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Outdoors Report - June 13, 2012

 

The rivers were cleared up fairly well by the weekend but the fishing was not real good. Here is what we found out. 

Rappahannock River

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and shrimp near Lil Falls if you are so inclined to fish near the sewage treatment plant. Downriver, catfish are also doing the same near Hopyard and Port Royal. Bass angling on Saturday was tough but plastics near creek mouths and crankbaits did catch a few fish. 

Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reports that there has not been much action on the Rappahannock River. 

Potomac River

Lil Falls reported continued great snakehead action. Bass action is also good in the creeks on topwater baits. Try the tribs like Potomac Creek, Aquia Creek, Dogue Creek and so on. 

Aqualand (301-259-0572) is telling us that crabs are eating the bait from anglers’ hooks so fast that they cannot get many fish. Perhaps try trotlining or fishing for crabs? Some croaker are biting downriver and around the bridge. 

Ken’s Tackle reported they are catching croaker at Colonial Beach on bloodworms and squid. Catfish are biting all over the river according to Ken’s. 

Ponds/Lakes—

Mott’s Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) reports that catfish are biting extremely well all over the reservoir. There are plenty of small bass being marked in 8-10 feet of water but no real big fish being caught. The lunker in the Weekend Basser’s Tournament was 4.74 pounds. A five fish stringer that won was only 7.49 pounds. However, panfish are being caught readily from and around the piers on red wigglers. 

Ponds are probably the best bet for the next few days. Bass are hitting topwater and  plastic worms. Bream are hitting red wigglers, crickets and hoppers too. 

Chris McCotter- reported some striper and some bass action uplake..mccotterslakeanna.blogspot.com/

Saltwater

Captain Ryan Rogers www.fishmidnightsun.com at 804-580-0245 reported that the chumming is going well. His clients have caught rockfish, bluefish and croaker. Capt. Ryan is moving down to Virginia beach this week for some offshore fishing and inshore fishing.  Call if you want to see about a slot for some big game species of even some inshore fishing down there. He has a Mate In Training (MIT) program open at Smith Point later this summer for young anglers. Last time I checked he had a few openings left. It is a great program he created and an excellent way for the younger kids to learn how to really fish, run a boat and put out lines etc.

Croaker are biting well near Tappahannock now on squid, shrimp and bloodworms. 

Down the bay the flatfish action bounced back later this week with some fish up to five pounds. Near Oyster and the CBBT the action was decent. Spanish are hitting on the oceanfront. Cobia are there but not interested in a big way yet in baits. Some reds are hitting on the eastern side of the bay but fishing is not quite as good on our side. Croaker are everywhere and some small spot are hitting in inlets. Specks are around the normal spots lower in the bay and near Virginia Beach. Sheepshead and spades are also hitting in the normal spots to include the third and fourth islands of the CBBT. 

Events

June 2-16—Squirrel season. See related story. 

Motts Reservoir Night Catfishing event on June 15, July 20 and August 17 8:30 p.m. –1 a.m. 540-786-8989. 

 

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