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Outdoor Report - June 11, 2014

Fishing is quite good, other than a small lull in some catfishing.

HUNTING
Squirrel season is in. Look for squirrels near strawberry patches, fruit trees, raspberry patches and field edges.

FISHING
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER — Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported rockfish action from Rt. 1 down to the Fredericksburg City Dock on plugs. Two nice striper were caught near the City Dock. Bloodworms are working good on stripers.
Catfish seem to have started spawning. The action has been a bit slower but should pick back up in a week or two.
Ken’s Field and Stream in Oak Grove reported good catfish angling at Leedstown.

POTOMAC RIVER — Aqua Land in Southern Maryland reports that anglers are catching some rockfish on nightcrawlers, of all things. Catfish are hitting very well on nightcrawlers and other baits. Aqua Land also has reports of some croaker downriver. A few are being caught near the bridge, and some are keeper size. Shrimp and bloodworms seem to be the ticket on the croakers.

Ken’s Field and Stream in Oak Grove reported that they are hearing of lots of people catching croaker downriver, as well. Try squid, shrimp or Fishbites.

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that snakeheads are LOVING the black frogs in Aquia Creek.

Ponds — Everything seems to be hitting in ponds right now. Try the pads for action most of the day. Near dark, fish the fringes. During high noon, try plastic baits along logs and treetops. Minnows are killer right now for bass and crappie.

Motts Run Reservoir reported some nice catfish action. Small bass are hitting plugs early and late.

SALTWATER — Croaker are hitting very consistently near Tappahannock, we are told. At the mouth of the Potomac, the croaker are hitting very well, too. Try squid and shrimp. Fish edges and ledges.

Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) reports good rockfish action near Reedville. Many smaller fish between 20-30 inches are being caught. He even had a few go over that. But, he is now moving his boat for a month or so down to Virginia Beach. Some dates are open for inshore spadefish (which are biting now), bluefish, macks and others. Offshore trips for tune and amberjack and dolphin are available, as well.

The lower Bay heated up for cobia this past week. Some decent flounders are caught now, and the drum action fired up. Bluefish are in the surf, as well as spot, croaker and puppy drum.

Events
June 7-21—Squirrel season

—Mark Fike

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