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Outdoors Report - April 23, 2014

Fishing continues to be quite good in our area; many species are nearing the top of their activity, except for saltwater. Warmer water will turn those fish on very soon.

Hunting
Perhaps a cool spring has made things a bit difficult for some hunters. Many birds are not gobbling much, but are coming in silently. Yet, other hunters are successful. See attached photos. Send us decent photos of youth or new hunters with birds, and we will print as space permits: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fishing
Rappahannock River---White perch are still biting in Fredericksburg, but the quality of fish seems to have dropped off. Many smaller fish are being caught. The shad bite is good, and the dogwoods are blooming. American shad have been caught, as well as hickory shad. Very few herring showed up as of press time. Catfish are biting well on the river now. Cut shad or nightcrawlers are good baits to try. Bass anglers report that plastics in crawfish colors are taking fish.

Potomac River---Aqua Land in Southern Maryland reports that the catfish are biting very well. No real word on striper, other than they are out there, and some anglers are catching them. Bass have been hitting in the tidal creeks, but the bite is not quite what it will be after a string of really warm days. Snakeheads should begin hitting very soon. We need a solid string of warm days and decent temps at night to do the job to jumpstart the fishing.

Ponds---Crappie continue to hit very well in ponds on minnows and jigs. Bass are FAT in ponds now and hitting spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. Use minnows if you are keeping fish and want a quicker bite.
Motts Run Reservoir reported great crappie and white perch action. Jigs and nightcrawlers are the best baits. Chicken liver is really working well on catfish now.

Lake Anna---The report from the Lake tells us that the bass are hiding on dropoffs near the grassy areas. However, coves uplake and downlake are hot for crappie. Fish structure.

Events
April 12 thru May 3--Spring gobbler season. Half hour before sunrise until noon. One bearded gobbler per hunter per day.
May 5-17--Turkey season. Half hour before sunrise until sunset.

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