Monday March 6th after work I ran down to chain bridge in DC to see what was going on. Nothing for the first hour and then a guy shows up next to me. He's rigged with a 4 inch Kalins chartreuse speckled grub and I think the first cast hooks up. Guess what, it's a striper?! Decent size schoolie of about 6 pounds. Literally the next cast he's hooked up, good size walleye! Then finally he took a few casts without a fish. Remember I hadn't caught a thing. Finally though I put it together and get a walleye and a decent schoolie striper. Not bad. Heard of several other reports of an excellent walleye bite from Great Falls down through DC. Water temp made it to 46 on USGS and air temps were in the 50's, plus some wind. Too much wind to use the boat. Although I thought about it.
Tuesday... Still don't have Ryan. Feeling bummed out a little from women issues. Might as well go try for a woman that always aims to please. Although she can be a little unpredictable about when she decides to show. Headed up to the susky. First tried for shad but the river was blown brown poo. Local fishing for shad said it just came up. Well, that didn't help things. Tore my waders somehow on the first spot and flooded them with 40 degree water. It was like having needles stabbing your leg every second. I couldn't stand it anymore after about an hour. Packed it up. Found a wader patch, drank a few beers in the car with the heater on. Changed into an old pair of jeans, no socks, no underwear... Then checked the Conowingo report for water level conditions. Must have listened to it 12 times. The report was already on tomorrow's report but it should be similar to today. They estimated the river to drop from 59K CFS to 21k cfs at 2100 hours. Well, it's an estimate. I've never seen the spot I was in with so much water before and I've fished there over 100k CFS with spill conditions. Not sure what was up but maybe they had more water pushing over the eastern side. Disclaimer... you cannot target striped bass above the line between lapidum and Port Deposit. But there are fish on that line. Patched my waders, drove and got some coffee... I'm ready now. Checked the river again and sure enough it dropped. Nothing at the first spot. Water conditions had significantly improved. 11pm and water dropped even more. Finally a tug. Not just a tug, more like a gut wrenching violent blind sided collision with Troy Palomano in his prime. That wasn't a rock... Drag singing, fish trying to tail walk like a steelhead but it's immense belly preventing the entire body from clearing the surface... That's what I'm looking for. Three more fish followed suit. This is the best of the best and it's not even past the first week of March. Not another soul on the river either. No boats trolling where they would certainly succeed. We'll see how popular this blog is. I shouldn't post it for a while really. But the cold will return this weekend and I'm sure it will shut it down again for a while. It was near midnight now and I actually left biting fish after releasing my fourth spring giant. All fish were near 40" except the first... it was huge. Terrible photos, better phone was dead. Leave your wives, quit your jobs and head down to the river people. The time is now!