July 1, 2020 by Stan Cobb
Update: July 8, 2020)
Saltwater – Encountering
schools of Red Drum is a possibility at any time during the day
inside the Chesapeake Bay. Approaching these schools calls for
respect—both for the fish and for other boaters as well.
Approach schools slowly, with stealth.
There are enough fish in these schools for all to enjoy.
That said, most will toss
at the fish close enough, but topwater
baits are an exciting presentation that work well also. Swapping
out treble hooks with single hooks is a good idea. A jig is
typically better for the Cobia along with a live
Eel. Live Croaker or Menhaden are also good choices for live
bait presentations for the Cobia.
captains are cruising and looking for fish at or near the
surface. However, those that are chumming
are doing quite well also. Live Eels or fish work well anchored
on the bottom, not far from the chum supply—also anchored
on the bottom.
Catches of Flounder are
increasing now as the weather is getting warmer and water temps
are around 80 degrees. Many catches are coming from the bridge
tunnel now, which is common for late June, early July.
Some notable catches are
still coming from the Chincoteague channel also. Many of the
lower bay reefs and ocean wrecks are holding Flounder now as
Catches of Spadefish are
getting better, but they haven't thickened up at the pilings of
the CBBT yet.
Most are targeting the islands right now.
There are plenty of
Spanish Mackerel to be had throughout the bay and along the
spoons are tops for targeting the Mackerel. Surface birds, diving
planers, and in-line sinkers attached in front of the spoons
are all working. These presentations also attract Bluefish.
The offshore action for
Yellowfin Tuna has been outstanding the last few weeks. Along
with Tuna, catches of Mahi, Blue Marlin, and White Marlin are
Some of the boats that
are out searching for Tuna are stopping to bottom fish for
Grouper and Tilefish with good results. Seabass are being caught
in good numbers by those seeking them.
The inshore boats in the
Nags Head and Hatteras areas are finding Spanish Mackerel,
Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum, and Bluefish.
Surf and pier anglers are
bring up Spot, Sea Mullet, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout.
Freshwater – Bass
fishing was good this past weekend with a catch of 24.26 lbs.
winning at a Lake Anna tournament. That's quite a weight for a 5
fish limit. Deep crankbaits
rigged worms are fooling many of the Bass there. Structures
at the mouths of creeks are holding good fish. Good numbers of
keeper Stripers continue to be caught by the guides and their
bait presented at the proper depths is key.
Kerr Reservoir gave up
some good limits of Bass over the weekend as well. 17 lbs. was
the winning weight for an open tournament out of Nutbush Creek.
Crankbaits and Texas rigs are working well here also. The lake
elevation is currently at 306 feet.
Another 17 lb. weight was
the top weight reported on the Potomac River over the weekend.
Good bags like this have been hard to come by on the Potomac
lately. Most are averaging 10-13 lb. weights.
The James and
Chickahominy Rivers are known for solid weights through the
summer months. 22 lbs. was the top weight reported on the
Chickahominy River in recent days. Topwater
lures were among the best producers on the Chick.
The James hasn't produced
this kind of weight lately, but is surely capable of doing so.
The upper James is at 5.1 feet, which is a normal level for late
June/early July. The better fishing usually takes place early
morning and late afternoon, but overcast days can be outstanding
all day. Topwater baits should always be tied on regardless of
ounce jigs are a staple for the Smallmouth. 4
inch lizards, grubs,
worms all work well.
Of course, live
bait should never be overlooked.
Chaconas National Bass
Tides this week will be favorable for areas with
and without grass. As tides fall, through mid-day, fish will move
to grass edges, wood cover and docks. Start the day closer to the
shoreline, or pad edges and then move out as the tide
Water is in the mid 80s. Highs around
90 all week with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.
Overnight lows around 70. Get out early.
technique that’s been producing is the Neko rig. Using a 5
inch stickworm, special Neko rig pliers will open up a rubber
sleeve and allow the insertion of the worm. Put it about halfway
to start, although moving the sleeve up or down will change the
action. Lower the sleeve and bait behaves like a shaky head.
Higher will allow the bait to drop straight down with some
shaking. In the middle, you get a little of both. A weight goes
in the fat end. Very light weights work the best, 1/8 or lighter.
Use lead nail weights or any other insert weight. For hooks, red
Mustad 2/0 wacky hooks work well. Hooks must be threaded under
the sleeve from the bottom of the worm toward the top of the
worm. For line, 15-20 pound Gamma Torque braid with a 10 pound
test Edge fluorocarbon leader works in most places, but leaders
can be upgraded. Pitch into grass holes, under docks and around
wood cover. Most of the time, fish hit on the drop. But some will
eat it when shaking on the bottom. A slight snap upwards and semi
slack line on the way down. Bites are ticks or line movement, set
the hook straight up.
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REPORTS FOR MOST LAKES, RESERVOIRS
RIVERS AROUND THE STATE
Fishing Report - July 3, 2020
OVERVIEW - This will be a busy weekend on the
water. Please be safe and WEAR your PFD. Remember to drink plenty
of WATER or fluids with electrolytes. Dehydration is never a good
idea. Between sun and wind, fluids evaporate from your body.
Sunscreen is your friend. If you don't use it, then make sure you
wear long sleeved clothing. Skin cancer is not a joke. It may not
show up immediately, but it will show up eventually. It's effects
are cumulative and sometimes deadly.
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - The area around Fletcher's
Boathouse shows lots of catfish action. A few rockfish are
cooperating for those fishing large minnows or live white perch.
Bass are hanging around most every bridge piling in the city.
These pilings concentrate the tidal current and provide shade and
baitfish. Plastic grubs, small crankbaits and spinnerbaits will
take these bass. Washington Channel boat docks and pilings are
holding bass and crappie. The dropoff along the War College Wall
is also holding fish. Trolled crankbaits, swimbaits and
Rat-L-Traps are taking bass and stripers here. Blue Plains and
Fox Ferry are giving up bass on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits,
crankbaits and worms, while drop shot rigs are taking fish from
the DC Dock.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE -
Fish topwater baits around cover early and late in the day. Other
times, small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Senkos and plastic worms
take the fish. The last two hours of the outgoing tide are the
best time, but fish may be caught anytime the tide is moving.
Further down the river, Mallows Bay
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Posted on July
1, 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
temperatures were in the
low to mid 80’s 2 feet below the surface and the
90’s at the surface in the central lower lake on Wednesday
The lake level was about 3 inches above the top of
the dam and the water was
light to medium brown and very
slightly cloudy in the central lake.
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 near creek
mouths or on channel edge brush piles, but a few were on
shorelines with wood cover. Active crappie were hitting
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 flats and drop-offs in the main lake and
creeks and when
active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits, and
Moderate numbers of bluegill, fliers, and shellcracker were
main lake shorelines and in the lower areas of major
creeks, in loose
schools holding around wood cover or
vegetation. Schools of larger
bluegills may spawn again on the
full moon this weekend. When active,
bluegill and shellcracker
were hitting live worms and Nikko nymphs, flies,
swimbaits. Pickerel and bass were located around cypress
on flats, along shorelines, 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, Hugh Kent had 38 bluegill, 3
shellcracker, and 1
bass. Carolyn Conway had 31 bluegill, 1
shellcracker, 2 yellow perch, and
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