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2017 FISHING TOURNAMENTS
FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor
Fishing Report - April 28, 2017
OVERVIEW - Water temperatures are rising steadily and fish are generally in spawning mode throughout the state. Because of recent rains, most waters are rising and are stained or muddy. Upper ends of lakes are generally stained, while the lower ends are clear. Grass is showing well in those waters that normally have grass and this is helping to clear the water. It is also providing a great spawning base for fish. The spawning run of anadromous fish is in full swing with shad, herring, stripers, and white perch showing well in the upper reaches of tidal waters.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports good catfishing, but all the big ones (20 pounds or more) are being caught in 30-40 feet of water. Mud shad are plentiful in the river and work well as bait. The bass fishing is slow, due to cool evening temperatures, but crappie can be found in the creeks. One angler reported good catches of sunfish using earthworms as bait.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports water temperatures have reached 70 in the creeks and many good bass are being caught. Bigger bass seem to be in grass beds in bays at the mouths of creeks and along the main river. Hard or soft jerk baits, shallow-running or lipless crank baits, chatter or spinner baits as well as plastic worms and creature baits will all work.
Saltwater -The saltwater action is heating up nicely, as more species are being caught more frequently. Speckled Trout anglers are seeing a noticable increase in catches. Some of the areas that have reported are Rudee Inlet, Mobjack Bay, Lynnhaven Inlet, and areas around the mouth of the Rappahannock. Puppy Drum are also being encountered in the same areas, on the same lures. Croaker catches are on the rise, but action is still a bit slow.
What's Happening at Fletcher's Boathouse
Best Fishing In a While! Weekly Fishing Report: Getting Close
Capt. Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service
For over 30 years, my 60-year-old azalea bush has predicted the spawn. It looks like we have a week or so to go. Water temperature and length of day have a lot to do with nature's timing.
Warming water on hold with cooler temperatures and clouds, around 68 degrees. Rainy and cool with highs in the upper 50s for Monday. Rain and slightly warmer on Tuesday around 65. Low 70s and sunny for mid week with 80s the rest of the week.
Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service
(804-746-2475) out of Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported
that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water temperatures were in the
high 60’s in the main lake and low 70’s in the
A highlight of inshore fishing this time of year is the arrival of red drum. So go ahead and get happy, big channel bass are here.
Drum are being caught from the breakers of Eastern Shore barrier islands all the way south past Ocracoke.
And the news gets better. More reds are on the way and they’ll be hanging around local waters for months to come.
21 April 2017
Finally, the spring fishing scene is coming together, and water temperatures will get a boost as the weather warms into the eighties this week.
And now everything is right in the world of saltwater fishing as the first catches of big red drum from the Eastern Shore jump-start the courtship between drum and angler for the season. As schools of big drum filter into the lower Bay and spread among the shoals and breakers lining the Eastern Shore barrier islands, local anglers are intercepting the early season drum using blue crabs and peelers.