Fishing Little Falls Branch in Maryland


Little Falls Branch, or creek, can be found just north of Washington, DC. You can park in the small lot at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave NW and Little Falls Parkway. Then hike eastward and you will find spots where the water gets a few feet deep and is still, and you may find panfish and small bass in these spots. (To date, I’ve not landed a bass and so I can’t be sure if they are smallies or largemouths. I am guessing the former.)

The fish can spook easily as the water is crystal clear. A fly rod chucking a rubber version of the San Juan worm works very well. Or you can cast a meal worm or earth worm on a small hook (size 8 or less) with a small bobber a couple feet above the bait. (The water is shallow, but you need distance between the bobber and bait or the fish will be hesitant to bite.)

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How to Catch Snappers at Louse Point in East Hampton


Louse Point is a nifty spot where the young bluefish (“snappers”) come in to feast upon minnows.

You can chase them with really simple tackle: light monofilament line (4 to 8 pounds) and a lightweight rod. My kids used the classic Zebco 33 with great success. Harvey at the Tackle Shop in Amagansett can sell you popper rigs, which consists of heavy monofilament line, a cone bobber, and a long shank narrow hook with either a flashy skirt around it or a rubber fake eel cover on it. Both word great, and a popper rig costs maybe $8 or $9 and will last forever. If you really want the snappers to go berserk, add a dead minnow to the hook. (Harvey also sells those, and other bait.) Its is simple fishing—cast and reel. And look for surface disturbances—the big busy patches that happen when a school of snappers encounter a school of minnows.

Fishing tends to be best when the tide is coming in. So check the tides online.

Fly fishermen can bag snappers with ease. Use floating line and chuck a Clouser Minnow or other streamer. Harvey also sells flies with stainless steel leads, as snappers have vicious teeth that will shred line. If you chuck one of your own flies, best include tippet that is thick enough to take the abuse. And strip as fast as you can—bluefish are blazingly fast and love rocketing baits.

Fishing at Claridon Woodlands in Claridon Township, Ohio


Claridon Woodlands is part of the impressive Geauga Park District. The park system is about a 45-minute drive east of Cleveland. Claridon Woodlands is a nice area to walk and take in the beauties if nature. It has a nature center and features a climbing wall and high ropes course.

We gave the pond a whirl, and found bluegill and bass hitting on red wriggling worms. My five-year’s experiment in using McDonald’s french fries to catch fish did not succeed.

More fishing at Lock 3 in Akron, Ohio


We saw fish in the canal every visit we made to Lock 3 in downtown Akron, Ohio. In summer, they are there. (Not so in winter—the shallow water is too cold.)

We’ve caught largemouths, little catfish, rock bass, sunfish, and bluegill. Here you see us contend with panfish who were skittish. But, with a little cunning we quickly scored one.

For more info on this fishing hole, see my previous Lock 3 video and blogpost.

Fishing Louse Point in the Hamptons

Louse Point is a little spit of land in the Springs section of East Hampton. It is a fine place to fish for young bluefish (AKA snappers), porgy, and more. At times it can  be a bit buggy, what with teeny buggers landing on one’s hands (which is annoying) or greenhead flies and deer flies. So consider wearing long pants and long sleeves, despite the heat. And bring bug spray, which helps. To get the gear you need to catch snappers and porgies, try the Tackle Shop in Amagansett.

Lake Medina Surprises Me with a 30″ Northern Pike

Lake Medina is a sizable, beautiful lake where you do not need a fishing license to enjoy its waters. The water is clear, the shored are rocky, and there’s a huge amount of space to shore fish. Kayaks can be put in on the northern side of the lake — although it is about a 500-foot haul from the parking lot just off Granger Road. (I have not clue what the southern side of the lake looks like. I never made it there.)

When we arrived around 9am, my eyes popped—a couple of largemouth bass a short distance from the shore! And bluegill and other panfish immediately began hitting worm on bobber.

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Catching bluegill and sunfish with shrimp


Earthworms are terrific for catching panfish. But what to do when you do not have a bait shop nearby and can’t dig any up (maybe you live in an apartment)?

Sure, I have heard folks sing the praises of boxed mashed potatoes. They have not worked for me—the potato tends to fall apart when the hook hits the water. I have reworked the consistency a bunch of time—and I’m done with that.

My new go-to bait is shrimp. I buy frozen, peeled shrimp—a container of 36 ran about $10. Each shrimp can be lopped into maybe a dozen tiny pieces that fit snugly on little size 8 snelled hooks.

Here’s the math for the value proposition: $10 / 36*12=432 pieces of bait = 2.3 cents per piece of bait. Bargain!

I only need to thaw three or four shrimp at a time—which can easily be done by soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes.

Shrimp also endures the nibbling by small panfish very well.

What more can you ask? Shrimp is cheap, you can have it on hand year round, and it work ridiculously well. Give it a shot.