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So this is pretty big news... according to VDGIF sources,
Lake Anna is scheduled to receive 70,000 F1 N1 "tiger"
bass this spring. June is the target stocking month. All will
be chemically marked so biologists can study their growth. If
the fishery responds anything like the Chickahominy River or
Smith Mountain Lake did, we are likely looking at 10 pounders
seven to eight years after the stocking. Tiger bass are hybrids
of Florida and northern strain largemouth bass that grow
quickly, bite aggressively and are hardy enough to withstand
Virginia winters. Imagine what they might do on the "hot"
side of the lake...
TOP FISHING REPORT
January 15, 2020 by Stan Cobb
Update: January 22, 2020)
Saltwater - Not
a lot going on on the saltwater front, or at least, not a lot of
reports. There's plenty of Rockfish available inside the bay for
catch and release fishing. There are loads of big fish being
caught on live eels still. Ocean anglers are catching plenty of
Tautogs on wrecks and reefs. There's been some Bluefin Tuna
caught, along with some Yellowfin Tuna, and some Big Eye Tuna.
Swordfish have become very popular the last few months, and some
notable sized Swords are being caught.
Freshwater - Warmer
than normal weather has the fish in many places scattered. Some
are still deep, while there's also many fish shallow. Tidal
river fish are almost always shallower than lake fish, but many
are reporting that the Bass are holding to shallow cover
constantly. The Chick River, Lake, and James River are prime
examples. 21 lbs was the winning weight from the Chick River
over the weekend. 19 lbs was 2nd, with a 10 lb Lunker! The 10
lber was reportedly caught from the Lake. Good catches are
occurring on the Rapp, Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Rivers also. The
Crappie on these rivers have been surprising to some anglers, as
many dismiss tidal rivers as good Crappie choices.
Chaconas National Bass
this week, but it’s mid-January. Days are getting a bit
longer and some of the best fishing can start. Water will be
warming very slowly going forward, activating the food chain.
It’s the one time of the year that stained water isn’t
a horrible thing as it will warm ahead of the rest of the water.
Fish deep and steep drops close to shallow flats in out of the
current areas. With water only around 40, you have to fish
slowly and downsize line, Gamma 15 pound braid with 6 pound
fluorocarbon leader on spinning gear. The same techniques used
in the last few months will be effective, drop shot, shaky head,
split shot and jigs.
Only in the mid 30s this
week with overnight lows in the low 20s. But sun provides some
neutralization of the cold temperatures with some thermal
warming. Warming into the mid 40s by mid-week and to 50 by the
Leaving baits in one spot for up to
5 seconds or more, fish are aware of baits in their zone but
will not chase. Sometimes they pick baits that have been sitting
for a while. Bites are very light, so be aware of any weight of
the fish. It’s best to use open hooks to allow for easier
penetration. Keep hooks sharp!
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Fishing Report - January 17, 2020
DALE CITY FLEA MARKET - The 25th Annual Dale
City Flea Market will take place on Saturday, February 1st at
the Dale City Fire Department, 13511 Hillendale Drive, Dale
City, Va. Tables available @ $35 each. Contact: Dan Grulke:
OVERVIEW - Although the air temperature is
jumping up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, the water
temperature is still cold. Most fish are going to be located in
deeper water until the sun warms the water in mid to late
afternoons. Keep this in mind during the upcoming warm spells.
Posted on January
15, 2020 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
were in the low to mid 50’s throughout the lake on
(1/15/2020). The lake level was about an inch over
the top of the dam and
the water was light brown and slightly
to moderately cloudy in the central
Some blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in
channels in the
main lake while others were dispersed onto
flats and into creeks. When
active, cats were hitting live
minnows and cut bait. Most crappie were
along main lake
channel edges or in channels, continue
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