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Outdoors Report- Nov. 7, 2012

Despite the horrible rains north of us the fishing has been VERY good this past week. Hunting for deer improved slightly.

Potomac River
Aqualand (301-259-0572) reported slow fishing activity by customers. However, those that are going out are reporting some nice white perch.
Ken’s Tackle (540-898-1011) reported some croaker and puppy drum still hitting on the Potomac River.

Rappahannock River
Ken’s reported good crappie action using minnows. Some chunky smaller bass are hitting jigs and plastics too.

Inland
Lake Anna—Fishing for crappie is really quite good now. Bass fishing is a bit tougher but the action when found is good. Striper are hitting uplake now that the water is clearing.
Ponds—Fishing was very good for bass and crappie. Bluegill are very thick now. Chain pickerel are hitting VERY well. Try spoons and flashy baits or minnows.
Lake Orange was good for white perch, crappie and bass. Fish structure to find the fish.
The Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg (trout license required) was HOT for trout fishing on meal worms, super dupers and Powerbaits.

Saltwater
Captain Ryan Rogers (804-580-0245) reports continued great chumming for rockfish. The fish are getting bigger with some pushing 28” in size now. His clients have been limiting out lately.

Hunting
Deer action is picking up. Pern’s had three deer checked in. One doe and three bucks this past week. The scrapes are starting to show up and a few deer are moving around more now. Ken’s reported that customers were complaining of finding a lot of sick looking deer (HD disease we reported on in late summer) and some carcasses. Don’t be too alarmed if you find these. Some deer fatality is expected with HD and much of that should stop now that we have had a few cool mornings.
Turkey season ends this Friday but hunters are seeing plenty of birds out there!
Enjoy the last few days of this segment.

 Seasons
Squirrel—Sep. 1-Jan. 31, 6 per day.
Dove—Dec. 28-Jan. 12 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset)
Bag Limit: 15 per day, 30 in possession. Composed of mourning doves and white-winged doves, singly or in combination.
Duck—Nov. 17-Dec. 1, Dec. 8-Jan. 26
Goose—Nov. 17-Dec. 1, Dec. 20-Jan. 31
Turkey—Oct. 27-Nov. 9, Nov. 22 and Dec. 3-Dec. 15 in KG, Westmoreland, Richmond and Northumberland Counties.
Fox/ Bobcat—Nov. 1-Feb. 28
Raccoon—Oct. 15 to March 10 at 2 a.m.
Rabbit—Nov. 3-Feb. 28
Quail/Pheasant—Nov. 10-Jan. 31

Events
Dec. 1—Disabled Veterans Hunt at Caledon State Park. Volunteers should show up at sunrise to assist. They can always use a few extra hands to help drive deer! Great event, well run and great for the entire family.

4-H Archery Club
Attention: King George 4H has started an archery club. They are working with very limited amounts of equipment for the youth that have shown up with a passion for sending arrows downrange and learning the basics of archery. The club could use donated bows, gently used targets, sets of arrows and a bowpress to help the leaders set up the bows for each youth. If you have any gently used archery equipment you can contact Mr. Mrotek at (540)903-2889.
This program is already producing success and needs your help. The KG 4-H Archers (Rachel Courtney, Luke Arcement, Julia Mrotek, and Sidney Mrotek) participated in their first competition at the Northern District Shooting Match in Culpeper this past Saturday. The club is growing and fine tuning their skills.

Mark and Missy Fike

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