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Outdoors Report - April 10, 2013


We are finally getting some decent weather. Fishing should really ramp up this week.

Rappahannock River
The Rappahannock River was in much better shape this week. White perch were hitting well at Hopyard last week. Lil Falls Market on Rt. 3 reported good white perch angling at Hicks’ Landing. They also said the catfish were hitting all over now. Ken’s Tackle reported shad and herring in town now. Remember that a herring moratorium (NO TAKING HERRING) is in place.

Another thing readers want to be SURE to do is get their FIP number. That is the federal number that is required and enforced by VMRC. http://mrc.virginia.gov/FIP. It is free.

The word is that tickets are being handed out like candy at the City Dock area for not having this free number on your license. VMRC is handing out the tickets. The other warning I pass along to you is to be SURE you don’t keep an American shad. Know the difference between them and a hickory shad. Hickory shad can be creeled on the Rappahannock BELOW the Rt. 1 bridge.

I almost did not print this but feel I really should. Last year I caught what I knew was a big hickory shad. A few other anglers came over and commented what a nice hickory shad I had caught. I saw VMRC coming and decided to verify what I caught was indeed a hickory shad. The officer did not know. Furthermore he refused to tell me if I would get a ticket if I decided to keep it since I was sure it was a hickory shad. He shrugged and told me to take my chance if I wanted to. Needless to say I reported his behavior to headquarters. Still, know the difference between the two species if you intend to keep any.

Troy Clift and friends from King George put a hurting on some bream on the Rappahannock River lately. I won’t tell where they caught them but the stringer was long and heavy!

Potomac River
We are still hearing that catfish and perch are hitting in the river now, but no word on specifically where. The bass should be staging at the creek mouths. Try jig and pigs or jigs with crawfish trailers for them. The warm weather should trigger the spawn very soon.

Events
April 13—Opening day of spring gobbler season ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
May 4—Youth fishing day in King George. Call KG Parks and Rec to register. First 100 kids only. 775-4FUN.

Hunting
Turkey gobbling has been hit or miss according to anecdotal reports. The birds are definitely strutting around and calling.
The season opens up this Saturday.

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