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MonForestDave

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From Morgantown - transplanted to the Baltimore Region, I'm looking to use my WV fishing license for more then just the once a year trout trip to the Mon National Forest. I'm looking at Harpers Ferry. At only an hour 15 from where I live now it seems like the smallmouth fishing is good and I'm thinking of taking my spin cast and my fly rod with me next week to do some wading. Has anyone fished at Harpers Ferry before? Any words of wisdom, etc? Maybe next year I'll do a float trip but for this year I'll probably just wade or take my bike along the C/O canal. 

 

 

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2kanzam

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Sorry, I've never fished that before but it seems like you are leaving *and* passing an insane amount of good fishing to get to harper's ferry to fish. 
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I've fished around Harper's Ferry.   Check regulations on wading.  that is not the safest stretch of water.  I fished from some of the rock islands via canoe with a guy I know.  I'm not real sure I'd try to wade it unless it is from the Virginia side on the Shenandoah.



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MonForestDave

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Baltimore to Harpers Ferry doesn't seem like a hotbed of great fishing waters. I trout fish more then anything. There's a few adequate ones between here and there but I still have to drive at least an hour to get to those as well. Maybe there's something I'm missing? I do like the North Fork of the Shenandoah in Va but that's twice as far. Catoctin? Antietam? 

 

 

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Sorry, I've never fished that before but it seems like you are leaving *and* passing an insane amount of good fishing to get to harper's ferry to fish. 

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Maybe he thought you're into snakeheads lol, I'd love to catch one anyways!
Probably talking about the Susquehanna. It's the smallie capital

Glad to see you come back to WV!
Potomac in that area is a fantastic smallie fishery.
PM GregWV on here or holler at Josh Keller on Facebook.
Also the Cacapon isn't much further... plenty of guys on here drive 2hrs for good fishing and floats.

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Cheatriver8730

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Potomac at Harpers Ferry definitely can be wade fished. The needles section below dam #3 down to the Shenandoah confluence is wadeable with care at normal summer levels( way too high right now) Access from the Maryland side of the river - C & O canal towpath.

Antietam and Catoction creeks both have smallmouth and are fun to wade if you enjoy small stream fishing but would require a Maryland license.

The Monacacy has smallmouth but is difficult to wade and often muddy.

Closer to Baltimore the Patapsco has smallmouth and reasonable access. Again need a MD license.
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MonForestDave

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Thanks guys. Yay, growing up in WV I had so many great trout waters nearby. Now it's the Gunpowder, Big Hunting Creek and others - but still not the number or diversity of streams I once fished back home. I'm getting a bike this week and might think that way too with the C&O, the NCR and other bike trails in the region that parallel streams/rivers. The "wading" part of my statement earlier was more about not being afraid to get my feet wet. The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers - you're not going to wade/fish those like Shavers Fork, Dry Fork etc. They command a bit more respect. 

 

 

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bballdad

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I have fished both rivers at or near harpers ferry since a young boy, both are wadable and very good small mouth fishing as well as a few other species. Like any stream just take caution while wading and you will be fine.
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2kanzam

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Baltimore to Harpers Ferry doesn't seem like a hotbed of great fishing waters. I trout fish more then anything. There's a few adequate ones between here and there but I still have to drive at least an hour to get to those as well. Maybe there's something I'm missing? I do like the North Fork of the Shenandoah in Va but that's twice as far. Catoctin? Antietam? 

 



Nah... that's my bad... I read that backwards... That you came TO WV... not from

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Smallie fishing is usually fantastic around Harpers Ferry but the fish density is way down this year because of flooding last year. There were 4 20ft water levels (it's usually around 2-4ft). However there are still some fish to be had. Carp fishing on the fly has been good if you are into that. It is surprising how eager they are to eat a fly if you get it in front of them without spooking them. Usually requires long accurate casts but sometimes you can get really close depending on the position of the fish. Woolly Buggers usually work. The smaller creeks around like Back Creek are still holding a lot of smallies.

The Needles below dam 3, as already stated above, is a good stretch on the Potomac. Millville dam is good on the Shenandoah side. Look for the power plant and take the dirt road up the hill next to it. The stretch down from Shepherdstown is good too. Road runs close to the stream and there are a few pulloffs for access.

Stop in the fly shop along rt 340 White Fly Outfitters if you come down.

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