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Outdoors Report - March, 28, 2012

Great weather started leaves popping, dogwoods blooming and fish biting.

Rappahannock River
Catfish are spotty biting right now. Amazingly, most catches are coming on nightcrawlers vs. cutbait from our reports.
Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reported white perch biting in Fredericksburg. Shad and herring have arrived in Fredericksburg but are spotty so far. Sometimes the bite is on but still not quite reliable yet.
Pern’s Supermarket (775-7817) told us they have bloodworms, nightcrawlers and other bait available.

Potomac River
We are hearing that the bass bite in creeks is heating up on creek edges and shallows were bass are staging for the spawn.

Crappie are hitting in the creeks and on woody structure. Yellow perch have died down in activity. Some white perch are being caught. Jaliq Bullett of King George recently snagged a HUGE perch.

Ponds—
Lake Anna is reportedly giving up some nice striper uplake and crappie are also hitting in shallow grass and on other structure. Try minnows and jigs. Bass are really turning on as well.
Saltwater
The spring striper season in the bay opens April 21st.
Fishing ID Number REQUIRED in tidal water!
Don’t forget to get your Fisherman Identification Program Number. You need one in Virginia in tidal waters and in saltwater no matter if you are fishing for saltwater fish or not. Don’t get a ticket. They are being issued now! Maryland waters, to include the Potomac River, require one too. Just because you are registered, as a Virginia angler does not mean that FIP number is good in the Potomac River. Get a Maryland number separately. Virginia anglers can get one online by calling 800-723-2728. Or you can go online to register in Virginia, go to www.mrc.virginia.gov/FIP/index.shtm. For Maryland, go to www.dnr.maryland.gov/swregistry.asp.

Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Day  April 7, 2012 One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
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.

 

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