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Outdoors Report - May 9, 2012

Fishing was decent this past week despite rain. Turkey hunting is winding down. Many fish are post spawn and hungry so get them now before it gets too hot!

Rappahannock River
Little Falls’s (540-656-8696) reported bass hitting many types of artificial baits. They are post spawn and hungry. Catfish action is decent for really small fish. Many catfish will go into a spawn mode soon but they do not all spawn at the same time. Night fishing will begin to pick up.  
Upriver the smallie action is go

od in holes and riffles. Live bait and small lures should work well.

Potomac River
Lil Falls reported bass are done spawning and activity has picked up. Catfish are biting well on cutbait though.
Aqualand (301-259-0572) is telling us that catfish are taking all kinds of bait off their beach now. Use cutbait to catch fish.
Gar are rolling in the creeks on warmer days. Snakeheads are active in the upper reaches of tidal creeks on both sides of the river. Bass are on weed edges now too.
 
Ponds/Lakes—
Mott’s Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) is reporting a variety of fish but mostly catfish and white perch hitting this week. A big  largemouth took a whole nightcrawler. The fish was a half inch shy of a citation.
Ponds are quite good for bass and bluegill right now. Use crickets for bait on the bream and enjoy the hearty action. Bass will take live bait and plastics readily. A few crappie are still hitting. Keep your bait moving to entice them.

Saltwater
The spring striper season in the bay opened with a big bang. Captain Ryan Rogers at 804-580-0245 reported great striper fishing most days but some days were tough. The hot days may have moved the larger fish out of the bay sooner than usual.

Spring Turkey Season
Bag Limit: One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two, or three,  bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season. Seasons: May 7-19: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
May 25 – Night catfishing at Motts Run. Kids $3 or $5 and Adults $5 or $8 (prepay vs day of) Fishing until 12:30 a.m. Great fun for all. No alcohol. 540-786-8989.
June 2 – Kid’s Fishing Day at Motts Run. Register 0730-1030. Fish until noon. Prizes afterwards. Free to kids 4-16. Great event. Free fishing day!

Mark and Missy Fike

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