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Outdoors Report - May 21, 2014

Fishing continues to be quite good, particularly in ponds.

HUNTING
Turkey hunting is now over. The old boys were still gobbling a little on the last day, although no one I spoke with heard of any that would come take a look or show up for a date. However, during the latter portion of the season, Linda Gallagher, who works at King George Parks and Recreation, took two birds, and I hear she got her third one, too. That is quite a feat, given the number of hens around gobblers this year!

FISHING
As of press time, the rivers were ROLLING. I mean they were really over their banks and high. The dock at Hopyard was underwater at one point, and Wilmont was nearly so. The Fredericksburg City Dock was a mess, too. By the time this issue hits the stands, the rivers should be meandering back down to normal levels.

Rappahannock River — Donna at Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that people were still catching some striper in the river on minnows, and some really big ones were seen. This was occurring before the rain at the City Dock and at Old Mill Park.

Potomac River — Aqua Land in Southern Md. reports that anglers are catching some rockfish on spot, but not many fish were caught.

Ken’s Field and Stream in Oak Grove reported that croaker were running in the Coles Point area and hitting squid. Look for the fish to be in our area in a week or two.

Ponds — Bass were hitting among the lily pads in ponds. Some crappie are hitting on the beds, as well. Two different ponds that I have had reports from also gave me reports that the bass had not spawned in them yet. Go figure…

Motts Run Reservoir reported a mixed bag of fish caught on nightcrawlers among the lily pads. Perch, bream and bass were taking bait, if you had your line in the weeds but not out of it. Catfish hit nightcrawlers along the edges of weeds.

Saltwater — Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun 804-580-0245 reported continued good rockfish action last week; some pretty fish were hauled in. However, the larger ones are leaving. Chumming will begin soon.  Give him a call before they are gone!

Scattered reports from the Virginia Beach area and points north are telling of puppy drum, short flounders, a few bluefish and some trout in the area. GULP baits were the best for most anglers.

Ken’s in Spotsylvania reported that angers were tearing up the croaker near Tappahannock on bloodworms.

Events
May 30 — King George Kids’ Fishing Day through KGPR (540-775-4FUN) takes place from 5:30 p.m. till it’s over. This is a change due to a rain event.
June 7 — Kids’ Fishing Day at Motts Run Reservoir. FREE.
June 6-7-8 — Free fishing days throughout Virginia except designated stocked trout waters.
—Mark Fike

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