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Its that time of year, even though fishing remains good,
reports are now few and far between as winter approaches. We will
do our best to try and keep up with what is occuring and post the
Fishing Report: + November Outlook
Chaconas National Bass
Cold Water Fishing
Icy ramps in the morning and
evening make launching dangerous. Also bunks will freeze after
launch; soak them in the water before driving boat on.
Water is around 40 degrees. All
techniques work better with lighter line. Use combinations of
10-15 pound Gamma Torque braid with 6-pound Edge fluorocarbon
leader. A dry week, but cold with highs only in the low 40s.
Overnight lows in the upper 20s. Warming into the 50s into the
weekend with highs of 50 with showers.
Target areas with steep drops.
Spoils Cove and Smoot Bay are protected bays with deep water and
are out of the current. There are other deep spots in various
creeks. Warm water discharges, Possum Point, Blue Plains and Four
Mile Run are hot spots, literally. Often 10 degrees or more
warmer. This allows for more aggressive presentations.
Hydrilla and milfoil grass on
the Potomac are going, going, gone! Target hard cover and
drop-offs. Look for rock, wood and docks! Fish are moving
and eating! Reaction baits get the job done…take
note of speed. Search baits like squarebill cranks, lipless
crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits with cloud cover or
chop on the water can locate grass and fish. Early November
fishes entirely differently than the end. Transition from late
fall into early winter takes place.
REPORTS FOR MOST LAKES, RESERVOIRS
RIVERS AROUND THE STATE
Fishing Report - December 7, 2018
OVERVIEW: Most gamefish are holding in deeper
water during this season of the year. Unless there is a warm
water discharge in the vicinity, the fish will be deep and very
sluggish. They will not move far or fast to feed, and successful
anglers know that small baits, fished very slowly, are the better
choices. "Dead-sticking" is one of the better
techniques at this time of year. This involves casting a grub or
jig 'n pig and allowing it to sink to the bottom. Once it hits
bottom, it should be allowed to sit with no motion for as long as
the angler can stand it. After the initial wait, move the bait
very slightly and let it sit again. Self control and patience are
required, and the slower the retrieve, the more successful the
angler. One trick that is practiced by veteran anglers is to cast
a small, plastic grub, saturated with fish attractant, into 15-20
feet of water and set the rod down. Leave the bail open and use
another rod to work a different lure.
Point Marina Fishing
As we head into October, we are being greeted with a lake
that is just above full pool and water temps in the low to mid
70's. The fall fishing is going to be one for the record books.
The popular Sunday Morning Bass Series will wrap up on Sept
30 and will finish the year with a 21 boat average per event.
The SMBS Fall Classic (100% payback) is Scheduled for Sunday
October 21 from 7am-3pm. All you need to do is fish one regular
season event to be eligible.
Talk around the lake is about the upcoming 2018 Angler
Appreciation Tournament on Saturday October 27 (Make up date for
weather will be on Sunday October 28, 2018). The entry fee is
$120 and includes two big fish pots. Boat numbers will be
assigned in the order that entries are received.
As in the past, there will be three flights of boats that are
separated by 15 minutes each.
1st Flight- Boats 1-50 7:30am-3:30pm
2nd Flight- Boats
3rd Flight- Boats 101-150 8:00am-4:00pm
BASS- With lake levels at full pool, there is plenty of cover
to fish around the lake. Water willow, lay down trees, boat
docks, stumps and any other type of cover you can imagine has
water on it and will more than likely have fish around it as
Look for fish to actively chase bait and feed heavily,
especially in the morning and late in the day (sometimes all day
long) in preparation for winter. Moving baits such as a Dave's
Tournament Tackle Tigershad Spinnerbait, Lipless Crankbaits (Rat
L Trap or Red Eye Shad), 1.5 & 2.5 Squarebill Crankbaits are
all great choices for covering water and locating fish.
Fall is also one of my favorite times to fish with top water
baits. Walking baits, poppers and buzz baits are always tied on
my rods this time of year. Another favorite bait of mine is a
soft jerkbait, this is probably the most versatile bait that I
use. You can fish them weightless, weighted or on a jig head.
Rigged on a Scrounger Head is one of my favorite ways to fish
CRAPPIE- The crappie are starting to make their move
towards their fall ambush points. Look for them to start showing
around boat docks and shallow bridge pilings.
Fish a small minnow rigged under a slip bobber with minimal
weight (just enough to keep minnow in place) or an abundance of
artificial baits. Mt favorite is a 2" Big Bite Lures Curly
Tail Grub rigged on a Mizmo 1/16oz jig head in Tractor Green,
Green Weenie, Back/Blue Chart Tail and Wally World.
STRIPER- The Striper are actively chasing bait to the surface
and birds have already started to show up at the lake, they will
continue to do this through at least Thanksgiving week, but
could go longer depending on weather.
There are many baits you can use to catch these fish. A Bass
Assassin Sea Shad rigged on a 1/4oz jighead and casted into the
swirling fish is a great way. One of my favorites is with a
Cotton Cordell Broken Back Redfin, these sub surface wake baits
draw violent top water strikes and the hook up percentage is way
better than a true top water bait.
Trolling will still play a roll early in the month, but as
water temps drop casting will be your better choice. Spoons
vertically jigged while watching your electronics will always
catch fish when you can locate them feeding in deep water.
Early in the month, look for them to be around the splits. As
the water cools. the bait will start to push up in the river
arms and major creeks throughout the lake. Towards the end of
the month, the S-Turns in Pamunky and above the 522 bridge in
the North Anna arm will hold large schools of fish.
Please have respect for other anglers chasing Striper as
well, if you see someone casting into schooling fish, DO NOT run
the big engine up into the fish and start fishing right beside
them. You can ease into them with the trolling and everyone can
catch fish and everyone will be happy!!!!
September 25, 2018
LAKE LEVEL- FULL POOL (2"
WATER TEMPS & CLARITY
DIKE 3- 80 Degrees
DOWN LAKE- 78-80 Degrees CLEAR
MID LAKE- 75-78
Degrees CLEAR/SLIGHT STAIN
UP LAKE- 74-78 HEAVY STAIN
Anna Point Marina/Fish Tales Tackle
REPORT October 31, 2018 NO UPDATES
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris
Hicks reports clear water and good bass fishing, with anglers
bringing in one bass over 6 pounds and another over 5 last
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass
Adventures reports water temperatures are in the 50s and there is
a strong crank bait bite around hard cover. Use a small,
deep-diving crank bait over rocks and wrecks
Posted on December
5, 2018 by Capt.
Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service
(804-514-1486) out of Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported
that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water temperatures were in the mid
40’s in the lower main lake on Wednesday (12/5/2018), with
similar temperatures at the upper end of the lake. The lake level
was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was light
brown and clear in the central lake.
Blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels
in the main
lake and were hitting live minnows and cut bait.
Most crappie were on
drop-offs and in channels in the main
lake, especially near wood cover.
Activity varied, with active
crappie hitting live minnows,
TOP FISHING REPORT
December 6, 2018 by Stan Cobb
Update: December 14th, 2018)
Big Rockfish are being caught almost daily. Weigh in are
occurring in the Cape Charles area, but most of the big fish are
coming from areas north, such as Tangier, & 59A. Wednesday
produced some big fish from the 42 area, so the fish are getting
closer to the mouth of the bay. Many of the bigger fish are
coming from live Eels, which is typical for this time of year.
The Eels are usually rigged either with a float, or tight lined
with various egg sinker weights. Trolling swim shads, bucktails,
and tandem rigs, are what's mostly working inside the rivers.
Little Creek Reservoir has been producing some quality Crappie
lately, along with some Pickerel, and Largemouth. Little Creek
typically remains clear despite heavy rain. Weights were up this
week for the 3rd Winter Series Bass Tournament out of Sturgeon
Creek Marina on Lake Anna. 18.08 lbs was the winning weight, with
Josh Hall and Matt Martin being the winners.
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