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Outdoor Report - August 27, 2014

Fishing has been a bit slow in some places, but the saltwater scene has been steady. Hunting season starts Monday.

Rappahannock River
There is 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.
The catfish action on the river has been very steady for eating-sized fish. White perch also are good bets for downriver anglers using bloodworms. Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania has some. Bass angling was a bit slow this past week. Striper are not legal, but they are in the river now for catch and release. Hicks’ Landing has been a hotspot for them.

Potomac River
Spot are being caught downriver. Catfish are hitting very well in the river now. Ken’s Tackle reported good action on bloodworms for white perch at Westmoreland State Park.

Some croaker are still being caught. Try drifting ledges and shoals with squid for bait.

Inland waters
Pond action still is a bit slow this week, but fishing the lily pads with live bait has been a good way to bring home supper.

Motts Run Reservoir reports good bass angling for fish up to 20 inches. Artificial baits, such as plastic worms, fished deep near structure were good. Catfish action was quite good on chicken liver all week. Some fish hit nightcrawlers, too.  

Lake Anna reportedly is seeing good early morning striper bites on baitfish schools. Most of this action is mid-lake. Cast jerkbaits to them, and then jig spoons.

Saltwater
The flounder bite slowed down this week, but fish still are being caught. The difference seems to be the fish that are caught are right in the structure, and you have to put bait right on top of them. Cobia anglers are having a good time using live eels and chumming for these large fish.

Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) put his clients onto lots of bluefish, Spanish mackerel and croaker, with a few spot mixed in.

Ken’s Tackle reports big spot being caught near Solomon’s Island on the ledges around structure. Take those spot, and live line them for large striper.

Local hunting seasons
Doves: First segment — Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Hours are noon until sunset Sept. 1-5 and one half-hour before sunrise until sunset from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31. Limit is 15 doves per day.

Geese: Sept. 1-25. Hours are one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset from Sept. 1-16 and until sunset from Sept. 17-25. Limit is 10 geese per day.

Teal: Sept. 17-30. Hours are one half-hour before sunrise until sunset. Limit is six teal per day.
Squirrels: Sept. 6 through Feb. 28. Limit is six squirrels per day.

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