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Outdoors Report - August 15, 2012

Fishing continues to be good but inconsistent. If fishing the heat of the day expect fewer results. Low light, cloudy days or night action is best. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) reported nice croaker from their rental boats and anglers on the water vs the beach anglers. Catfish are biting well too. Some white perch are caught. A few small rockfish were hitting but reports now are being heard of keeper fish too.. Remember the 18 inch minimum. Use bucktails and jigs or spoons. Puppy drum are everywhere. Be sure to put them back. They must be 18 inches. They usually have a black spot(s) on their tail. 

Snakeheads are in the tidal creeks but nearer the headwaters. Try weedless topwater or plastics for them.

Some very nice white perch are hitting in the creeks now. Try shrimp, Fishbites or minnows for them. 

Little Falls Market (540-656-2686) reported bass on topwater early in the AM. Afternoon and evening angling with weedless frog baits will take snakeheads. 

Rollins Seafood (540-663-3597) in King George reported big croaker in the creek on shrimp. Crabs are becoming more available now and they have seen spot in the river now too. White perch are also beautiful sized.  Catfish are ever present in the creek.

Rappahannock River

Bass are hitting well in the river but again, make sure the conditions are right. Low light, low or outgoing tide and good water flow is key to bass hitting. Catfish angling can be quite good or pretty bad too. If you use fresh cut bait the results are better. Shrimp also will take some nice fish. Fish the bottom or freeline bait. Gar are also present in the river now. 

Inland

Ponds are giving up nice bass. Watch out for snapping turtles! Don’t keep your stringer in the pond unless you have to!

Try topwater in low light situations and then go deeper with plastics. Crappie are hitting jigs and bright colored jigs and grubs. 

Motts Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) reported some average size bream on night crawlers. They report that the grass carp are really starting to do a good job now and there is less vegetation to contend with. Don’t forget the night catfish action on the 20th!

Saltwater

Captain Ryan Rogers (804-580-0245) reported good bay fishing for bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Some of the macks were really pretty. Capt. Ryan put Fike, Gary Sanders, Brian Gray, Jay Gray, Troy Clift and Drew Berry on some gorgeous red drum. All were between three and four feet long! 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

Sept. 8 - Deer hunting seminar, Caledon State Park, Contact Rick Wilks at (540) 775-4625

Hunter education classes are filling fast. Register now at www.huntfishva.com

Aug. 25 - hunter ed in King George at the recreation center. Primary instructor- Buddy Fines  (540) 775-7294

Sept. 22 - 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. Oak Grove Baptist Church 8096 Leedstown Road Colonial Beach. Rick Wilks (540) 775-4625

 

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