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September 16, 2020 by Stan Cobb
Update: September 23, 2020)
Saltwater – There's
still plenty of Cobia being caught from inside the Chesapeake
Bay and along the oceanfront. Many of the catches of Cobia are
coming from the lower bay such as the CBBT structures. There's
also plenty of Red Drum to be had also. The Cobia can still be
kept but the Drum over 26 inches must be thrown back.
catches are thriving throughout the Chesapeake Bay as anglers
are hooking up from Reedville to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
And sizable Bluefish—some over 8 lbs—have been
caught with jigs from bay structures.
Speckled Trout anglers
always look forward to this time of year when the cool weather
settles in and the Trout become more active and shallower. Just
about all of the inlets/rivers that feed into the bay will hold
Trout at one time or another. If grass is present the better
the results usually are. Live shrimp and Finger Mullet are
great options under corks and topwater
baits will draw exciting strikes at any time. The topwater
action will continue into October and sometimes November.
some incredible Bass fishing taking place right now in Back
Bay. It seems as though it has returned to how things use
to be many years ago.
The tidal rivers are
fishing well especially the Rappahannock and Chickahominy.
Winning weights are averaging 18 lbs or better with a 5 fish
limit. There have been some impressive weights in the evening
tournaments on the Chick also. Small poppers,
and Texas-rigged creature
baits are doing well. Crankbaits
in the 4' range are working well also. Of course, the pads and
grass should never be overlooked.
The 3-day total winning
weight during the Toyota Series on the Potomac River was 40
lbs. James Maupin of Stanardsville in Greene County took top
honors. He had 13+ lbs each of the 3 days. He reported using a
spinnerbait and a swim jig. Two of our local anglers Wayne
Vaughan and Cody Pike finished in the top 10. >>>>>
Chaconas National Bass
week should be a great one to get out. Bass are feeding up and
taking moving lures. Line is important. Decent weather
this week upper 70s with sun, overnight lows from the low 50s
to 60. Water temperature is around 70.
grass is a good idea as fish are moving around in this cover.
Only about half the river has any decent grass now. At lower
tides, fish the outer edges. Frogs aren’t a bad idea,
even in the open water. Use 60 pound test Gamma Torque braid
and keep the frog moving. Toads work too. Use a 6/0 hook and
tie to braid. For both of these, use a medium heavy rod with a
fast tip, at least 7 feet long.
Also at lower
tides, use spinnerbaits, squarebill and shallow cranks tied to
12 pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line. If the water is
clear, use a silver double will with faster retrieves. With a
stain, use gold and Colorado, Indiana blades. Snap from
Swim jigs in grass edges and isolated
clumps can cover water and usually produce bigger fish.
Pitching jigs and soft plastics work too. Finesse soft plastic
techniques prove reliable when the bite gets tough. Weightless
stickworms either Texas rigged, or wacky style can entice fish
to bite when worked slowly. The Neko rig is also a great way to
target fish. A gentle lift and drop or a slight snap off the
bottom or out of grass will work too.
shot in shallow grass and wood cover with spinning gear and 15
pound Gamma Torque braid and 10 pound test Edge leader. A 3/16
ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight can secure this rig.
REPORTS FOR MOST LAKES, RESERVOIRS
RIVERS AROUND THE STATE
Fishing Report - September 18, 2020
WEAR YOUR PFD. Outside temperatures are beginning to drop. The
lower temperatures will accomplish three things: lower the
water temperatures, cause the fish to head to the backs of the
creeks chasing baitfish, and make the fish much more aggressive
RIVER - D.C. - Above Key Bridge, fish the Virginia shoreline
for good numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass, and the
coves for schools of crappie. The upstream point of Three
Sisters Island normally holds a nice school of walleye. These
fish bite well on bottom-drifted minnows, nightcrawlers and
plastic grubs. Washington Channel is producing good numbers of
bass on the dropoff along the War College Wall and around the
boat docks and pilings. Small stripers are also roaming the
dropoff along the wall. These fish are taking trolled Shad Raps
and Rebel FasTrac minnows. Most of the fish are undersized.
Some bass are present around the submerged wood structure at
the mouths of Oxon Cove and the Spoils. Crankbaits and plastic
worms are the preferred baits here. Although the fish have been
deep, they should come up in the cooling waters.
RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Most of the bass action
is centered around main river dropoffs and submerged wood
structure along the channel edges. Best method seem to be
casting small crankbaits or plastic baits onto the flats and
fishing them slowly to the edge of the dropoff .
Posted on September
16, 2020 by Capt.
Capt. Art Conway of
Conway’s River Rat Guide Service (804-514-1486) out of
Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that Chickahominy Lake
temperatures were in the high 70’s to
low 80’s in the central lower lake on
(9/9/2020). The lake level was about even with the top of the
and the water was medium brown and clear 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
lake, but some were on flats and in creeks. When active, cats
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
deeper shorelines with wood
cover. When active, crappie were hitting live
Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curly tail jigs, small
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 and shellcracker were along main
shorelines and in the lower areas of major creeks, in
loose schools holding
around wood cover or vegetation. When
active, bluegill and shellcracker
were hitting live worms
and Nikko nymphs, flies, and small swimbaits.
bass were located around cypress trees, on flats,
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, Roger Totton and Anthony Cubbage had 63 bluegill,
shellcracker, and 2 bass. Jack and Dave Pong had 137 bluegill,
shellcracker, and 1 bass, all on fly rods. Ben Harris and
had 3 bass. Tom Porter had 38 bluegill, 13
crappie, 1 white perch, 3 blue
cats, and 1 bass.
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