Tidal Potomac River:
The tidal Potomac River is a wonderful resource, proclaimed by many experts as “the finest tidal largemouth bass fishery in the world.” While most popular for her largemouth bass, smallmouth and striped bass are also plentiful. We provide guided outings from the tide line, just upriver of Washington, D.C., to the Route 301 bridge, approximately 50 miles downriver—plus every Maryland and Virginia tributary along the way. We choose a launch site that best suits river conditions, weather considerations and “where the fish are biting best.” As good as the river can be, it can be tough some days. One thing is certain; there are plenty of bass to pursue. The average bass is 2.5 pounds but some 4#, 5#, 6# and larger bass are fairly common. Ken Penrod has written three books about the historic Potomac and our guides have intimate knowledge of the fishery. Our boat license covers you except in District of Columbia waters—but our guides carry DC license for sale. We utilize large, comfortable Ranger bass boats powered by Mercury outboards. One or two persons. Multiple boats available. A great February to December fishery.

 

Upper Potomac River:  
Not to be confused with the tidal Potomac, the upper Potomac River is smallmouth bass country—a free flowing river of some 250 miles. Maryland owns the entire main stem so you must have either a Virginia, West Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license. The most popular and productive areas lie in the Piedmont region but we have guides for the “mountain” area if water conditions permit. Smallmouth bass are prolific, and it’s not unusual to catch (and release) 50-100 bass per 3-person outing and some of these bass are trophy caliber. We fish from comfortable Xpress/Mercury jet boats with artificial lures. This is a great, relaxing experience where you never fish the same water. Spinning or fly tackle is recommended—and the ladies and youngsters can have productive days. One or two persons. Multiple boats available. A great April to December fishery.

 

Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania:  
“I consider the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to be the finest smallmouth bass river on the east coast,” said Ken Penrod in his book titled Pursuing River Smallmouth Bass. We prefer the area above Harrisburg, launching from Riverfront Campground, where the Juniata River meets the “Susqy.” We fish from Xpress jet boats powered by Mercury jet drives. Our “window of opportunity” depends upon river flow—and we want high water. The best time frame is mid-March through May. We use spinning tackle and artificial lures, especially Mizmo tubes. It’s no big deal for a 3-person trip to catch (and release) 30-50 smallmouth bass in the 3-pound-and-better class. We can provide low water, summertime outings also. Fishing license required. One or two persons. Multiple guides available. March through May, or whenever the river level is above 4.0 feet at Harrisburg.

 

Upper Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries:  
The tidal Susquehanna River, North East River and “Flats” were at one time Maryland’s premier largemouth bass fishery. Guess what? It’s not that far off the mark today. What a great water to fish! We utilize big, comfortable Ranger bass boats powered by Mercury, and our Lowrance GPS and sonar provides invaluable assistance. We choose launch sites that suit the weather and tide. Our boats cover fishing license. While largemouth bass may be most sought after—you should see some of the smallmouth bass we catch—and rockfish too. March through November. One or two persons. Multiple guides available.

 

Deep Creek Lake:  
Some call Deep Creek Lake “Maryland’s Other Vacation Destination” but for those that prefer the mountains to the beach—wild, quiet beauty to ant-colony crowds and sand in the underwear—black bass to sand crabs, this is a no-brainer. Did you know that Deep Creek Lake is/was home to four of Maryland’s freshwater fish records? We fish from super-comfortable Ranger bass boats with all the finest equipment. “Last summer was the best fishing I’ve ever seen and I’ve been fishing here for more than 40 years,” said guide Brent Nelson. Our fishing techniques are rock-solid, and if the kids want to accompany dad or mom, just bring some live bait. Hard core bass anglers are hard pressed to find more or better bass—but fishing can be tough at times. April through October. One or two persons. License required. Multiple guides available.

 

 

 

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Tidal Rivers.

  Sassafras River:  
One of our guides, Dave Covell, thinks enough of the Sassafras to own a vacation residence there—Dave loves this water. It is quite productive but can be fickle at times. Largemouth bass is the focus, and Dave’s big Ranger bass boat is a joy to experience. Our license covers you. One or two persons. June through October.

 

Choptank River:  
Only an hour from Washington or Baltimore’s Beltway, the Choptank River is a “decent” largemouth bass fishery—and highly underused. We launch from Martinak State park and fish a myriad of cover from wood to vegetation. We fish from excellent Ranger bass boats powered by Mercury. Tidal flow is very important with the outgoing tide most productive. Our boat license covers you. One or two persons. Multiple guides.

 

Nanticoke River:  
This can be a tough fishery without a falling tide but no visitor ever came away with negative emotions. The winding, marsh rich estuary has some productive tributaries to visit if the main stem proves difficult. Our modern bass boats negotiate the river miles effortlessly. If spring perch or pickerel appeal to you—this is the answer. Spatterdock in Broad Creek, or along the shores near Seaford or in the Marshy Hope is the best summer pattern for spunky bass. Our boat license covers you. Outgoing tide is important. One or two persons. Multiple guides.

 

Wicomico River:  
The Wicomico River, accessed in Salisbury, is a terrific largemouth bass fishery. The best fishing lies within the “No Wake” zone of the city, and it’s not unusual to fish an entire day without using outboard motor power. Our Minn Kota trolling motors and Douglas marine batteries are all we need sometimes. While the outgoing tide is best, it’s not so necessary as some of the other tidal rivers on the Eastern Shore. Our clients have taken bass to five pounds and it’s not beyond reason to expect 20-30 bass per “good-day.” It’s a little noisy here, because of the town, but hook up with a fat bass and tell me you heard a horn honk. Our boat covers license. One or two persons. May through September. Multiple guides.

 

  1. Pocomoke River:
    You have to book at least two days for us to escort you, but what a jewel this river is.  Many of our clients have summer homes in nearby Ocean 
     
    City and book us for this water. The bass aren’t big by Potomac standards but they make up for that in numbers and fight—most days. The summer pattern is spatterdock and cypress roots but we have a few extra patterns to employ.  Our boat license covers our guests. June through October. One or two persons. Multiple guides

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