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National Weather Service Forecast Lake Anna Area

 Washington DC, Reagan National Airport

(KDCANOAA Weather Radar from Sterling VA

> Tide Tables & Charts > Potomac River > Washington D.C. Tides

Lake Anna State Park

6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22551;

Phone: 540-854-5503;


Leesylvania State Park

2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr.,

Woodbridge, VA

22191; Phone: 703-730-8205;


Fishing Reports

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 info here.

VDGIF Outdoor Report

Maryland Fishing Report: Dec 12

Weekly Fishing Report: + December 2018 Outlook

Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service

Winter Fishing in Full Force

When water gets below 40 degrees, things really slow down, but fishing doesn’t! Fish still must eat but won’t chase baits.

Weather will keep water temperatures around 40 or below. Highs on Monday only mid 20s. A slight warm up mid-week with showers and highs around 50 before slipping into the upper 30s for the weekend. Morning boat ramps will be icy.

The food chain is sluggish, but fish still take baits. The meal must be easy to catch and obvious. That’s why Silver Buddy blade baits are so effective. They create a lot of fish attracting vibration with very little movement. They cover water and locate fish. Above all they catch fish. Use 10-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line.

January 2019

Cold weather and shorter days are putting fish into winter patterns, a great time to fish. Look for steep drops! Take it slow, small and light…grubs, tubes, thin small worms, and hair jigs! Spinning gear handles lighter 6-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Mustad Ultra Point Mega-Bite hooks are thin enough wire to set hooks on hard-mouthed, cold fish from a longer distance on light line!

Crappie and bass are being caught in deeper spots out of the current, like Spoils, and Smoot Bay.  DC Bridges are also spots to try, as is Washington Channel.  The hot spots are Possum Point, Four Mile Run and Blue Plains…very crowded! There are many shad and other species; it’s hard to get baits through them.  You have to “feel” fish before setting the hook! Drop shots, split shots are good, but Carolina rigs with 1-ounce Round Valley Premier tungsten weights keep baits in one spot a long time, letting current push it. Generally, a 5-inch Mann’s HardNose Finesse worm in green pumpkin or watermelon/red works.

Same baits on split shot and drop shot. 

FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor



Fishing Report - January 18, 2019

POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Blue Plains Sewage Treatment Plant outflow is giving up lots of large gizzard shad to anglers jigging Silver Buddies, and bass to anglers fishing live minnows, jig 'n pig and plastic baits along the shoreline. Anglers fishing the Spoils are taking numbers of largemouth bass and crappie from dropoffs, on Silver Buddies, small dark-colored grubs, live minnows and crappie jigs. Four Mile Run is giving up bass, carp and catfish to anglers fishing the warmer waters. Small crankbaits and spinnerbaits are taking the bass along the rip-rap walls and bridge pilings, while catfish are taking cut bait and prepared baits. Anglers fishing the 14th Street Bridge pilings are reporting large catfish and a few bass. Shaky Heads, jig 'n pig and crankbaits are the baits of choice.

POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Bass are holding on the bottom along steep-dropping banks. Yo-yoing a spinnerbait, tipped with a Big Daddy pork frog, will take some of the larger bass. Better numbers of fish will be taken on small plastic grubs, fished on 1/8 oz. jig heads.


Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

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 weekend.

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

Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – January 16, 2019

Posted on January 16, 2019 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 low 40’s in the main lake on Wednesday (1/16/2019). The lake level was about five inches above the top of the dam. The water was light brown and clear to very slightly cloudy in the central lake.

Blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the main
lake and when active 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 the occasional active crappie hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curlytail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie scrubs, blade baits, and small swim baits.


Updated: January 17th, 2019 by Stan Cobb

Saltwater- There's been a spike in Tautog catches from ocean wrecks this week. Some have not been far offshore. Other than the Togs, there hasn't been a whole lot going on. One of the charter boats out of Oregon- Inlet scored a nice haul of Yellowfin Tuna.

Freshwater- The upper James is returning to good levels and color, but for how long, is anyone's guess. The tidal Rappahannock has been producing nice catches of Smallmouth lately. Now is an excellent time to target the Smallmouth in the James, Rappahannock, and New rivers. However, ramp conditions can be unpredictable, and sometimes unusable. Unfortunately, word of mouth, and actually visiting the ramps, is the only way to be sure of successful launching. Good lures for the Smallies are pretty much the same as for Largemouth during the winter. Jerkbaits, jigs, crankbaits, and sometimes spinnerbaits, can be productive.

Jim Hemby Striper Guide Lake Anna Daily Journal

Potomac River Fishing Report FB Page

Kerr/Buggs Lake Information

The Boathouse at Fletchers Cove

What's Happening at Fletcher's Boathouse

Fishing Report

FishermansPost – Hatteras – Ocracoke Outerbanks fishing reports & information

West Virginia Stream Conditions

Weekly Fishing Report -- Updated every Wednesday afternoon

132 Boat Ramps and
Access Points!


Sturgeon Creek Marina

Bass Fishing Flea Market - 02/02/2019

Capt. Steve Chaconas


8:00 A.M. — 1:00 P.M.

The Hillendale Fire Dept.
13511 Hillendale Dr.
Dale City, Virginia 22193
(Dale Blvd. & Hillendale Dr.)


Adults — $2.00
Children (under 12) — FREE

Tables available @ $35.00 each

Bob Pettey — 703-491-3321      

Save the date and Come on out!!


Sports & Recreation

Jan. 26: Fredericksburg Eagles Fishing Flea Market. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. 10x12-foot vendor space with two tables available for $35. Admission $3. Children under age 12, free. Tackle dealers and guide services welcome. For details, e-mail or call 540/287-0731. Proceeds will benefit Inova Fairfax Heart Center

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to remind the angling community the recreational striped bass open season in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries will close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15, 2018.

The recreational open striped bass season on the Potomac River will close Dec. 31, 2018.

The Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays and tributaries remains open to recreational striped bass fishing with a two per-day limit year-round. 

For more detailed information regarding Maryland's striped bass season, please visit the online guide or interactive map.

Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited

The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations and C, announces that the recreational cobia fishery will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 through 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2019.

In order to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Cobia, the department will establish the season, catch limit and minimum size for the recreational cobia fishery for the remainder of 2019 in a later notice.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
Fishing and Boating Services 
Changes to the Recreational and Commercial Tautog Fishery; Effective Jan 1, 2019

The secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations, announces changes to the recreational and commercial tautog season and catch limits from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. This action is consistent with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2019, the season and catch limits are:

  • Jan. 1-May 15: 4 fish/person/day

  • May 16-June 30: Closed

  • July 1-Oct. 31: 2 fish/person/day

  • Nov. 1-Dec. 31: 4 fish/person/day

All other rules remain the same.

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