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Outdoors Report - September 5, 2012

 

Potomac River

Ken’s (898-1011) reported continuing great white perch and croaker action from King George down to Washington’s birthplace on squid. The inlets and creeks are especially good. There were also some reports of bluefish eating the perch as anglers reeled them back in. 

Bass continue to hit along the weedlines in creeks. Try topwater or plastics on the edges to get your hits. You may have to move upcreek to get into fresher water to get the bass now as the salt is encroaching on them. The same goes for snakeheads.

Aqualand (301-259-0572) had reports of tons of puppy drum that were too small, croaker that are average size right at dark, and some really nice white perch. Catfish are readily caught. Squid and cutbait are the best baits going right now. 

Rollins Seafood (540-663-3597) in King George reported good croaker in the river and some catfish. Crabs are coming on as well. Call them for an order of crabs. 

I was able to get out with my father in law this weekend and we caught plenty of puppy drum, white perch, spot, bluefish, striper, croaker and catfish. Most were average size and the catfish were quite large. I also caught a few giant white perch. The spot were hitting small spoons of all things. 

Rappahannock River

Bass action slowed some but catfish were hitting fresh cutbait on the river. Small catfish were hitting anything. Fish the outgoing tide right at dark or dawn. Otherwise avoid direct sunlight and fish the shadows. Large bream are hitting in the creekmouths and under bushes. Use an ultralight rig and a red wiggler to clean up. 

Inland

Motts Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) reported plenty of smaller bass on plastic worms. Warmouth, a type of bream, were very active at the reservoir this past week. Chciken liver is a hot bait for catfish right now. A citation yellow perch was also caught.

Saltwater

Captain Ryan Rogers (804-580-0245) reports incredibly good bay fishing but plenty of open spots for charter captains. It seems with school starting many people have gotten busy and forgotten how great the fishing is. Reportedly the fishing is as good if not better than it has been all summer. Bluefish, redfish and Spanish mackerel are the key players right now. If you want to book a trip with Capt. Ryan he does have some dates open this month for some of the best variety of the summer right now. 

 Seasons

Squirrel — Sept. 1–Jan. 31, 6 per day.

Youth Deer Day — Sept. 29

Dove —Sept. 1 – 7 (noon until sunset), Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset), Oct. 17 – 27 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset), Dec. 28 – Jan. 12 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset)

Bag Limit: 15 per day, 30 in possession. Composed of mourning doves and white-winged doves, singly or in combination.

Sept. Canada Goose—Sept. 1–25, Bag Limit: 10 daily, 20 in possession Statewide. Shooting Hours: East of I-95  September 1 - 15: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset September 17 - 25: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset September Teal-September 17 - September 29 East of I-95

Bag Limit: 4 daily, 8 in possession* (any combination of Blue-winged and Green-winged teal) * Note: Hunters are cautioned to positively identify their ducks before shooting, since other species, such as wood ducks, may be in the area. 

Shooting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Remember that all waterfowl hunters need a HIP number and a state waterfowl conservation stamp in possession while hunting.

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