June 16, 2013
The bites were coming for anglers on the Susquehanna Flats in a Bass Federation tournament in September 2010. But they weren't from fish. “It was so salty, they were catching crabs up in the flats,” Baltimore angler Donald Haskins said. “A lot of us were downriver fishing for bass, and we would get a bite and we'd have a crab on our line.” The September tournament came toward the end of a three-month drought, which dried up the Chesapeake watershed late that year, and the Susquehanna River was trading a great deal of water and crustaceans with the Chesapeake Bay. Dry spells and unexpected pinches are the last thing competitors, including Haskins, will anticipate in this week's EverStart Series Northern Division tournament.
May 11, 2013
Does it not rain in every part of the state of Maryland? Of course, it does ("Craig signs scaled down Harford 'rain tax' bill into law," May 3). That fact makes me wonder why only the 10 most populous jurisdictions are required to pay the so-called "rain tax. " The runoff in the western-most counties eventually flows into the Potomac River, which then empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The counties on the Eastern Shore are currently exempt from this...
March 4, 2013
It may be known as the Nation's River, but here where the Potomac carves its way between Maryland and Virginia, ownership is up for grabs. Again. A court battle that pits a group of property owners against two small paddling and tubing companies seeks to establish who controls the river, the banks and the mud below. A Washington County circuit judge has pushed the dispute across the water to Loudoun County, Va., saying he lacks jurisdiction. But it's not clear that Virginia's justice system has standing either.
December 11, 2012
The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be mostly sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high near 52 and northwest winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. A small craft advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. for the Maryland Chesapeake Bay and tidal Potomac River. The small craft advisory continues until 1 p.m. for Maryland waters south of Sandy Point and the lower tidal Potomac River. Another small craft advisory is in effect for Maryland waters south of Sandy Point and the lower tidal Potomac River from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
September 7, 2012
Envision escaping to a secluded island destination where even your iPhone doesn't roam. Paradise. Images of idyllic, uninhabited beaches and authentic local fare instantly flood your brain. Then you start thinking about long flights, passports and pricey accommodations, and the idea quickly flees your mind. Wait — come back! Did you know that there are exotic islands just off the coast of Maryland? Yes, really. We've uncovered three remote retreats, all within a three-hour drive from Baltimore, where you can unplug, recharge, and, blessedly, not know a soul.
May 15, 2012
The Potomac River, which flows between Maryland and Virginia, was named the nation's "most endangered" waterway today by a Washington-based environmental group. American Rivers put the Potomac atop its annual list of endangered rivers. Though cleaner than it used to be, the "nation's river," so named because it flows through Washington, D.C., still faces threats from urban and agricultural pollution, the group says, and from cutbacks being pushed in Congress of federal environmental regulations.
March 17, 2012
On New Year's Eve, Shawn Wetzel went from his home near Gettysburg, Pa., down to his favorite fishing spot on the Potomac River at Fort Washington Marina. Wetzel, who goes there every weekend, has caught around seven catfish weighing more than 60pounds each over the past two years. Then on New Year's Eve he reeled in one that he weighed in at a little more than 79 pounds. It would have broken the Maryland record for blue catfish, except for one small problem. "Being a holiday, there was nobody [from the Department of Natural Resources]