excellent. The water was in the mid 60's, high and colored. However, this did not stop the smallies from finding there way into the boat. We were using plastic baits from River Rock Custom Baits. The baits we used were 3 inch stick worms (They are called PC Ringers) and dark colored tube baits. The plastic baits made by River Rock Custom Baits are the best in the business. If you have not tried them you need too. If you would like to try them out first before you place your order book a trip with Shallow Water Fishing Adventures and see for yourself. The other baits we are using are chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. You will need to slow roll these baits to get the best chance at getting bit. All of these baits are being fished in the eddies behind rocks in the middle of the river. You will need to fish the top, middle and bottom of the eddies and the current seams created by the rocks. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!    

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER MAY 28th- June 3rd
This week on the Potomac River was excellent. The water was in the upper 60's very low 70's. We were using dark colored 3 inch plastic stick baits (PC Ringer/ River Rock Custom Baits). We also found success using Ringers wacky rigged. If you like using the wacky rig style try going to a 4 inch Ringer. Try a 1/8oz or 1/4oz weighted hook. Weight depends on the water level. If the river is high go heavier. The next bait we found success with was the tube bait/ River Rock Custom Bait brands. Try using a 3 inch or smaller dark colored tube. Try using a 1/8oz or 1/4oz weighted tube hook set up when fishing a tube bait. River Rock Custom Baits makes a Crawler Head hook that fits tube baits perfectly. When you order from River Rock ask the owner Robert Shue which crawler head works best with the size tube you are using (540) 414-3293). I Fish the mentioned above baits on the bottom of the river. As the water temperature warms up try using a dark colored spinnerbait (no bigger than 3/8oz) or chatterbait (no bigger than 3/8oz). You will need to slow roll these baits to get the best chance of hooking up with a smallmouth or largemouth bass. Try fishing all of these baits in eddies (slow moving water/still water) that are directly behind rocks or areas on the river with large chunk rock in the middle of the river. You will need to fish the top, middle, bottom and current seams of the eddies to find that sweet spot they are hanging out in. Don't forget that as the water warms up the bass will start chasing topwater. So start trying top water baits a little when you are out fishing. These baits catch big fish!!! Try using poppers, buzzbaits, prop baits and baits that can be walked on the top of the water. My favorite bait to use for top water fishing is a Kelly J. jr. made by Lucky Craft. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!     

This week on the upper Potomac River the water temperature got into the low 80's. This summer pattern has been very simply for us. My clients are using 3" PC Rings (Stick Baits) made by River Rock Custom Baits and 2.75" and 2.50" tube baits made by River Rock Custom Baits. We are using dark colored baits. Try using the SWFA Customs color. If your interested in trying these baits contact Robert Shue (540-414-3293) the owner of River Rock Baits and tell him you want the color SWFA Custom. This color is really hot on the river right now. We have also been throwing top water lures. In order to be successful with topwater, I would advise you to fish them very early in the morning or very late in the evening. There has been very good fishing from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier guiding service on the Potomac River . SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!      







Upper Potomac River

February 19th- 25th
This week we saw the weather warm up in an unseasonal way. With this warming trend we saw smallmouth start to move all over the river. They were in deep and shallow water. My bait of choice for this warming trend was a suspending jerk bait. With this lure we were targeting the slow moving water on the shore lines and the eddies in the middle of the river where the water was deeper. The bite at times was very lethargic. All of the areas we caught fish in had one common denominator and that was chunk rock. If you get the chance to experience some of this action remember the suspending jerk bait is a great bait for the upper Potomac River when the water is in the  forties. 

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We have now reached the end of the year and it is the month of December. The water is in the low 40's and very clear. Clear water makes it very hard to catch smallmouth bass. However, it can be done and you can have great success as long as you find deeper darker water with the right baits. The baits I like to use in this situation are 2.75 inch (and smaller) tube baits made by River Rock Custom Baits. The colors I use are SWFA Custom and green pumpkin. I like to also use River Rocks swim bait called a Striker. These baits are putting a lot of fish in the boat. When using these tubes and swim baits you should rig it with an 1/8 oz Crawler Head made by River Rock Custom Baits. The last bait I really like to use is a suspending jerk bait. It can either be 3 inches long or 4 inches long. All of these baits need to be fished very slow and on the bottom or as close to the bottom as you can get them.Shallow Water Fishing Adventures is open all year around for chasing smallmouth bass. If you would like to book a trip on the upper Potomac River and experience cold water fishing for yourself then contact us today. 301-820-5378. BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!!!   

Upper Potomac River May 7th- 13th 2017

October 23rd through October 29th 2016

The Upper Potomac River has been fishing very well for the past few weeks. However, this week we were hit by one of the very first cold fronts of the year letting us know that winter is coming. When this happens the smallmouth and largemouth bass sometimes don't want to cooperate. But with a little knowledge and patients you can be very successful. This week I found that using 8# pound test fluorocarbon Edge and braided Torque line from Gamma Fishing Line tied to suspending jerkbaits made by Lucky Craft lureswere getting fish in the boat. Some other baits that get smallies and largemouth in the boat this time of the year on the Upper Potomac River are hair jigs made by Andy's Jigs, tube baits made by RIVER ROCK CUSTOM BAITS. I like to use tubes 3 inches or smaller.

This week I had a chance to fish with a fellow guide from the lower tidal Potomac River Steve Chaconas. Steve is the best fishing guide on the lower Potomac River. He is the owner of National Bass Guide Service. If anybody is looking to catch largemouth or snakeheads on the lower he's the guide to contact. He provides great service while on the water and will share his years of experience with you about the lower Potomac River  tidal waters. You can contact him by phone at 703-380-7119 or you can go to his website http://www.nationalbass.com.   




Upper Potomac River
November 6th - 12th 2016
Fishing this week has been tough from Seneca/ Riley's Lock all of the way up to Brunswick Maryland. The water has been between 50 and 55 degrees. The water is very clear and very low. When you are out there fishing watch where you are going. There are rocks that you would normally never see but because of the water level they are now a problem and are dangerous. Most of the fish this week have been caught on suspending Jerkbaits made by Lucky Craft. The model being used is called a Pointer 78. I have also been using tube baits made by Confidence Baits. These tubes are called The Little Tube. These tubes are 2 inches long. You should rig them on a Draggin Head Hook. Buy their micro size Draggin head hook for these tubes. All the other tube baits I have been using are 3 inches and smaller in length. I have been using natural colored tubes that mimic crayfish. All of these lures are being used with 8# Gamma flourocarbon with braided Gamma fishing line. I have been fishing these different lures near structure close to the shore. I have observed that all of these areas with fish also have depth and bottom structure change/ contour. The fish are very spread out along the river. Remember to fish very slow and be patient for these Smallmouth and Largemouth bass. They are there but it will take them longer to take baits this time of year on the Upper Potomac River because they are acclimating to the colder waters. I do not believe these bass on this part of the river (The Upper) really handle the colder water as well as bass on rivers just north of us in Pennsylvania. When you do catch one, feel how cold they are and look how fat there bellies are getting. You can tell they are trying to get ready for the cold winter months ahead.

Soon these fish will start going to there wintering holes. These wintering holes will keep these fish safe until the following spring. Remember to always wear your life jacket this time of year.
If you would like to book a late fall or winter time fishing trip with Shallow Water Fishing Adventures you can call 301-820-5378 or go to http://dev.shallowwaterfishingadventures.net/home.html and you can find Shallow Water fishing Adventures on Facebook.          

It's now November and the river has seen a considerable rise since the fall season has arrived. We are now seeing shorter days and colder nights. The water temperature is around 55 degrees and falling. I believe the water temperature will be in the high 40's by the middle of November. Whenever the temperature drops in to the low to mid 50's you start to see the since of urgency in the smallmouth bass. These fish are very big procrastinators. They wait until the very last minute to eat everything in sight. This only gives the fall fisherman a small window to capitalize. This fall my clients and I have capitalized on the fall conditions by using suspending jerk baits and tube baits. My favorite suspending jerk bait to use is a lucky craft pointer. My favorite tube bait to use is a River Rock Customs 2.75" tube in a SWFA Custom color. We have been finding fish in the slack water and in current breaks. These baits need to be worked slowly. The bite has been very subtle, even if its a really big fish. So if you even think its a bite set the hook. If you would like to experience the awesome fishing the upper Potomac River has to offer contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301-820-5378). shallowwaterfishingadventures.net  

FISHING SHOW/ EVENTS

January  31st 2017

I will be attending a fishing show at Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs  West Virginia on Feb. 18th as a vender. On March 4th and 5th I will be attending the West Virginia Fishing & Hunting Outdoor Show in Morgantown WV as a vender. In April 2017 I will be doing seminars for the Girls Scouts of America Troop 3036 and a seminar for the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) in Northern Virginia. Please contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures if you are interested in Shallow water Fishing Adventures conducting a seminar for your group or club.

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This week on the upper Potomac River we saw the river rise from 3 feet to almost 5 feet. The water temperature was in the low 70's and not very stained. My clients were using a 3" PC Ringer (stickbait) in the SWFA CUSTOM color. This produced a lot of fish and quality fish. This bait is fished on the bottom of the river with a very slow retrieve. The other bait we used with a lot of success this week was the Popper. I can't stress how much of a big fish catcher this bait is. When this bait is fished in the right conditions on the Potomac River you catch gigantic smallmouth bass. This is a great time of year to use this bait. During this time of year when the weather is just right smallmouth bass will bite this topwater bait all day long. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier fishing guide service on the Potomac River. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishes 365 days a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!     

Upper Potomac River
December 17th 2016

Here is your fishing report for the beginning of winter. What ever you do, do not go out on the river right now, it's not even a little safe its dangerous. I like to fish in the winter but I even know when to stay off the river. Once the ice goes away you should not have any problem fishing from a boat. Remember to wear a life jacket of some kind and bring dry clothes with you incase you were to get wet.

Upper Potomac River July 16th- 22nd

This week was pretty much on par for the way the upper Potomac River fishes in the month of August into Septmeber. The water temperature was a little colder then normal because of a cold front. The water ended up being around 68 degrees and very clear water. But the water level has been very stable but very low. My clients are using 3" PC Rings (Stick Baits) made by River Rock Custom Baits and 2.5/ 2.75" tube baits. We are using dark colored baits. Use the SWFA Customs color. This color is really hot right now. We have also been using topwater baits early in the morning and late in the evening. Try a popper. The popper is producing some really big fish right now. When fishing all of these baits look for water with color in it (greenish color) There are parts of the river that are very clear and areas that are not so clear. If you can find the areas that are not so clear you will find fish. Remember the areas that are not as clear need to have a hard bottom to them. There has been very good fishing from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry. If you are fishing Lander's Boat Ramp fish the middle of the river about a half mile up from the launch. We have had success with the PC Ringer in the middle of the river. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier fishing guide service on the Potomac River. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378).Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishes 365 days a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!

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This week was pretty much on par for the way the upper Potomac River fishes in the month of August. The water temperature was around 78 degrees. My clients are using 3" PC Rings (Stick Baits) made by River Rock Custom Baits and 2.5/ 2.75" tube baits. We are using dark colored baits. Use the SWFA Customs color. This color is really hot right now. We have also been using topwater baits early in the morning and late in the evening. Try a popper or the whopper plopper. When fishing all of these baits look for water with color in it. There are parts of the river that are very clear and areas that are not so clear if you can find the areas that are not so clear you will find fish. Remember the areas that are not as clear need to have a hard bottom to them. There has been very good fishing from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry. If you are fishing Lander's Boat Ramp fish the middle of the river about a half mile up from the launch. We have had success with the PC Ringer in the middle of the river. Before I end this fishing report here is another great tip while fishing the historic Potomac River. Always carry a very nice set of pliers. I think this fishing tool is way over looked. Always purchase the best set of pliers you can afford. A good price range to start at for quality pliers is around $50.00. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier fishing guide service on the Potomac River. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business. 

Upper Potomac River December 3rd 2017

Upper Potomac River July 30th- August 5th

Upper Potomac River October 8th - October 14th 2017

This month fishing on the Potomac River has gotten better and better. The water is now in the low 60's and rising. The water is a little stained but not terrible. Now that April is close to being over, the water is only going to get warmer and warmer. This means crazy smallmouth action. Soon we will be getting into the top water bite, which is some of the most fun you can have on the Potomac River. For late April and early May I would keep throwing tubes, senkos, bass jigs with pork trailers and jerkbaits. Look for the eddies/ slack water for some big smallmouth. You should also start experimenting with your faster moving baits. Those baits would be crankbaits, swimbaits, all topwater baits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. These smallmouth bass break the rules all the time and you should always be ready for them. In the next couple of weeks if we get several days of very warm weather (meaning 80 or higher) expect these smallies to hit topwater baits (example poppers and buzzbaits) and chase baits. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River this spring then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!  

Upper Potomac River August 20th- 26th

Upper Potomac River June 18th- June 24th

​This week on the upper Potomac River we saw the river get up to the warmest temps (Mid 80's) its seen so far this year. The summer patterns are in full effect and we are finding fish all over the river. You will need to start fishing faster moving water and pay attention to the surface of the water. Remember topwater baits are very effective this time of year. Try fishing topwater baits early in the morning and late in the afternoon. As for the other baits keep fishing the PC ringers made by River Rock Custom Baits and their pro tubes in 3.75 inches or 2.5 inches. stick with dark colors. Try the SWFA Custom color and green pumpkin color. You can't go wrong with these colors. Remember in the summer the bite can be slow. This is because of the warmer weather. You will find the slowest part of the day will generally be mid afternoon. Don't let this stop you from fishing. Keep pushing through the hottest part of the day and it will pay off. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier guiding service on the upper Potomac River . SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!   

Upper Potomac River October 1st- October 7th 2017

Upper Potomac River September 17th- September 23rd 2017

Upper potomac River November 3th, 2017

Upper Potomac River September 10th- September 16th 

Upper Potomac River May 14th - 20th

Upper Potomac River February 26th- March 4th

This week on the the upper Potomac River we fished some really fast falling waters and clear conditions. The water temperature was around 75 degrees. The falling clear water made it difficult to put fish in the boat. The only way to fix that problem was to keep moving from spot to spot. My clients found success with 3" dark colored PC Ringers, dark colored tube baits and topwater lures early in the morning and late in the evening. The above mentioned baits can produce giant smallmouth and largemouth bass when fished with confidence. Target the areas on the river that have darker colored water and areas where there is deeper water. Early in the morning we have been catching fish in clear shallow water.If you would like to experience the awesome fishing the upper Potomac River has to offer contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures (301-820-5378). shallowwaterfishingadventures.net 

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This week on the Potomac River brought change to how the bass were being caught on the river. With the water in the low 80's the smallmouth bass are starting to begin there summer patterns. The best baits to use right now are 3 inch stick baits made by River Rock Custom Baits (named PC Ringer) and tube baits made by River Rcok Custom Baits. We were having luck using dark colors. The other bait we were having luck with was a chatterbait. When using the chatterbait use dark colors and try fishing small chatterbaits (smaller than 3/8oz). I am putting swimbaits on the chatterbaits as trailers. You will see a lot of smaller fish but keep fishing and you will find yourself hooked up with some 16+ inch smallies with time on the water. Try fishing deeper areas on the river if you have no luck with catching bigger fish. Fish rock structures and areas where you have large rocks in the middle of the river by themselves. Start trying topwater baits in the mornings and evenings while on the river. 

If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!

Upper Potomac River June 4th- June 10th 

Upper Potomac River
November 20th - 26th 2016

This week was tough.  It is starting to frost almost every night. This means the water temp is getting colder and colder. The water temp this week was in the mid 40's. I don't mind the cold air or the cold water. What I do mind is the wind. It makes it feel colder than what it really is and worst of all it hinders the ability to feel the bite of a nice smallmouth or largemouth. The bite is hard enough to recognize without the wind blowing 20 mph. With all of that being said this is the time of year where a fishermen can really have a great chance at catching a real trophy bass. The upper Potomac River produces some really big smallmouth and largemouth. I firmly believe that the upper Potomac River has the biggest and meanest smallies in the state of Maryland. Here are a few of the lures I have been using to catch these cold water bass. The first lure I believe you should not go on the river without is a suspending jerkbait made by Lucky Craft Lures. The 2 models I fish with are the Pointer 78 and Pointer 100.  The next lure I don't fish without this time of year is a tube bait. Confidence baits, Mizmo Bait Company and River Rock Custom Baits make a great tube bait. These baits need to be fished slow and on the bottom of the river. The last bait I have been using is a hair jig made by Andy's Custom Bass Lures. These jigs are top of the line  jigs that get the job done even in the toughest of conditions. With all of the baits I have mentioned in this review I only tie them to Gamma Fishing Line ( http://www.gammafishing.com/). I use their braided line (Torque) and there Fluorocarbon line (Edge). With this combination braid and fluorocarbon as a leader you cant go wrong. The quality of the line is unmatched. Remember with all that's been said in this review. Always fish very slow this time of year. If you think you are fishing slow fish slower.

April 26th to the 1st of May

The end of April saw the Potomac River rise to over 7 feet and the temps rise to almost 70 degrees. If you fished above Landers Boat ramp you noticed that the water was a little clearer which made for better fishing. I was using black/ green pumpkin colored plastic baits, small senko baits and tube baits. Whenever the water gets to be that brown color fishing success tends to drop off. We were catching smallmouth bass behind large rocks that were still sticking up above the waters surface. I say that because of how high the water was. They were in the eddies and the current seams. You should start seeing more of a summer pattern very soon. Once the water clears I would start trying more moving baits and topwater baits.  If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River this spring or summer then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!         

This week was pretty much on par for the way the upper Potomac River fishes in the month of July into August. The water temperature was in the mid 70's because of the heavy rain fall. My clients are using 3" PC Rings (Stick Baits) made by River Rock Custom Baits. We are using dark colored baits. Try using the SWFA Customs color. If your interested in trying these baits contact Robert Shue (540-414-3293) the owner of River Rock Baits and tell him you want the color SWFA Custom. This color is really hot on the river right now. We have also been throwing top water lures. In order to be successful with topwater, I would advise you to fish them very early in the morning or very late in the evening. There has been very good fishing from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry. If you are fishing Landers Boat Ramp fish the middle of the river about a half mile up from the launch. We have had success with the PC Ringer in the middle of the river. Before I end this fishing report here is another great tip while fishing the historic Potomac River. Always carry a very nice set of pliers. I think this fishing tool is way over looked. Always purchase the best set of pliers you can afford. A good price range to start at for quality pliers is around $50.00. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures the premier fishing guide service on the Potomac River. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378)BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business. 

This week has been tough because of the rain and high water levels. Its ok that the water rises but not to the point of where it becomes dangerous. The temperature of the water has gone down from the upper 60's to the high 50's. Once the water goes back down to safe levels, keep fishing with tubes and senko type baits. I had some luck with spinnerbaits as well. Keep your spinnerbaits at 3/8 oz or less. Keep fishing the eddies on the river and fish around rocks that you see sticking up out of the water. If you have a chance to fish the creeks that pour into the main part of the river I would also do that. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!    

Upper Potomac River June 11th- June 17th

This was one of the best weeks so far this year. The water temp was in the high 60's and stained with high water. We have had alot of rain but that has not stopped the action at all. If you are planning on fishing the upper Potomac River anytime soon I would stick with throwing tube baits and senko baits. Focus on the rocks and slow moving water in the main part of the river. Any place you can find slow moving water you will find fish. Fish these areas well. You might have to cast into these still water location several times before you get bit. As the water warms up and summer gets closer try using any type of fast moving bait to induce a strike from a smallmouth or largemouth bass. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!    

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This week on the Potomac River brought change to how the bass were being caught on the river. With the water in the low 70's the smallmouth bass are starting to begin there summer patterns. The best baits to use right now are 3 inch stick baits made by River Rock Custom Baits (named PC Ringer). We were having luck using dark colors. The other bait we were having luck with was a chatterbait. When using the chatterbait use dark colors and try fishing small chatterbaits (smaller than 3/8oz). I am putting swimbaits on the chatterbaits as trailers. You will see a lot of smaller fish but keep fishing and you will find yourself hooked up with 16+ inch smallies with time on the water. Try fishing deeper areas on the river if you have no luck with catching bigger fish. Fish rock structures and areas where you have large rocks in the middle of the river by themselves. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST! Give Robert Shue at River Rock Custom Baits a call 540-414-3293. These baits are the best in the business!!!

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