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Weekly Fishing Report Overview
All creatures big and small felt a welcomed relief Monday
when temperatures and humidity dropped after a line of
thunderstorms moved through the region Sunday. Water
temperatures in the bay have dropped as much as 4 degrees in
the past 24 hours and freshwater areas are seeing the same
relief. Yesterday rivers and lakes could be seen steaming in
the early morning chill. Hopefully this is the beginning of
the hot and humid weather loosening its grip on the Maryland
Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report
Week Ending August 28, 2016
POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2;
low 80s; more vegetation than the last 10-years;
that moan about lack-of-grass causing fish population
issues just haven't been out there this year, The "lawns"
above and below the WW Bridge are as vast as ever - and you
can say the same thing for many sectors. "Grass"
makes it easy to locate fish because you can see activity
but the "absence" means you have to rely on the
"unseen" habitat - and that causes issues for
many of the Potomac anglers.
Point Marina August Outlook
The largemouth are now in a
summer pattern that will last through the mid September
transition. You will be able to catch them on top water baits
early in the morning. before the sun comes up. If you wish to
continue with the top water bite, then you must......."CHASE
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Crappie are beginning to
school around the Fletcher's Cove area with some catches made
on small minnows. Catfish are still biting well on
nightcrawlers and clam snouts. Smallmouth bass are taking
small crankbaits, live crayfish and spinnerbaits along the
banks, above Fletcher's. The Virginia shoreline is holding
good largemouth bass all the way to National Airport. Rattling
crankbaits are the preferred baits. Main river bridge pilings
are giving up some good fish to patient anglers fishing soft
plastic baits and deep diving crankbaits. Washington Channel
sea wall is holding crappie schools and some bass.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Ken’s Tackle Shop reports plenty of
rockfish in the river, and some big bass. A 9-pounder was
weighed in from Honey Run, and a 22-inch bass was caught near
Little Falls. Most are biting on minnows and plastics.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports grass remains
the primary pattern with the low end of the tide being the
most productive. Use top waters early or late in the day.
Switch to creature baits or craw imitators later as well as
swim jigs, stick worms, drop shots, chatter baits and small
square bills. Bridge pilings and boat docks give up bass to a
slowly fished finesse worm.
Fishing Report by the Green Top Professionals August 25, 2016
That’s probably the best way to describe the Cobia
this season. The bad news is that the season closes Aug 30.
Anglers can catch and release only after Aug 30. Reports of
fish in the 60 lb range have been numerous this week.
angler Charlie Hartley won the Bassmaster Northern Open out of
Osbourne Landing on the James River, with a 3 day total of 41
lbs +. Closer to home however, Cody Pike of Powhatan finished
in 2nd place, 2 1/2 lbs behind Hartley.
– Hatteras – Ocracoke Outerbanks fishing reports
Virginia Stream Conditions
Fishing Report --
Updated every Wednesday afternoon
Boat Ramps and
Weather Service Forecast Lake Anna Area
DC, Reagan National Airport (KDCA
Tide Tables & Charts > Potomac River >
on the Potomac: Cooler
By Steve Chaconas
With early high tides, use poppers like Lucky Craft
G-Splash and Gunfish walkers on 10-12 pound GAMMA Copoly or
20-pound Torque braid. Buzzbaits also worth a shot. Keep a
weightless stickworm on deck to cast to missed strikes. Use
20-pound Torque braid and a Mustad 3/0 Mega Bite hook.
Longer and cooler nights are lowering the water temperature
to the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim"
Martucci says, “Highs around 90 all week with a chance
of thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Lows cooling to mid
60s. Dropping to around 80 on Friday.”
Bass Guide Service
Fishing Reports and Tides
Fishing Forecast for Potomac
Posted on August
24, 2016 by Capt.
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 80’s to low 90’s in the lower main lake on
Wednesday (8/24/2016). The lake level was even with the top of
the dam. The water was light brown and slightly to moderately
cloudy in the central lower lake, with more murky water on
downwind shorelines and in some creeks.
heat was again a factor in the fishing, but the cooler spell
this week will push things back on track.
Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers are still
catching catfish on cutbait and stinkbait. Some bass are being
caught on plastics on the river. The upper river was low but
the recent storms pumped up the levels some. Look for smallies
and sunfish to bite on live bait and spinnerbaits in eddies.
The end of the 2016 cobia season – that’s
something you probably never thought you would hear – is
rapidly approaching. And with the action at its seasonal best,
the advice here is to get in on as much of it as you can.
After Wednesday, anglers working Virginia waters will not
be allowed to keep cobia until next year, and the jury is
still out on exactly what increased tightening of the catch
limit there will be in 2017. The season closes at the end of
September in North Carolina.
summer comes to a close, anglers are enjoying a few breaks
from the stifling heat. And as we transition into fall, the
more fall-like weather patterns will also encourage changes in
the local fishing scene.
fishing has been good this season, and this week has been more
of the same. But cobia hunters are also relishing an upswing
in the number of larger fish, with several studs weighing in
from 60 to 87-pounds.
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