• 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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  • Gene Mueller´s Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Generally speaking, the weekend outlook for local anglers of all stripes appears to be good in spite of renewed rains in some areas. Much of the precipitation has been strongly localized. For example, a cloudburst in parts of Frederick County on Tuesday muddied a Potomac feeder. But the Monocacy, the waters above the rain-soaked area, was in good enough shape for smallmouth bass fishermen. In fact, the Washington County portions have given up good numbers of bass, even a few heavy walleyes. Published September 28, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Magic is about to happen for the fresh- and saltwater anglers in the Washington area. Never mind occasional days of rain; they'll go away. Never mind that odd 85-degree day that shows up now and then during September. Just as sure as steamed, spiced crabs and venison steaks are Mueller household staples, the hot days are decreasing; cool weather is on the way, and along with it some of the best fishing since spring.Magic is about to happen for the fresh- and saltwater anglers in the Washington area. Never mind occasional days of rain; they'll go away. Never mind that odd 85-degree day that shows up now and then during September. Just as sure as steamed, spiced crabs and venison steaks are Mueller household staples, the hot days are decreasing; cool weather is on the way, and along with it some of the best fishing since spring. Published September 21, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    We have mostly good news for weekend anglers in the Washington area. The heavy rains that fell throughout the region, which ruined many basements and even house foundations, are quickly receding and clearing. Even the mountainous portions of the Potomac, Rappahannock and James rivers will be very fishable in a day or two. In fact, you could visit them now and probably hook a few smallmouth bass. On Wednesday, the Point of Rocks section of the upper Potomac stood at a little over three feet. It had been as high as nine feet last week. Published September 14, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Local and distant fishing success will suffer from an overabundance of rain in every Middle Atlantic State. The next four days could keep some of our area's anglers indoors, but there also will be some who scoff at rain. Published September 7, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Here's a surprise for all who suppose that this week's fishing will have to be postponed because of the aftereffects of Hurricane Irene. From nearly every corner of our region comes word that the water is fine, certainly good enough for fishing and, if anything, the catches might be better than usual. It happens frequently after strong storms blow through our area. Published August 31, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    It may not appear as if autumn is on its way, but several cooler-than-normal August nights already have improved the fishing in a number of local waters — something that is sure to happen everywhere later next month. Published August 24, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Every saltwater fisherman from New England to New Jersey by now has heard that a potential world record striped bass (aka rockfish or striper) of 81.88 pounds was caught by Greg Myerson, of North Branford, Conn. Published August 17, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    As slightly lower temperatures beckon anglers of all stripes over the coming days, bass fishermen have asked if there's a problem in the upper tidal Potomac River regarding the apparent disappearance of submersed aquatic vegetation (SAVs) — the fish-hiding weed beds that are a necessary part of a bass hunter's day. Published August 10, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    The proliferation of large blue catfish in the upper tidal portions of the Potomac River is astounding. In a river that not too many years ago wasn't even home to this tough piscatorial adversary, the Potomac already has given up several in the 60-pound range and, a few days ago, an angler up around Fletcher's Cove in Georgetown came to the concession building to show off a 55-pounder. It is believed that these catfish could have migrated north from Virginia's James and Rappahannock rivers. Published August 3, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Good news for Chesapeake Bay boaters who haven't enjoyed decent sea trout fishing in some years. Published July 27, 2011

  • Andy Schleck captures overall Tour de France lead

    By Greg Keller - Associated Press

    If Andy Schleck is to finally win the Tour de France, he's going to have to overcome one final obstacle on his own. Published July 22, 2011

  • Schleck takes aim at Tour de France by surging in Alps

    By Jamey Keaten - Associated Press

    Andy Schleck led a daring attack in the Alps to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, putting him within seconds of the yellow jersey and quashing Alberto Contador's hopes of a fourth title. Published July 21, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    Have you wondered why in the past several days local meteorologists continue to remind us that it is very hot? Published July 20, 2011

  • Gene Mueller's Fishing Report

    By Gene Mueller - The Washington Times

    It wasn't all that long ago when New Orleans super chef Paul Prudhomme came up with his famous blackened redfish and seafood lovers everywhere loved the dish. Published July 13, 2011

  • Tour de France: Rui Alberto Costa wins 8th stage

    By Jerome Pugmire - Associated Press

    Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the leader's yellow jersey. Published July 9, 2011

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