My first shad of 2019, caught on March 16

Kosar shad 03-16-2019.jpgI saw a post from uber angler Alex Binsted on Friday, April 15—he had caught a shad near Fletcher’s Cove. I contactd a fishy friend and learned that his son had been on with Binstead and also had bagged a shad. A check of the water temperature showed me the time had come—the Potomac was 50-51 degrees. That’s the temperature to start chucking for shad, and the perch who often can be found with them.

So there I was at 7:30am in the brisk morning air (mid-40s, 15mph cool wind), right after sunrise. It took half an hour, but then the hit came—a load on the big Nungesser spoon. It took maybe 30 seconds to get the fish in, who ran left and right and leapt out of the water. It was a beautiful fish, around 17 inches, and thick. I got the spoon hook out of the top of its mouth and soon it was rocketing back into the depths.

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How to Catch Trout at Lake Cook in Alexandria, Virginia

Kosar rainbow trout 03-2019Lake Cook (directions here), also called Cook Lake, is little lake in Alexandria. It’s all of four acres, but is stocked in the winter with rainbow trout and has channel catfish. (You can check the Virginia government’s stocking schedule here.)

There’s a small parking lot next to it, and Cameron Run —which is fishable— is across the street. All of which makes Cook Lake and easy-to-fish experience. I’ve hauled three young kids there without any trouble. All of them caught trout.

The lake appears to get perhaps 15 foot deep. Trout, loving cool dark waters, tend to hole up in the middle of the lake. Conveniently, there are two fishing platforms that enable long casts to the lake’s center. That said, trout can be found all over the lake (after a stocking), and you can wander anywhere about Lake Cook’s perimeter and cast with ease.

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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.

More late November catfish from the Anacostia River


The boy has caught a lot of catfish, but for some reason he got really excited about this one. We were at one of our favorite spots on the Anacostia River in Washington, DC.

I used the usual bait (stinky chicken) and rigs (homemade Santees). We had six rods out, which meant we kept very busy, hauling in one fish after another. You can catch a glimpse of the 100-quart cooler I turned into a four-rod holder. (Quick how-to video here.) I have dropped the cooler in a garden cart, which makes it way easier to pull if I am having a heavy gear day.

Catching Catfish at Diamond Teague in Washington DC


Cool November weather means voracious catfish. I was averaging four fish per hour, with six rods out.

Five of the six had my home-made Santee rigs on them. On the other pole I simply tied a 6/0 circle hook to the end of the line, and tied a 2-ounce pyramid sinker about 2 feet up the line. (Crude, but it works, although the hook-up rate is a little lower.)

The catfish hit on my chicken stink bait and some rotten bacon. The biggest of the bunch was 15.5 pounds and more than 30 inches. (See the photo below.) I had a much bigger fish hit and draw out line. He felt like a swimming tire—and slipped the hook after about 15 seconds, unfortunately.

As the video shows, when I go catfishing it tends to be cardio vascular exercise. Spreading rods out over a wide area enables one to locate the hot spots and to get exercise dashing from one end of the dock to the other.

Kosar catfish 11-17-2018

That is a 100-quart cooler, mind you.

Fly Fishing the Cuyahoga Falls River in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio


It is not a river runs through it, but hey—it is a river, and its health is coming back. I’ve written previously of this fishing dock, located at 1160 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Here I had to work hard to nab a panfish, but it was worth it—certainly the kids cheered. Why it was so slow this time is beyond me, as small fish tend to school about the dock. Regardless, we had fun, and as the dun went down we got to watch a resident raccoon make her way along the shore.

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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