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Outdoor Report - August 6, 2014

Fishing is still good, but it has slowed considerably for daytime and daylight hours. Fish early and late for the best bets. Look for saltwater fishing to improve as we get closer to fall.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER
There is reportedly work being done at the Fredericksburg City Dock now. Keep that in mind if you want to launch there. It is closed to boat launching until at least September.

Upriver, the fishing is not that great during the middle of the day. However, fishing early and late is pretty good. Float trips are ideal, with rests during midday in the shade somewhere, or go for a swim. Smallmouth and largemouth are holding very tight to structure, such as longs or boulders during the day in deeper pools. There are some massive carp in these same pools, too. White perch, sunfish and catfish are also holding to structure. Chicken livers or worms are working best on catfish.

Downriver, the catfish bite has been decent on cut bait. Bass angling has been slower, from the few reports we have gotten.

POTOMAC RIVER
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported good croaker action from Colonial Beach, downstream.

Aqua Land is reporting in Southern Maryland, catfish are biting everywhere on the Potomac now, and it is hard to keep them off your line. If you have a new angler, young angler or someone itching for action, take them catfishing.

INLAND WATERS
Ponds are great, early and late for topwater action in the pads for bass.

Striper action is reportedly good, early and late on Lake Anna, midlake and upstream some.

Motts Run reported great action for pan-sized bass, up to two pounds on artificials. The sunfish were also active. Both species are being caught near the dam. Catfish are hitting well on chicken liver in Mine Run Cove.

SALTWATER
Croaker continue to hit, early and late in the day, from Fairview Beach on the Potomac and from Leedstown on the Rappahannock, all the way down to Virginia Beach. Cobia are moving northward in the Bay and providing some interesting catches. Flounder are hitting much better than they did last year, but the puppy drum are nearly absent compared to last year.

Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) is now  back at Smith Point. He has some open dates for big red drum, Spanish macks, bluefish and cobia trips. He recently put clients on some really huge red drum, some decent bluefish and a few nice Spanish macks. Some small sharks are also in the mix.

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES COMING UP
Now is a good time to get your hunter education course done. Here are the upcoming dates for courses offered locally. You must register at the following link to take the course. If for some reason you cannot make it after registering, PLEASE call the instructor and cancel your registration so someone else can register. http://register-ed.com/programs/virginia/agency:19

Aug. 23, 2014- 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.: King George Sheriff’s Office. 10445 Government Center Blvd. King George, Va 22485. Primary Instructor- Stan Burrell (540) 582-5492

Oct. 11, 2014- 8:00 A.M. To 5:00 P.M. Oak Grove Baptist Church  8096 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach, Va  22443. Primary Instructor- Rick Wilks (540) 775-4625

Oct. 18, 2014- 8:00 am. To 5:00 pm. King George Rec. Dept.  8076 Kings Highway, King George, Va 22485. Primary Instructor- Buddy Fines (540) 775-7294.

Note: Above Classes Are Sponsored By The Fredericksburg Northern Neck Chapter Of V.D.H.A.  Assoc.  Classes Being Conducted Under The New Curriculum.  2.0 Hrs. Pre-Class Study Required.
— Mark Fike

 

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