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Outdoor Report for July 27

The heat finally took a bite out of the fishing, but it is mostly the people not fishing instead of

the fish not biting.

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers are fishing for catfish with eels at night to

beat the heat, and are being rewarded with some nice fish. Some anglers are busy using

nightcrawlers and fishing structure for largemouth and doing quite well. We also heard that the

croaker are biting down around Tappahannock.

Potomac River

The croaker are smaller this week according to several sources and have moved downriver

some too. Aqua Land reported small croaker and a few small spot mixed in. Many catfish are

being caught while anglers are fishing for other species. White perch are holding near rocky

spots on bloodworms and Fishbites. Upriver the report on the bass angling is the great

topwater bite very early and late, then the fishing dies off quite a bit.

Inland

Lake Anna anglers are finding fishing is good well before the sun creeps up. In fact, bass, striped

bass and hybrid bass are all taking topwater lures all over the lake, although uplake seems to be

the better option.

Pond anglers are also finding the best action for bass to be the early morning topwater bite.

Weedless baits tossed into the lily pads are deadly. Some bream are also being caught with live

bait in the pads.

Motts Run reported very good catfishing at their night event. Otherwise fish in the shade.

Saltwater

The cobia bite in the lower bay continues to go strong this week. Sight casting eels and live spot

or croaker is the rage. Anglers fishing the CBBT did well on flounder but did have to work for

them. Some decent red drum are being caught now too, but very few puppy drum are showing

up in creeks. It is odd how we had that blitz of puppy drum two or three years ago and did not

see the larger fish after that from that brood. Spanish macks are biting well from Sandbridge

and along the oceanfront. Few bluefish are being caught now which is also a bit odd. Some nice

croaker being caught in the lower rivers. The crabbing off piers at Virginia Beach is reportedly

very good. Sheepshead are reportedly biting on the CBBT on fiddler crabs.

Calendar

Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show in Richmond at the Raceway is Aug. 12 to 14.

Potomac River Fisheries Commission Finfish Advisory Committee meeting is 6 p.m. July 26.

NWTF Rapphannock Spurs Chapter Banquet is Aug. 20 in Fredericksburg. Mark your calendars!

Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor Report - July 13, 2016

Mark and Missy Fike

Fishing has slowed down some during the day but early and late remains quite good for those

that are going out to fish.

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers are catching some nice catfish on eels down

around Hicks Landing. The bream bite is good near brushpiles. Some white perch are being

caught near gravel bars and sandy spots in the river. No report on bass this week.

Potomac River

Ken’s reported croaker were hitting well at Colonial Beach and downriver with squid, shrimp

and Fishbites being the best baits to use. Some white perch are also biting well. Plenty of shorty

rockfish are also in the area with only a few keepers landed. No report on spot or blues in the

river yet but one would hope to see some soon.

The bass bite is in the grass we hear. Snakeheads have spawned and have their schools of

young they are corralling in the creeks.

Inland

Lake Anna anglers are still taking wiper, striper and some bass but the fishing is deeper now

with some chunky fish being taken. Use spoons deep for the fish.

Pond anglers are seeing some topwater action for bass very early. However, switch over to

plastics at daybreak for the better angling. Some nice bream are being caught.

Motts Run reported very good bream fishing and some 1-2 pound bass.

Saltwater

The cobia bite in the lower bay is still going strong. The season will close in a few weeks though.

Spanish macks were on and off near Poquoson but steadier near the Virginia Beach area. Some

spades are biting on structure down that way too. Crabbing in the Virginia Beach area is

reportedly very good right now. Some spot are being caught off the piers now too.

Calendar

Virginia Outdoor Sporsman Show in Richmond at the Raceway is August 12-14 th .

Potomac River Fisheries Commission Finfish Advisory Committee meeting is Tuesday, July 26 th

at 6 PM.

NWTF Rapphannock Spurs Chapter Banquet is August 20 th in Fredericksburg. Mark your

calendars!

Outside Report, July 20, 2016

Fishing has slowed down some during the day but early and late remains quite good for those who are going out to fish.

Read more: Outside Report, July 20, 2016

Outdoors Report for June 22, 2016

Fishing is definitely in the summer pattern and the salt has started to awaken with some better fish catches reported there as well.

Read more: Outdoors Report for June 22, 2016

Outside Report, June 15, 2016

Fishing has taken the summer pattern; other than the lag in saltwater action so far it has been good.

Read more: Outside Report, June 15, 2016

Outside Report, June 8, 2016

Fishing has been good when you can dodge the storms!

Read more: Outside Report, June 8, 2016

 

 

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