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LOCAL WEATHER AND TIDES FOR POTOMAC
6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22551;
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr.,
22191; Phone: 703-730-8205;
Steve Chaconas National Bass Guide Service
FISHING REPORT By Charlie Taylor
CONTAINS REPORTS FOR MOST LAKES, RESERVOIRS
AND RIVERS AROUND THE STATE
Fishing Report - May 17, 2019
OVERVIEW - With the deluge of rain throughout the state this week, fishing should be slightly off for a while as large slugs of water come roaring down all the rivers. High and muddy water will be the state of things for the coming week.
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Prior to the recent rains and high water, small stripers, American shad and large catfish were the fare at Fletcher's Boathouse. Cut gizzard shad chunks were taking the stripers and catfish, while shad darts and small gold spoons were tempting the shad. This has been a good year for the American shad, while the smaller hickory shad are scarce. This is despite the heavy rains and swift current. Downstream, bass have been hugging the riprap above Columbia Island, main river bridge pilings, and rocky points. Catfish are available to anglers fishing flats adjacent to the channel, on chicken livers, cut bait and clam snouts. The Spoils has been producing quality bass on plastic tubes and creature baits. Lots of bass are being taken from the War College Wall in Washington Channel on Rat-L-Traps, plastic creature baits, spinnerbaits and topwater baits.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: See charlietaylorfishing.com.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports waters are clearing and the bass bite remains steady. Spatterdock pads have good bass that will strike a chatter bait, shallow running crank bait and plastic worms. Wood continues to give up good bass to slowly fished plastic worms and creature baits. More and more grass is showing up and rattle trap type baits and wacky rigged worms worked through the grasses will turn up bass and an occasional snakehead.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Upcoming Youth Fishing Rodeos
Youth fishing rodeos are great events to introduce a child to fishing, even if you've never been fishing yourself. Typically held at small ponds or lakes, the rodeos are aimed at helping beginners catch a fish!
Updated: May 16th, 2019 by Stan Cobb
(Next Update: May 24th, 2019)
Saltwater- There's been a surge of large Black Drum over the last week, from both the seaside of the Eastern Shore,and inside the bay. The bay bite has been from the CBBT, to Cape Charles, with 70 lbers caught! Fresh clam has been outstanding. The Reds are biting well also, but the Blacks made the bigger headlines this week. Along with the Drum, anglers have been hooking up with Sheepshead. Some of the Sheeps have hit the 12-14 lb range. The better Flounder catches are still coming from the Eastern Shore. Lynnhaven Inlet is giving up good catches of Flounder. Buckroe Beach pier is reporting small Spot, Croaker, Bluefish, Sea Mullet, and Trout. Croakers have been slow to show in the regular places, but that should change soon. Speckled Trout are still being caught by surf anglers from Nags Head to Va. Beach. Surf anglers in Avon and Hatteras, are pulling in Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Sea Mullet, and Pompano. The offshore fleet is reporting Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna.
Freshwater - The Stripers at Anna have been on fire. Guide Jim Hemby is reporting using up 250 baits in several hours. The Stripers are also biting well at Kerr, as they are still performing their spawning rituals. The Bass in Kerr, Anna, and Gaston, are in post spawn mode, for the most part. The boat docks are producing good fish at Gaston, and Anna. The Shad spawn is occurring in many of the larger lakes. The Bluegills are beginning their spawning procedures, and the Blueback Herring are also beginning to perform their spawning rituals. While approaching these areas of the spawning feeder fish, flukes, wacky rigs, and topwaters are usually great producers of nearby Bass. The Crappie are starting g to school up in large groups again, as they are done with their spawning duties. This is happening pretty much everywhere. The tidal rivers are on fire! The Chick and James have been producing incredible bags of Bass lately. continue>>>>>
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 high 60’s to low 70’s in the lower main lake and slightly higher in the major creeks on Wednesday (5/15/2019). The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam. The water was medium brown and slightly cloudy in the central lake, and very cloudy along many downwind shorelines. Many creeks and some shorelines were hard to fish due to clumps of filamentous algae.
Some blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in
channels in the
McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service With the start of the tournament season upon us (I think Fishers of Men visits this weekend) I wanted to wish everyone good luck as well as try and get a little more regular with a fishing report/forecast. So good luck this weekend and this season, and I hope you find something helpful in our reports.
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