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Old 05-23-2010, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I was running along the Mt. Vernon trail today and I saw a dead fish on the river bank that looked to be (easy) three and a half feet and maybe 30 pounds. This was not the deep water mouth of the potomac area -- it was a mere five miles south of the Wilson bridge. Any guesses on whether this thing was a catfish. If not, what might it have been? I didn't think there was anything but small trout and bass in the Potomac.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I was running along the Mt. Vernon trail today and I saw a dead fish on the river bank that looked to be (easy) three and a half feet and maybe 30 pounds. This was not the deep water mouth of the potomac area -- it was a mere five miles south of the Wilson bridge. Any guesses on whether this thing was a catfish. If not, what might it have been? I didn't think there was anything but small trout and bass in the Potomac.
Was probably a catfish or carp as I can't think of much else commonly found around here of that size (even snakeheads don't get to 42 inches). As to what you thought, there are no trout in this part of the river. Bass yes. It's a pretty big river so can support some pretty large fish.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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On a related note... did anyone else hear something about a shark being caught in the Potomac River the other day?



Does anyone know what part of the Potomac that was? What on earth was a shark doing there?
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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I guess in the Potomac the catfish grow to the size of a bull shark.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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On a related note... did anyone else hear something about a shark being caught in the Potomac River the other day?



Does anyone know what part of the Potomac that was? What on earth was a shark doing there?
Near Point Lookout MD I believe.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Near Point Lookout MD I believe.
Aha, so it was right at the mouth of the river. That makes more sense. I was picturing a shark swimming down near the monuments.
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Aha, so it was right at the mouth of the river. That makes more sense. I was picturing a shark swimming down near the monuments.
Don't worry, the Bull Sharks will be here soon enough as they eventually become acclimated to the fresh water. I fully expect within 10 years to encounter one in Little Hunting Creek. On the bright side, maybe they'll eat the snakeheads!
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If it will keep fools from swimming in the river, I'm in favor of having a shark or two. Hey, why not anchor a few giant plastic sharks in the section above the falls? Might just save a few lives.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Centreville, VA
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There are untold numbers of huge catfish in the Potomac - Tim Trigger (Cat fisherman extraordinaire) helped this kid land a state record on the Potomac a few weeks ago.

Big blue catfish may be new state record
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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On the bright side, maybe they'll eat the snakeheads!
Lol!!!
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