Last week we looked at three of the top lures you can use for river smallmouths in the Shenandoah and other nearby bronzeback waters such as the Potomac, Rappahannock, Cacapon and James. Here’s a look at four more offerings to stock in your vest or mini tackle box.

Kevin Harvick went winless through the first 19 races of the 2019 season, but Sunday he grabbed his second win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis to score his third win of the year as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads into the playoffs.

Easing gently downstream with the flow of the current, I tossed the tiny prop bait toward a mid-river rock, waited until the ripples disappeared, twitched it once, then again. A loud whoosh filled the air and a visible swirl cracked the Shenandoah River’s smooth surface as a smallmouth grabb…

When the topic of the .22-caliber firearm comes up, people often look off into the distance, grin softly and think back to their first rifle or pistol — and that special person who introduced them to shooting sports as a kid.

Hot summer days, family vacations, work, lawns to mow, and plenty of fishing on tap…all those and other things make it hard to think about deer hunting in summer. But if you don’t do a bit of pre-planning, you may be caught without a sound strategy when opening day comes around, whether that…

One inescapable fact is that racing is dangerous, and often incidents that occur in the sport are spectacular.

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:

Most trout fly fishermen are aware of the importance of aquatic insects in their quarry’s diet. These include mayflies, stoneflies, caddis and similar species. But while these water-born insects get most of the attention in trout fishing literature, in modern times terrestrial insects (those…

If there’s anything that can be learned from the August NASCAR night race at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway, it is that people in NASCAR need to get a clue.

It may seem hard to believe, but hunting season is upon us. Dove hunting is always first on the list for fall sportsmen and women wanting to get afield. That’s the case this year as well with the opening at noon on Sept. 2.

Early in the 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick had to make an unscheduled pit stop and appeared out of contention for the win.

When planting fall food plots of brassicas, radishes, beets, and turnips, the first step is to do a soil test and add the needed fertilizer according to the test results. Also, add the required lime needed to bring the pH up to at least 6.0. A reading closer to 6.5 is even better. Kill any e…

With only five regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races remaining before the playoffs, this is not the time for drivers in championship contention to be making enemies.

As we saw in last week’s column, plants with bluish-green leaves called brassicas are among the best choices for fall food plots. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “brassica crops have a number of beneficial attributes including rapid fall growth, high biomass productio…

“Pinch me,” I thought, “I must be dreaming,” having a very hard time believing that here I was wading in cold, cascading water on a hot, humid early-summer day fishing for wild trout not far from home.

Many readers have asked recently for some information on what to plant for fall food plots. So over the next few weeks, we’ll delve into this topic with information on not only what to plant, but also how to plant it to ensure the best crop possible for wildlife. We’ll also delve into some o…

Today’s bass anglers have so many superb lures available that it’s sometimes difficult to decide which bait to tie on the end of the line. Topwaters, grubs, crankbaits, buzzbaits, swim baits, jigs, spinnerbaits, blade lures, tailspinners. The list is a long one. And then for each category, t…

It’s that time of year again. Even though the days are sweltering and fishing is going strong, it’s time to shift gears occasionally and focus on the upcoming hunting seasons. A good way to do that is to mark your calendar for Aug. 9-11 and plan on attending the annual Outdoor Sportsman Show…

“Huh?! Come again,” I asked, straining to hear over the cell phone connection. “Where did you say exactly?”

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:

Rising to the surface, the black-spotted brown trout gently sipped in the Blue-Winged Olive mayfly imitation. Setting the hook, the angler was fast to a gorgeous 14-inch trout that had been planted as a fingerling and was now fighting virtually like a wild fish. The trout raced furiously thr…

Tossing the silver-bladed lure into a swirling eddy near the shoreline of the Shenandoah River, I closed the bail on the ultralight spinning reel. After two turns on the handle, I was rewarded with the sharp stabbing take of a hefty smallmouth bass.

People’s lives are so busy these days that it may be hard to find time to read a whole 800-word column--even if you’re interested in the topic. So for those people, here are some short tips and tactical insights that might help you catch more fish or harvest more game, or at least enjoy the …

Easing carefully along the bank of the trout stream, I suddenly spotted a large brown trout hanging under a branch of a willow tree. This would be a special challenge. He was obviously an old, educated trout that had seen many flies during his lifetime.

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:

What should have been the best Formula One race of the year was absolutely ruined by one of the worst calls race officials have ever made.

If you like to fly fish for warm water species such as bass and panfish, you may well focus on large lakes like Frederick, Anna, Moomaw and Smith Mountain. But some of the best sport with the long rod for these gamefish takes place on smaller waters – farm ponds, stock tanks and tiny natural…

Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono (Pennsylvania) International Raceway on Sunday but it’s what will take place at the track in 2020 that is interesting.

A wide array of new products have been introduced by hunting equipment companies in recent months. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the most impressive ones that might be of interest for fall hunting seasons, arriving soon with the opening of doves and Canada geese in September.

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: