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Lake Anna State Park

6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22551;

Phone: 540-854-5503;

Email: LakeAnna@dcr.virginia.gov

Leesylvania State Park

2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr.,

Woodbridge, VA

22191; Phone: 703-730-8205;

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Saltwater Updated: October 14, 2020 by Stan Cobb

(Next Update: October 21, 2020)

Saltwater – Speckled Trout are biting throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Anglers are enjoying fantastic action with paddle-tailed soft plastics, jerkbaits, topwater baits, and live bait. Good numbers of fish as well as sizable fish are being caught in places like Lynnhaven Inlet, Mobjack Bay, The Rappahannock River, and the James River along with its tributaries just to name a few.

There have been some sizable Sheepshead caught from within the Chesapeake Bay over the last few days with peeler crab being the bait preferred.

Folks are finding Tautog here and there. And there's still some large Drum being encountered in the lower bay. Flounder catches are thriving on ocean wrecks but there haven’t been many reports of Flounder from within the bay. >>>>>>>continue

Freshwater   Congratulations to Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia for winning the Bass Fishing League® regional on the tidal James River over the weekend. His 3-day total was 50.1 pounds. Daves reported catching his fish with a square-billed crankbait and a ribbon-tailed worm.

Keith Estes of Spring Grove finished 4th with a 3-day total of 44.4 pounds. Both anglers will advance to the All-American, which is the grand finale of the BFL Division and usually a stepping stone to the big leagues. Good luck gentlemen! During the 3-day tournament, many chose to fish the Chickahominy and James Rivers. Both rivers have been fishing very well and the bite usually increases as we enter November.

The upper James has risen again with the level at the Westham gauge being at 7.3 feet. This is a bit fast and stained for Bass fishing. The upper James usually fishes better when the levels are between 5-6 feet.

Kerr Lake is currently at an elevation of 300.71 feet. This may increase over the next few days depending on the rainfall amounts received to the Kerr watershed.

The Crappie fishing has been good for numbers of fish as they are being found along the bridges under boat docks and relating to brush piles in depths of 12-24 feet.

Bass are being caught at various depths also. Brush rocks and docks are all attracting the Bass. A lot of the bigger Bass have been caught on topwater baits. Soft plastics and jigs have been good also. In many places, roaming Bass can be found chasing and surfacing on schools of baitfish. A general rule during the fall period is Find the bait, find the Bass.”

The same applies to landlocked Stripers. But that’s easier said than done sometimes. Fall Bass and Stripers can become size-specific. Smaller baits are often the key to success at this time.

Weekly Fishing Report:

Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service

Covering Water
Weather might be a factor this week. Better days will be when it’s cloudy. But every day, finding the right speed will produce fish in grass or wood.
Overnight lows in the upper 50s to highs in the upper 70s. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 60s. A few clouds will come through.
Line is key as well! Try downsizing to 10 pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. This is very strong and sensitive line. It also has low stretch, making it more sensitive for feeling cover and bites, but also for hooksets on long casts. This is key especially when using swim jigs. Grass cover that is left is holding fish and swimming a jig trough it will produce bites. Use a 7 foot medium heavy rod. This will enable long casts and better hooksets. Try black/blue and craw patterns A craw trailer adds action. Trim with claws just beyond the skirt, also trimmed to just about ¼ inch past the jig hook. 
Squarebill crankbaits, lipless cranks, bladed jigs and spinnerbaits also cover many depths, speeds and conditions. Crankbait colors vary on water clarity and cloud cover. For stained water, craw patterns on cranks and jigs are best. Firetiger is good for cranks with moderately stained water with shad patterns better for clear water. While spinnerbaits are gold blades with white skirts in most conditions, low light and stained water. Outside of that, spinnerbaits become tricky. Use Colorado/willow blades to add speed in clearer water.
During fronts, go to finesse soft plastics, shaky head, drop shot and Neko rigs on spinning rods with 15 pound braid with 10 pound fluorocarbon leaders.

FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor



Fishing Report - October 23, 2020

OVERVIEW - With night temperatures in the 40s for the next week, water temperatures will be dropping as well. This means that the fish will be feeding heavily AND hypothermia will begin to play a much bigger part in the lives of anglers. Layer up and WEAR you PFD. It cannot help you if you don't have it on.

POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Smallmouth and largemouth bass will be hungry and taking live bait, fished along the Virginia shoreline, from Key Bridge to Chain Bridge. Downstream, bass will be orienting around bridge pilings and on dropoffs throughout the city. Washington Channel, Blue Plains, The Spoils and Washington Sailing Marina should be the more productive areas. Plastic grubs, crankbaits, jig 'n pig and live bait are the most productive baits. Large bladed spinnerbaits, slow-rolled down the dropoffs near downed wood or points on moving tides, should produce some large bass for patient anglers. Crappie schools will continue roaming, but never far from submerged cover or creek channels. Live minnows are the ticket. Trolled broken-back minnow imitating baits will take some stripers in the Washington Channel and under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Largemouth bass will be orienting to very shallow cover in the cooler water. They may be taken on jigs and colorado bladed spinnerbaits, worked slowly around the heavy cover. Most of the fish seem to be larger than average, as 2-5 pound bass seem to be more common. When the dropoff is adjacent to rocky or gravel shorelines, with some flat, try a slowly retrieved crankbait or slow-rolled spinnerbait. Baits with a wide wobble seem to be more effective. Some of the better areas are the mouth of Swan Creek, Belle Haven Cove, Mount Vernon dock area, Pohick Bay, Mattawoman, Aquia and Nanjemoy Creeks. Crappie are schooled in the creeks and will take small minnows fished over submerged brush or around boat docks. Stripers are being caught throughout the area, but most are small and there is no consistency. Catfish anglers are taking good numbers of blue catfish on cut shad in less than 20 feet of water on outgoing tides.

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Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – October 21, 2020

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Capt. Art

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 to upper 60’s in the central lower lake on
Wednesday (10/21/2020). The lake level was about 6 inches above the top of
the dam and the water was light brown and very slightly cloudy in the
central lake, with much more murky water near windy shorelines.

Many blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake, but some were on flats and in creeks. When active, cats were
hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most crappie were on deeper main lake
flats or on channel edges, frequently near brush piles, and were becoming
more active with cooler water. Active crappie were hitting live minnows,
Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curly tail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie
scrubs, and small swim baits. White and yellow perch were scattered or in
loose aggregates on deep flats and drop-offs in the main lake and when
active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits, and jigs. Larger
bluegill and shellcracker were in 5 to 12 feet of water on channel edges,
frequently on wood cover. When active, bluegill and shellcracker were
hitting live worms, Nikko nymphs, flies, and small swimbaits. Pickerel and
bass were located along a few shorelines, around cypress trees, on flats,
and on channel edges, especially near the mouths of creeks. When active,
bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick
worms, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.

Fishing with Capt. Conway, Tom Porter had 4 bluegill, 28 crappie, 1
pickerel, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass.

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