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Outdoors Report - May 28, 2014

Fishing is good all over, and the river settled back down.

HUNTING
Squirrel season will come back on June 7 and continue to June 21.

FISHING
Rappahannock River — The river settled back down and was slightly stained at press time. Catfish are active and hitting cutbait. Panfish are hitting in the creeks on nightcrawlers near cover. White perch are in their usual haunts downriver, but are smaller now. We heard no reports on bass angling.  

Potomac River — Aqua Land in Southern Maryland reports that anglers are catching some rockfish on spot and on bucktails. Catfish are hitting well. A 27-pound fish was hauled in last week. Squid, nightcrawlers and bloodworms are the top baits for perch, catfish and now croaker.

Ken’s Field and Stream in Oak Grove reported that striper were running in the area. Colonial Beach to Coles Point is a good stretch for rockfish. Catfish are hitting everything, according to Ken. Perch are biting bloodworms very well.

We also have had anecdotal reports of croaker invading the area; that is good news!

Ponds — Bass were hitting among the lily pads in ponds. Try plastic baits or topwater weedless baits for them. Some crappie are hitting on the beds, as well. Bream are after crickets and hoppers.

Motts Run Reservoir reported nice catfish action. Crappie are hitting nightcrawlers and lots of 2- to       3-pound bass are hitting, including a nice citation-sized bass. The water is now clear at Motts.
Lake Anna action is uplake for bass in the grass. Crappie have moved deep to structure, and striper are headed downlake and deeper now.

SALTWATER
Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) reports good rockfish action. Some pretty fish were hauled in. However, the larger ones are leaving. Chumming will begin soon.  

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

Events
May 30 — King George Kids’ Fishing Day through KGPR (540-775-4FUN) takes place from 5:30 p.m. until 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.

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