Conservation Alerts

Fletcher's Boathouse river access at risk

Updated 12/15/14: The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is hosting a public meeting regarding Fletchers Cove river access, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the NPS National Capital Region Headquarters located at 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC, 20242. The meeting will address both interim and long term proposals. Club leadership will be represented; members are urged to attend.

In October 2014 an official with the National Park Service declared the walkway to the Fletcher’s Cove boat dock unsafe for public use, effectively cutting off access to the Potomac river from publicly available row boats, canoes and kayaks. The walkway, which once floated at the lowest tide, is now grounded and compromised by siltation. Unless immediate action is taken, there is a strong possibility the dock will stay closed next spring. The continued operations of the Fletcher’s Cove concession as we now know it may be at risk. To ensure continued access to the dock in the spring of 2015, ACTION MUST BE TAKEN NOW. Please click on this link for instructions on how to express your concerns and spur action.

Act today to help fight algae in the Shenandoah!

A personal appeal from Jeff Kelble, President and Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper Inc.:
Are you tired of the algae in the Shenandoah River? I know I am, and I need your help doing something about it. On August 5th, 2014 Shenandoah Riverkeeper initiated a legal challenge (litigation) against the United States Environmental Protection Agency to compel them to do something about our algae problems.

Click here to download a sample letter and instructions for getting your voice heard in support of this important effort. Read the press release, then follow links to the right of the release.

Click here to view e-mail from Jeff and forward link to your friends and family.

2014 State of the Nation's River Report: River Friendly Growth

Potomac Conservancy's 2014 State of the Nation's River report calls for urgent action to preserve local water quality in the face of rapid urbanization. The report takes a close look at emerging threats to the Potomac and offers common sense solutions for clean water. Download the report. 

New USGS Research

Fsh exposed to estrogenic endocrine-disrupting chemicals may have increased susceptibility to infectious disease. Read the Technical Announcement...

Jeff Kelble named president of Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc.

Read the news release...


Fishing Contest

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2014 Results

Section 1, Biggest Fish: George Moran, 20.5"
Section 1, Best 5 Fish: Dave Lockard - 84"
Section 2, Biggest Fish: Bill Pearl - 19"
Section 2, Best 5 Fish: Bill Pearl - 84.5"
Section 3, Biggest Fish: Wayne Tate - 20"
Section 3, Best 5 Fish: Bill Pearl - 84"
Largest on Fly: Wayne Tate - 20"
Best 5 fish on Fly: Randy Chandler - 75"
Largest by New Member: John Aucella - 19"
William Shriver Award: Bill Pearl - 176.5"
Grover Cleveland Award: George Moran - 20.5"

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Next Meeting

When: 1/28/2015 @ 7:30 PM
Program: Mark Burks
Location: Vienna Fire Station, 400 Center St. South, Vienna, VA
Doors open at 7:00

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Now in our 26th year!

Founded in 1988 and now in its 26th year, the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) is the Washington D.C. area's leading river fishing and conservation organization. We promote catch and release angling for smallmouth bass, support conservation organizations and agencies, publish a monthly newsletter, present monthly programs with guest speakers, and organize river trips for our members.  ...more 

January speaker Mark Burks will discuss tackle trends

January 28th

By Bill Amshey, PRSC Program Chair
At the January meeting, Mark Burks, who writes a fishing column for the Purcellville Gazette and operates a custom tackle business, will talk about custom rod building, what goes into the process with a customer, and speak about trends he sees in the industry as a whole with regard to rods, reels, tackle, and more. 
Mark Burks is something of a rarity in the Washington area – he was born in Washington and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from T.C. Williams High School, he worked for VA Power for 17 years. Since then, has worked mostly as a Federal contractor with part-time stints at Galyan’s Trading Post and, most recently, at Dick’s Sporting Goods. He is also the owner/founder of Catoctin Creek Custom Rods, LLC. In his spare time, Mark writes “The Lure of Fishing” column for The Purcellville Gazette, which is how I happened to find Mark as a potential speaker for our Club. The title of the article was “ICAST 2014: The Winners.” ICAST, which stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, is the “Big Daddy of fishing shows. In the article Mark highlighted the “best of Show” categories from rods to reels to lures. I thought the article was very informative, so I tracked mark down and asked him to speak. 
Since the early 1990’s, Mark has occasionally repaired and converted rods. It was in 2009 that he started his custom rod-building business, Catoctin Creek Custom Rods, LLC, deciding to make money doing something he really loves. It was also an extension of his first passion, fishing.  Mark’s Internet based business has grown substantially since its inception, with a customer base that includes anglers from 20 states. He has a pro staff of six tournament anglers, as well being a sponsor of the Liberty University Bass Fishing Team. His approach to custom rods is simple: “No matter how embellished the rod is, it should always be 100% functional!”  In addition to rod building, Mark has worked part time in the Lodge at Dick’s Sporting Goods, focusing primarily in the fishing section. He gets a firsthand view of the trends in all aspects of fishing: rods, lures, line, etc. 
We hope you can join us for what should be a very interesting evening.