• William Schnittman: Champion Michigan rower, Olympic hopeful, dies in Okla.

    By Associated Press

    Authorities say an ex-member of three national champion University of Michigan rowing teams with aspirations to compete in the Olympics was fatally shot by his girlfriend’s estranged-husband in Oklahoma City in a murder-suicide.

  • Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Atlantic croakers finally have decided to show up in Southern Maryland waters. The species is a warm-weather favorite for thousands of local saltwater anglers who use two-hook bottom rigs, baited with pieces of (very expensive) bloodworms, peeler crab, or more reasonably priced squid and small, uncooked grocery store shrimp.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Now that the catching of 18-inch striped bass is legal anywhere south of the Hart-Miller dike in the northern Chesapeake Bay, most Maryland boaters are delighted simply because the large trophy stripers that had to measure at least 28 inches have not been the easiest fish to find of late. Incidentally, the 18-inch rockfish also are legal in Virginia's Bay waters.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    If you're among the hundreds of boaters trying to troll up a 28-inch-or-longer striped bass during Maryland's current trophy rockfish season, don't be upset if you come back to port without the fish you're after.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    During the current open season for trophy striped bass in the lower portions of the Potomac River and Maryland's part of the Chesapeake Bay, conflicting reports are heard from boaters who are out by the hundreds looking for big rockfish.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    The rains finally arrived, and even though we prayed for the wet stuff, a lot of anglers feared a lengthy downpour would raise and muddy water levels. It didn't happen.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By The Washington Times

    In some parts of our region fishing could not be better, but biologists are concerned that the shortage of precipitation might affect spawning activities of certain fish, including smallmouth bass in such rivers as Virginia's Rappahannock and Maryland's Potomac.

    Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    A little more than a week ago, when water and air temperatures were unusually warm, there were fears that, like the largemouth bass, the striped bass of the Chesapeake Bay would arrive sooner than normal and begin their spawning run.

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  • Lindsey Vonn sets women's World Cup points record

    By Eric Willemsen - Associated Press

    Lindsey Vonn set a women's record for the most World Cup points in a season Saturday after finishing eighth in a slalom won by Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser. Published March 17, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    What a difference a few 80-degree days can make. Dale Knupp, who lives in La Plata, Md., and who fishes the upper tidal Potomac River as often as possible, launched his boat at the Smallwood State Park boat ramps in Mattawoman Creek this week and, thanks to his electronic depth sounder, discovered that the surface water temperature had reached almost 60 degrees. Published March 14, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Earlier this week, there was snow — OK, it wasn't enough to make a snowball — but that was followed with May-like temperatures, which confused more than a few local anglers, but the fish didn't care. With the exception of some area waters that became discolored during recent rains, resulting in a slow "bite," as bass fishermen call it, there is plenty of catching being done near and far. Published March 7, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    There's no way to hide it. March is here, and even if day and night temperatures still can be on the cold side, the numbers of fish species that local and distant anglers now go after are increasing daily. Published February 29, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    The upper, tidal Patuxent River between Hills Bridge and Jug Bay is giving up scads of pre-spawn yellow perch. On Monday, a group of us Southern Marylanders caught well over 80 roe perch and smaller "bucks," as the males are called. Published February 22, 2012

  • Lindsey Vonn claims fifth straight downhill title

    By Andrew Dampf - Associated Press

    Lindsey Vonn clinched her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title Saturday after placing third in a race on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course won by German rival and friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Published February 18, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Can spring be far away when a number of local, tidal creek fanatics have begun their annual hunt for yellow perch? Published February 15, 2012

  • Lance Armstrong finally at ease after probe comes to close

    By Jim Vertuno - Associated Press

    As far as Lance Armstrong is concerned, it's all over. Published February 9, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    As you read this, the air will tell what typical February weather should feel like, but the past six or seven days' spring-like temperatures have worked wonders on man and fish. Published February 8, 2012

  • Prosecutors close Lance Armstrong doping probe with no charges

    By Greg Risling - Associated Press

    Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program. Published February 3, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Although local meteorologists say that January 2012 and the beginning of February aren't even close when it comes to warm winter month records, every fisherman in the Washington area wouldn't mind if things stayed that way at least until April arrives. Published February 1, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Although the close-in Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and North Carolina continues to deliver great catches of tunas and striped bass, this also is a good time to think of planning outings to the Tarheel State's surf and inlet waters that are not far from the Virginia border. Published January 25, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    When Lake Gaston, Va., resident Marty Magone visits the tidal Potomac River just south of Washington, it generally is to be with old friends, the river's largemouth bass simply being pleasant interruptions between story telling and keeping up with the latest news. Published January 18, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    While Washington-area saltwater anglers are not doing very well close to home, the same cannot be said of those who launch their boats at Virginia Beach's Rudee Inlet and begin fishing the moment they're in open water. Published January 11, 2012

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Every New Year's Day, come sun, fog, rain, snow or ice, we go fishing. We've done it for more than a quarter century, but compared to years gone by when ice occasionally had to be broken before we found the water, the first day of 2012 could not have been more accommodating. Published January 4, 2012

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