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Outdoors Report - August 22, 2012

Fishing was decent last week. Some of the action was off during the day but during the morning or evenings it picks up. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) had plenty of customers both on the beach and renting boats last week. The croaker are biting and the white perch are biting. Catfish are also fairly consistent customers. Some small rockfish are around in large schools but finding a keeper is tough. 

Snakeheads are still biting. Best action is in the tidal creeks nearer the headwaters. Try weedless topwater or plastics for them.

Rollins Seafood (540-663-3597) in King George reported big croaker in the river. They are after shrimp. Crabs picked up White perch are also beautiful sized.  Catfish are ever present in the creek. 

Rappahannock River

Bass are reportedly biting very well on outgoing tide near structure. Topwater early in the AM and late PM is a good bet. Plastics at the mouth of tidal tribs also is bringing them to the boat. Some nice bream are biting under overhanging trees. 

Catfish are taking cut bait. The fresher the better! Gar are still in the river. 

Upriver the water levels are low. However, deep holes are good for large smallies. Log jams are great for Rockbass and sunfish. Live bait or tube baits are good for both species. 

Inland

Ponds are giving up nice bass and sunfish. Hoppers and crickets are good for the sunfish. Fish near lily pads for the best bream bite. 

Motts Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) reported an uptick in fishing. Some nice bass were caught around the Beaverhut, the Island and the berm. Plastics during the day and topwater at low light is doing the job. Catfish action is great around the whole reservoir. The night fishing event was great. Several anglers had limits of 20 fish. One stringer was over 50 pounds. Stink baits and chicken liver are the best deal there. Now is the time to really enjoy the reservoir with kids getting back the school and a few cooler days coming on. 

Saltwater

Captain Ryan Rogers (804-580-0245) reported good bay fishing for bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Our source also has been hitting some really big drum. If you want a fish of a lifetime try the red drum. They are catch and release over 26 inches and under 18 but a blast to catch and get a picture with.  If you want to book a trip with Capt. Ryan he does have some dates open in August and September for some of the best variety of the summer right now. 

Events

CBAV Rappahanock River Restocking Fund

1. Ocotber 20 Fund raiser at Freericksburg Fairgrounds

Pig roast/food and refreshments 2 - 6 p.m.

Music by “Borrowed Time.

Children under 12 admitted free.

Moon walk and casting contest. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle and $20 per person. Contact Bruce Lee at (40) 226-2047

2. Potomac River Bass tournament, September 8. Tournament director, Mike Nelms. Call 540-295-1738.30% of entry fee will be donated to CBAV.

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