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Outdoors Report - March 26, 2014

Hunting
Youth Day is April 5 this year, and apprentice hunters are eligible to hunt, too, if they have an apprentice license and are mentored by a licensed hunter. Only the youth and apprentice hunters may carry a gun on that special day.
April 12-- First day of spring gobbler season- Half hour before sunrise until noon; one bearded gobbler per hunter per day.

Fishing
Fishing is quite good. Anadromous fish are heading upriver, and pond anglers are taking plenty of fish, as well.

Rappahannock River
Ken’s Tackle Shop in Spotsylvania reported white perch caught at Little Falls on bloodworms and small minnows. Hickory shad and American shad are being caught at the City Dock in Fredericksburg. So much for a cold winter and a late start to fishing! Rockfish are “catch and release” but plentiful from Fredericksburg downriver. Bloodworms were quite good for bait this week.

Potomac River
Winter Harbor Seafood in Oak Grove reported a big catfish from Machodoc Creek in King George this past week; it weighed 24 pounds. Aqua Land in Southern Maryland also reported good catfish action on the river but not much else yet.

Ponds
The Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg is doing well for trout anglers. Use bright colors and fish on overcast days to get the best action. Local private ponds are giving up nice crappie on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Bass are hitting white spinnerbaits and minnows. Ruffins Pond gave up an 8-pound bass on a white chatterbait.

Events
April 5-- Youth and Apprentice Turkey Hunting Day- Half hour before sunrise until noon; one bearded gobbler per hunter.
Firearms and Freedom Lover?
If you are a freedom lover and a firearms enthusiast, don’t miss out on the Friends of the NRA’s annual fundraiser. It takes place Saturday, April 5, at 5:30 PM at the Fredericksburg Elks Lodge at 11309 Tidewater Trail in Fredericksburg. There will be raffles, auctions, and fun with a chance to win NRA guns, gear and collectibles. This is a great way to enjoy an evening with your family. Order tickets online: www.friendsofnra.org  . All tickets will be held at the door; cancelled check or CC charge info is your receipt/confirmation. Questions? Contact either Ken Kirk at (775) 313-3640 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR contact David Wells at (434) 696-2189 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Mail in orders by March 21.
April 5- Youth and Apprentice Turkey Hunting Day. Half hour before sunrise until noon. One bearded gobbler per hunter.
April 12- First day of spring gobbler season. Half hour before sunrise until noon. One bearded gobbler per hunter per day.

Mark and Missy Fike

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