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Outdoors Report - May 2, 2012

Outdoor Report for May 2nd Mark and Missy Fike
Fishing was fair to good in most places last week. Windy conditions, the rain over the weekend and now possible rising waters may put a wrench into things for a bit. A lot of people want to know about croaker. We heard a rumor of a few croaker near Colonial Beach but other than that the fish are down around the lower bay right now.

Rappahannock River
Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reported a few shad and white perch still in the area. She is selling lots of bloodworms. Catfish and striper (release only) are at the City Dock for night anglers. Donna also reported good crappie fishing on the river using small minnows. Smallmouth bass are hitting upriver. Largemouth bass are after larger

minnows.

Litte Falls (540-656-8696) reported little action on the river.

Incidental reports locally only show plenty of crappie for anglers that know where to go for them. Catfishing on the river around Hopyard has been lousy for most people. Some small bass are caught in the creeks.
Potomac River

Lil Falls reported bass are spawning and activity dropped off. 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.

Ponds/Lakes—
Mott’s Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) is reporting a variety of fish. Crappie, Shellcracker, a few bass, nice catfish and some white perch are hitting. There were some really nice stringers of white perch and crappie.
Saltwater

The spring striper season in the bay opened with a big bang. Captain Ryan Rogers (www.fishmidnightsun.com) at 804-580-0245 reported great striper fishing. Some big hawgs were hauled in this week to include some nice citation fish.

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: Statewide April 14 through May 5, 2012: One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day.
May 7 through May 19, 2012: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

May 5th—Annual Kids Fishing Day in King George. Fishing at a private pond for kids and their parents. Call 775-4FUN to register. Registration required. Free event.

May 25th—Night catfishing at Motts Run. Kids $3 or $5 and Adults $5 or $8 (prepay vs day of) Fishing till 12:30 AM. Great fun for all. No alcohol. 540-786-8989.

June 2nd--Kid’s Fishing Day at Motts Run. June 2nd. Register 0730-1030. Fish till noon. Prizes afterwards. Free to kids 4-16. Great event. Free fishing day!

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