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Outdoors Report -July 3, 2013

Freshwater fishing is good in impoundments, mediocre in rivers, but saltwater fishing has been slower.  

Rappahannock River
Catfish continue to hit fresh cut bait the best. Worms are not working near as well. Shrimp is also a good bet. Gar are everywhere. To catch one you need to freeline minnows to them and let them work the bait back into their long snout before setting the hook. Last week the high tides coincided with the cooler parts of the day so catching live bait was more of a challenge as you had to go way up into the creeks. However, that opened up opportunity for bass anglers to fish marshes and creeks they normally don’t get into.

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported some nice bass being caught in town on the river. With all the rain we have been getting the river level has been very good. Catfish are also hitting in town very well. Small white perch are everywhere in Fredericksburg on the river but most are small.

Potomac River
Aqua Land reported catfish hitting pretty much everything. They also had some nice croaker caught down from the bridge on squid. A few puppy drum continue to be caught just under legal size and a few over legal size have arrived. Some nice spot are also in the area.

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that customers are catching croaker around Colonial Beach on squid and Fishbites.

LAKES
Motts Run reported some small bream caught from the piers. Due to the heat not as many anglers ventured out and when they did the rains and storms chased them back.

Saltwater
Cobia are hitting in the lower bay but the bite has not been red hot yet. Some nice croaker are being caught in the York Spit area. A few Spanish are being trolled off the oceanfront. Spadefish are arriving on wrecks and lighthouses. The bluefish bite has not really taken off yet. Some catch and release striper have been caught in Virginia waters.

Events
Jul. 19— Hunter Education class at King George Rec. Dept. Instructor: Rick Wilks (540-775-4625)
Aug. 9-11—Annual Sportsman’s Show in Richmond
Aug. 10—Disabled Veterans Fun Day Sealston Sports Complex at noon.
Aug. 24—Hunter Education class King George Middle School at 8 a.m. Stanley Burrell 540-582-5492  
Sep. 14—Third Annual Deer Hunting Seminar at Caledon State Park at 8 a.m. Rick Wilks 540-775-4625.
Sep. 21—Sixth Annual Youth Outdoor Day at Caledon State Park at 10 a.m.

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