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Fishing Report: + November Outlook
Chaconas National Bass
Early Winter Fishing
Some fish are holding in shallow
water during the warmest part of the day. Most are on drops,
only venturing shallower during sunny afternoons. Slow all
Rain early with highs to start the
week around 50, dropping to the 40 on Wednesday and only in the
20s overnight, slight warm-up up into the 40s toward the
weekend. Water is cooling quickly to the mid 40s.
Targeting shallow fish take
patience, slowing all presentations. Crawl 3/8-ounce Mann’s
Classic spinnerbait along the bottom with a gold willow and
Colorado blade, white skirt and 12 pound test Gamma Edge
Fluorocarbon line. Allow the bait to go to the bottom, slowly
dragging the spinnerbait maintaining bottom contact. Cast
parallel to drops and flats. Try different depths.
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 - November 16, 2018
OVERVIEW - Anglers should be aware that it is
much colder on the water than the temperature would indicate.
Please dress for the weather. Many layers of warm clothing with
a windbreaking outer shell is best. Also remember to leave a
float plan....where you are going, when you expect to get back
and take along a working cell phone.
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Fish may be caught
throughout the city. Bass will take small grubs, plastic worms,
jigs, jigging spoons and small crankbaits. Most are holding on
banks where the bottom drops from very shallow to 10-15 feet.
Work small crankbaits across the shallow areas, then probe the
deeper water with grubs, drop-shots or worms.
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
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
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
Posted on November
14, 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
were in the upper 40’s in the lower main lake on
(11/14/2018), with slightly lower temperatures at
the upper end of the lake.
The lake level was about 8 inches
above the top of the dam. The water was
medium brown and
clear in the central lake, and quite murky on some
Blue cats and bullheads were scattered on deeper flats, along
in channels in the main lake and in some
creeks and were hitting live
minnows and cut bait. Most
crappie were on deeper flats, on drop-offs and
in channels in
the main lake, especially near wood cover.
TOP FISHING REPORT
November 15th, 2018 by Stan Cobb
Update: November 23rd, 2018)
The hottest action right now is the Speckled Trout bite. Most
all of the action is taking place inside inlets and rivers.
Lynnhaven seems to be leading the way, but receives much of the
pressure too. However, there's a lot of space inside Lynnhaven.
Little Creek has put out some Trout, so has Mobjack, and Fleets
Bay. Soft plastics have been best, but jerkbaits are coming into
play as water temps drop. Rockfishing is on the rise in the bay,
but most action is occurring inside the rivers. Many reports are
coming from the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers.
The upper James is back up, 10.36 ft at the Westham gauge. We
are expecting more rain, so the levels are expected to increase.
This will impact the lower James also. The pits along the James
should remain cleaner than the main river The Chickahominy will
probably be the best bet for tidal fishing this weekend. Both
the Crappie and Bass are biting well. Bass are responding to
lipless crankbaits, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.
Some may even be throwing silver buddies already.
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