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Outdoor Report for Nov. 16, 2016

Fishing appears to be quite good for those that get out. Hunting has been hit or miss. Some days the deer appear to be moving and others they are not moving at all.

Rappahannock River

Now is the time to take an afternoon and hit structure in the mid to upper river for crappie. Take some minnows and don’t forget your bass rod either. The fish should be hitting spinnerbaits and cranks on ledges, walls and treetops.

Potomac River

Aqua Land Marina reported that rockfish are running deeper but the catches are better and the fish are fatter this week. Soft plastic jerkbaits and shads are doing the job. Trollers are also catching some really nice fish. No report on bass.

Inland

Motts Run said crappie and sunfish are hitting well off the piers. Some really nice catfish and crappie were caught on the shallow end of the reservoir too. Motts is going to try staying open in November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. until it gets really cold.

Lake Anna anglers were taking bass on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and some jigged shads. Watch your fish finder and you might also haul in some striper and hybrid striped bass.

Saltwater

Capt. Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun is putting clients on a steady picking of nice striped bass. Some of the fish are up to 30 inches now. Occasionally they get into some trout too.

In the lower bay the striper action is good. Some specks are being caught as well as some puppy drum. Swimbaits are the top bait it seems. Some topwater action is being had for rockfish.

Hunting—The deer are still chasing, but the rut will start to tail off soon. Some days the action is busy for some hunters and the other days are downright slow. Be sure of your target. Firearms season starts Saturday. Let’s police ourselves. If you see someone doing something illegal like trespassing, shooting more than their limit, dumping carcasses, dumping dogs on posted land/or whatever, report it so we don’t all look bad.

Upcoming seasons:

Firearms Deer season opens Nov. 19

Duck season Nov. 16-27

Dec. 17-January 29

Goose season Nov. 16-27

Dec.r 17-Jan. 29

Bag Limit: 2 per day, 6 in possession.

Dove Nov. 19-27 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset)

Dec. 24-Jan. 15 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset)

Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor Report for Nov. 9, 2016

Be safe out in the woods the next few months. The rut is on and the hunters are trying to punch a tag or two to fill the freezer. Please remember to thank a veteran this Veterans Day.

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle reported that lots of smallmouth were being caught upriver. Use minnows. The catfish are reportedly biting well on the river now too.

Potomac River

Ken’s Tackle reported that in Aquia Creek anglers were still catching lots of ring perch and white perch this week.  Crappie are also biting minnows in the creek this week. At Colonial Beach anglers are catching striper on squid late in the evening.

Aqua Land Marina reported that catfish were hitting pretty well on cutbait. The striper are being jigged up on spoons. Some of the striper are measuring 30 inches! Trollers are also catching some nice rockfish.

Inland

Motts Run said that not many anglers are going out this past week. But those that are going out are catching some nice crappie. Motts is going to try staying open in November until it gets really cold on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Lake Anna anglers were taking smaller bass on jerkbaits near midlake. Striper were hitting jigs and sassy shads.  

Saltwater

Saltwater action reports tell of a lot of shorty striper but some larger ones in shallow areas in the Potomac downstream of us. The good news is that there are some anglers taking some gray and speckled trout in and around the mouth of the Potomac. We have not seen that fishery produce in many years. Hopefully it will continue.

Hunting

The rut is starting. Acorns are falling and there are some scrapes showing up. The strange thing is that some of us are seeing some very small deer/fawns in the woods. Evidently some does got pregnant late. These were likely last year’s fawns that were bred a month later than most of the mature does. Be sure of your target and be ethical!

Upcoming seasons:

Archery deer Oct. 1-Nov. 18

Archery turkey Oct. 1-Nov. 12

Fall turkey season for KG and Westmoreland through Nov. 11

Muzzleloader Deer Season Nov. 5—18

Firearms Deer season opens Nov. 19

Rabbit season Nov. 5-Feb. 28

Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor Report for Oct. 5, 2016

Due to the intense rain and flooding of local waters, there is no fishing report this week. Fishing reports will resume next week. However, we have a few reminders for hunters.

Important Outdoor Reminders

Archery season for turkey and deer began this past Saturday. There are a few things that should be carefully considered by hunters and landowners regarding hunting.

Sunday Hunting

Sunday hunting may only be done on private lands. Here is what is on the VDGIF website regarding this matter:

“Allows a landowner and his family or a person with written permission from the landowner to hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, on the landowner’s property on Sunday, except within 200 yards of a house of worship or any accessory structure thereof. “Landowner” refers to all private landowners (including persons and entities). Public lands are not included.

It also allows for waterfowl (ducks, coot, geese, brant and swans) hunting on Sundays subject to restrictions imposed by the Director of the Department and except within 200 yards of a house of worship or any accessory structure thereof.

Continues to allow raccoon hunting until 2 a.m. Sunday mornings.”

Anyone hunting on Sunday under the above restrictions MUST have permission from the landowner that specifically states that they may hunt on SUNDAY on that land. If you don’t have a permission slip that states you may hunt on SUNDAY, you are in violation of the law.

Dog hunting and trespassing

King George, like many localities, is becoming more and more fragmented. This is making it tough to find a place to hunt. Dog hunting for deer, in particular, has become almost a thing of the past due to lack of large blocks of land to use hounds. Over the past few years there has been quite a bit of frustration by landowners about a few bad apples that have unethically dropped dogs on adjoining lands or even on POSTED land to run the deer off so that some so called hunters could hopefully get a shot. Accusations have flown back and forth about the matter and unfortunately a good solution may be unobtainable as there simply is not enough land to run hounds after deer in our area without some sort of conflict inevitably arising. As a result, a piece of legislation was passed in 2016  that punishes as a Class 3 misdemeanor the intentional release by a person of hunting dogs on the lands of another to hunt without the consent of the landowner. The bill punishes a second or subsequent offense committed within three years as a Class 1 misdemeanor and provides for the revocation of the person's hunting license for a period of one year upon conviction. Full language of the bill and resulting law can be found at: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+HB1329.

Clubs or groups that “lease” a few acres next to a large block of land and are caught letting dogs go on that tiny parcel to “hunt” will likely face the consequences. Perhaps we should police ourselves so the public does not get a bad impression of hunters. A camera to capture bad behavior is very helpful.

Trespassing is another growing issue. POST your lands if you want to be able to put the pressure on those that are coming across the line onto your land. Many people are paying good money to have a lease to hunt. A POSTED sign that is clearly visible to a trespasser carries a heavier fine than simple trespassing. Perhaps some hidden trail cameras in areas where trespassing is a problem might be good evidence in court. Also, our local Conservation Police Officer has a four legged partner that is an excellent tracker and back tracker.

Let’s work together to make this season a good one and a safe one!

Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor report Sept. 28, 2016

Fishing reports were very slow this past week. A lull seems to have overcome many waters. Hopefully with the cool temperatures the fish will be motivated to feed.

Rappahannock River

The river fishing for bass is transitioning to a spinnerbait pattern now with some topwater action in low light. Catfish are not biting that well compared to the summer.

Potomac River

Aqua Land Marina reported that anglers were going out, but not many were bragging about catching fish. The croaker should still be in the area and the rockfish should be turning on quite a bit in the next few weeks. White perch action is good on shoals, bars and oyster beds as well as grassy creek banks.

Inland

Ken’s Tackle reported good bass fishing in ponds. They are selling lots of minnows lately, too. We expect the crappie angling to turn on very soon. Get the crappie rods out!

Motts Run reported some nice bream fishing off the piers with red wigglers. Bass up to 3 pounds were caught on a variety of baits, but not much else was biting this week at Motts.

Lake Anna is showing promise with stripers, bass and crappie biting. Use your fish finder and look for busting fish in the early morning.

Saltwater

Capt. Ryan Rogers of The Midnight Sun Charters (804-580-0245) reported red drum action right up until the weekend. The bluefish were around along with a few Spanish mackerel and some small trout!

Other saltwater action reports included some redfish in the lower bay. Spot were biting up to ½ pound along the lower bay and oceanfront. Some macks were around and small blues too. A few puppy drum were caught in the lower edges of the bay as well.

Upcoming seasons:

Dove Season Dates: September 10-October 30 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset) 15 per day. HIP required.

Gray and Red Squirrels: September 3 through February 28 – statewide

September Teal Season Dates: September 17 – September 30 Hunt Area: East of I-95 Season Dates: September 21 – September 30

Archery deer season begins this Saturday. Check your stands and wear your treestand harness!

Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor Report for Sept. 7, 2016

Fishing was tough in the salt this week due to the near-miss storm which caused flood tides and left messy conditions as well as horrible winds over the weekend. However, freshwater fishing was not too bad.

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers had a bit of a tough week. Some anglers did manage some catfish but even that was slow. Most were eating size and a few larger fish were caught.

Potomac River

Ken’s reported very little fishing success on the river this past week.

Aqua Land Marina reported slower conditions this past week. Perch anglers were catching some decent fish down to Swan Point on Fishbites and squid. There are plenty of shorty rockfish in the river up to 18 inches, but none of legal size that were reported. Some croaker are still being reported but in fewer number. Those that are catching them are hooking squid on their lines to entice these scrappy 12 to 14 inch fish. Even the snakehead bite was slow.

Inland

Motts Run reported much better angling this week than last week. Anglers took 1 to 2 pound bass on an assortment of artificial baits and nightcrawlers. Catfish anglers were catching plenty of fish on chicken liver and nightcrawlers. One angler was having a heyday off the pier catching nice white perch on nightcrawlers.

Hunting Run gave up some nice bream this past week and a few nice catfish. All were caught on red wigglers and minnows.

Lake Anna has been hit or miss with striped bass hitting jerkbaits early or late.

Saltwater

The winds, tides and slop in the water made conditions on the bay and ocean unfishable. Before the blow, some nice Spanish were being caught near Point Lookout down to Windmill Bar. A few cobia were haunting structure. Sheepshead were taking fiddlers near the CBBT and some really nice bluefish were also caught in the middle to upper bay area. Crabbing before the blow was decent.

Hunting:

Reports from dove hunters was sporadic action. Much of the reason was due to fields not being ready to cut yet. Give it two or three weeks and the hunting should improve with late cuttings.

 

Upcoming seasons:

Dove Season Dates: September 3-9 (noon until sunset), September 10-October 30 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset) 15 per day. HIP required.

September Canada Goose Season Dates: September 1 – September 25 Bag Limit: 10 daily, 30 in possession Hunt Area: Statewide Shooting Hours: East of I-95

  • September 1 – 16: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

  • September 17 – 25: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Gray and Red Squirrels: September 3 through February 28 – statewide

September Teal Season Dates: September 17 – September 30 Hunt Area: East of I-95 Season Dates: September 21 – September 30

By Mark and Missy Fike

Outdoor Report for Aug. 31

Fishing picked back up in the saltwater department. Get some cooler nights like this coming weekend and the rockfish bite should really take off.  

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers caught some really nice crappie and bass on the Rappahannock near town. One crappie was checked in and measured 15.5 inches. A bass was caught on a minnow measuring 22 inches. Some nice bream are being caught upriver too.

Potomac River

Ken’s reported lots of small sharks near Colonial Beach. Anglers are catching them and cutting them loose. Crabbing reportedly picked up too. Rockfish were reportedly hitting both crankbaits and topwater lures early and late. Some keepers were reportedly in the mix. White perch are also good game now with some nice fish being caught. A few spot and some decent croaker are being caught near Dahlgren. Some small puppy drum are in the area but not big enough to keep.

Aqua Land Marina reported much of the same but said the better rockfish bite is late evening. They also said that the croaker are favoring 15-20 feet of water. Bloodworms and Fishbites are the baits to use.  White perch are hitting the squid and Fishbites intended for the croaker. Some of the perch are really good size.  

Inland

Motts Run reported poor fishing again this week.

Saltwater

The cobia are still haunting floating debris and buoys in the bay. Some really nice bluefish are being caught in Maryland waters while the Spanish are scattered but in good schools when found. Some nice sheepshead are also biting along the CBBT.  There are still some mahi mahi crusiing offshore. Some spot are in the Virginia Beach area. Crabbing in that area is supposedly really good now.

Upcoming seasons:

Dove Season Dates: September 3-9 (noon until sunset), September 10-October 30 (½ hour before sunrise until sunset) 15 per day. HIP required.

September Canada Goose Season Dates: September 1 – September 25 Bag Limit: 10 daily, 30 in possession Hunt Area: Statewide Shooting Hours: East of I-95

  • September 1 – 16: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

  • September 17 – 25: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Gray and Red Squirrels: September 3 through February 28 – statewide

September Teal Season Dates: September 17 – September 30 Hunt Area: East of I-95 Season Dates: September 21 – September 30

By Mark and Missy Fike

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