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Outdoors Report - April 30, 2014

Fishing is very good now, and some saltwater action is picking up, too.

Hunting
Turkey hunting ramped up this week with plenty of birds seen and a number of them taken home to eat, as well. 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 - Donna at Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that white perch are being caught at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg; shad and large crappie are also hitting there. Too bad the river is so silted in at that location, and the Army Corps of Engineers won’t do anything about it.
Also in Fredericksburg, at the City Dock, the shad are biting but not quite as strong as they were. American shad are there, and smaller hickory shad and some herring are showing up, too. White perch, small ones at that, are hitting, and there are plenty of small rockfish in the area.
Bass angling in the river is very good now for small fish measuring 12-15 inches and weighing about a pound or a pound and a half. Try crankbaits and jigs on structure.

Potomac River
Aqua Land in Southern Maryland reports that anglers are using cutbait and bloodworms to catch plenty of catfish. Some striper action is also being had, but above the bridge, anglers cannot keep any striper.

Ponds
Sunfish and bream are biting very well in ponds. Crappie slowed down some, and bass are hitting spinnerbaits very aggressively.

Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg was hot again for trout. Try the normal small spinners for them.
Motts Run Reservoir reported good largemouth bass fishing. They are becoming aggressive now that the spawn is on. Some nice catfish are hitting chicken livers now, too. Plenty of bluegill and white perch were hitting nightcrawlers.

Saltwater – Capt. Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) has put clients on some gorgeous fish this spring. One of the recent trips, everyone got a Maryland citation rockfish. The smallest fish on that particular trip was 39 inches!
We have heard rumors of croaker at Reedville and also some at Virginia Beach.

Events
April 12 through May 3 – Spring gobbler season; half hour before sunrise until noon; one bearded gobbler per hunter per day.
May 5 through 17– Turkey season; half hour before sunrise until sunset.
—Mark Fike

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