Riley’s Lock

The Nontidal Upper Potomac River at Riley’s Lock, Potomac, Montgomery County, MD

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It’s always fun to fish new water.  Today Dan and his father Larry Betz and I went to Riley’s Lock on the C & O Canal at the mouth of Seneca Creek and the Potomac River.  This photo shows the boat launch at Riley’s Lock.

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We met up with Dave and Steve.  Between us we exploited the river resources, testing lures and strategies.

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This photo shows Seneca Creek upstream of the launch and lock.

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Steve and Dave pass under the C & O Canal aqueduct (Riley’s Lock) and out onto the Potomac River.

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An upstream view of the river, which includes a series of islands and massive submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds of water stargrass, hydrilla and wild celery.

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Downstream on the Potomac from the aquaduct is a series of rock outcrops and rapids that prevent motorized boats from going any further downstream.  All together, motorized boats have about a three-mile reach of river to fish, without too much of a hazard of damaging a prop to submerged rock.

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Father and son, Larry and Dan, as Dan takes his first smallmouth bass, using a fire-tiger crankbait, fishing to structure along the shoreline.

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I caught this smallie on a Zoom tube bait.

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A fellow fisherman watches from his perch, the female Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), has a strong straight bill, used to dive and spear fish and crayfish.

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The beautiful cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), in bloom along the banks.

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Steve yanks a nice largemouth out of Seneca Creek using a small tube bait.

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Not to be outdone, Dave takes a smallmouth out of the same section of reach.

The river was beautiful, and we all lost or saw bigger fish.  Dan even saw a beaver swimming through the crystal clear SAV beds.  Larry hammered red-breasted sunfish using Cubbie Mini-Mite (Clyde’s) jigs.

A relaxing day on the water, and fun was had by all!

 

 

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