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Outdoors Report - April 17, 2013

Fishing has taken off, and so has the turkey hunting. If you can get a day off, do yourself a favor and get afield.

Rappahannock River The Rappahannock River was in good shape as of Saturday morning. However, after the heavy rain Friday it may get murky for a few days and hopefully by the end of this week it will be back to normal again.

Ken’s Tackle reported shad and herring in town now. They are past Old Mill Park with more coming.

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.mrc.virginia.gov/FIP, it is free.

Hickory shad can be creeled on the Rapp. BELOW the Rt. 1 bridge. A few smaller stripers have been caught in the river now too. Ken’s Tackle also reported a 32 pound catfish caught in the river. Crappie are hitting near Old Mill Park as they begin to spawn. Try minnows for them.

Potomac River
We are still hearing that catfish and perch are hitting in the river. Some bass are being caught too. Jigs and plastics are the baits for them. Crappie are hitting in the creeks upriver.

Ponds
Pond fishing has been improving. Bass, crappie and even bream are hitting well. We caught some nice bream on Friday evening using garden worms.
Motts Run reported a good number of crappie hitting minnows. A few small bass were also caught.

Lake Anna
Chris Craft, professional guide, has been putting clients on some nice crappie. They are hitting jigs and minnows now in the grassy areas. Check it out at www.ccbassnlakeanna.blogspot.com

Hunting
Turkey gobbling has been hit or miss still, but when they are on, they are ON. Anecdotal reports show that the birds are heavy this year. My daughter took one that weighed around 27 pounds. Another hunter dropped by Pern’s Supermarket inquiring about a weigher and said his bird was over 26 pounds. I have heard of several more birds weighing over 24 pounds. There are some nice birds out there!

Events
May 4 –Youth fishing day in King George. Call KG Parks and Rec to register. First 100 kids only. 775-4FUN.

Mark and Missy Fike

 

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