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Weekly Fishing Report: Ice Out
Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service
A break in the ice. Grab the PFD and launch your boat.
Water temperature is still in the mid 30s, rising just a bit. Around 60 to begin the week, rain on Tuesday. Then slipping into the mid 40s. Overnight lows at or about freezing. Warmer into the weekend.
Since water is still so cold, open hook lures are needed to take advantage of the few bites. Sharpen hooks and be ready to set the hook. Fish very slowly and deliberately. Using electronics to locate fish helps for confidence to stay in one spot for a while.
Includes January outlook Cold weather and shorter days have fish deep into winter patterns, a great time to fish. Look for steep drops! Take it slow, small and light…grubs, tubes, thin small worms, and hair jigs! Spinning gear handles lighter 6-pound test.....
FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor January 19, 2018
Fishing Report - January 19, 2018
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Blue Plains Sewage Treatment Plant outflow is giving up lots of large gizzard shad to anglers jigging Silver Buddies, and bass to anglers fishing live minnows, jig 'n pig and plastic baits along the shoreline. Anglers fishing the Spoils are taking numbers of largemouth bass and crappie from dropoffs, on Silver Buddies, small dark-colored grubs, live minnows and crappie jigs. Four Mile Run is giving up bass, carp and catfish to anglers fishing the warmer waters. Small crankbaits and spinnerbaits are taking the bass along the rip-rap walls and bridge pilings, while catfish are taking cut bait and prepared baits.
BASS-Squarebill crankbaits, Rat L Traps, Dave's Tournament Tackle Tiger Shad Spinnerbaits, Damiki MTB Noisy Buzzbait, Poppers, Walking baits, Whopper Ploppers and my favorite, Double D CC Twitchin' Shad Soft Jerkbaits.
As always, Shakey Heads (check out SG's Heavy Metal Shakey Heads), Drop Shots and Jigs will also catch their fair share of fish. Start looking in the back third of all major creeks throughout the lake.
They will be on laydowns, willow grass, rocks and boatdocks. Look for rocky points with deep water near by, same for boat docks. The deep water will come into play when a cold front comes through. With water temps dropping, they will be feeding heavy for the cold winter months to come.
STRIPER- The linesides will start to make their move up into the rivers early this month. Look for them to be chasing shad and herring early and late in the day. A 4" paddle tail swimbait rigged on a 1/4oz jig head is my bait of choice. Start looking for birds to give locations of the fish away. Be respectful of other anglers already fishing in an area, do not run all the way into them with the big engine, this will spook the fish and then you will be dealing with an angry angler!!! Once the heavy feed has ceased, locate them on your electronics and drop a Damiki Vault or SG's Heavy Metal Blade down to them.
Towards the end of the month, you should be able to find them around the bridge in Terrys Run, the S-Turns to Little Florida in Pamunkey and around the 522 Bridge to the mouth of Goldmine Creek over on the North Anna arm of the lake. They should stay put in these areas all the way through November or until the water cools down to below 40 degrees or so.
CRAPPIE- The Specks will still be located on bridge pilings, boat docks (6-12 feet) and rock piles early in the month. As the water temps drop into the lower 60's, look for them to make a move to super shallow feeding (2-4 feet) areas up lake.
Try skipping a 2" Curly Tail Grub on a 1/16oz jig head under boat docks in the upper North Anna arm, same with Pamunkey and Terry's Run. Small minnows rigged on slip bobber's will also produce the best eating fish in the lake.
FISHING REPORT November 9, 2017 NO UPDATE
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 30’s in the main lake and in the major creeks on
Wednesday (1/17/2018). The lake level was about even with the
Fishing Forecast | Even in winter, there are fish to catch
The Virginian-Pilot Last Report of Season
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