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Outdoors Report - August 29, 2012

Fishing continues to be good and the rain is helping. We need it bad. 

Potomac River

Ken’s (898-1011) reported great white perch and croaker action from King George down to Washington’s birthplace on squid. The inlets and creeks are especially good. 

Plenty of striper and white perch are hitting near Fairview Beach. The striper are hitting small bucktails in white. 

Bass are hitting the weedlines in creeks. Try topwater or plastics on the edges to get your hits. 

Aqualand (301-259-0572) had reports of tons of puppy drum that were too small, croaker that are average size, a few blues that are small, and small spot. Catfish are readily caught. 

Rollins Seafood (540-663-3597) in King George reported more croaker in the river of good size. A few catfish were reported this week in the creek. Crabs are really starting to come on. They are also good size. Call them for an order of crabs. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - August 29, 2012

Outdoors Report - August 22, 2012

Fishing was decent last week. Some of the action was off during the day but during the morning or evenings it picks up. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) had plenty of customers both on the beach and renting boats last week. The croaker are biting and the white perch are biting. Catfish are also fairly consistent customers. Some small rockfish are around in large schools but finding a keeper is tough. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - August 22, 2012

Outdoors Report - August 15, 2012

Fishing continues to be good but inconsistent. If fishing the heat of the day expect fewer results. Low light, cloudy days or night action is best. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) reported nice croaker from their rental boats and anglers on the water vs the beach anglers. Catfish are biting well too. Some white perch are caught. A few small rockfish were hitting but reports now are being heard of keeper fish too.. Remember the 18 inch minimum. Use bucktails and jigs or spoons. Puppy drum are everywhere. Be sure to put them back. They must be 18 inches. They usually have a black spot(s) on their tail. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - August 15, 2012

Snakeheads are delicious, great to catch

When the first snakehead was discovered in the tributaries of the Potomac River upstream from us years ago there was an outpouring of fear, irritation and anxiety by some anglers, particularly bass anglers. The fear was that this strange looking creature was going to decimate the bass population and ruin the ecosystem. Thus far that has not materialized. In fact, not much has changed in the river except maybe the number of anglers, particularly, the bass anglers, that are trying to catch them. 

No one wants to encourage non-native species, aka invasive species, to invade our ecosystem. Some creatures are accidentally introduced while others are purposely introduced with hopes of doing some good. The blue catfish is such an example. Now, many feel that introduction possibly should have been left alone. 

Read more: Snakeheads are delicious, great to catch

Outdoors Report - August 8, 2012

Fishing has been quite good for many species but there have been some slow days as well. The saltwater action is red hot now. 

Potomac River

White perch are hitting shrimp and Fishbites. They also will take small grubs, spinners and spoons. Bass are hitting in the grass in the tribs. Use topwater during low light and Senkos during the day. 

Aqualand (301-259-0572) reported white perch and croaker hitting very well. Rental boats are getting plenty of those. Try squid and shrimp. Catfish are also a regular for customers. A few small rockfish were hitting but reports now are being heard of keeper fish too.. Remember the 18 inch minimum. Use bucktails and jigs or spoons. Puppy drum are everywhere. Be sure to put them back. They must be 18 inches. 

Ken’s Tackle (540-898-1011) reported good croaker action in the Colonial Beach area and some decent night action for crabbers. No spot have shown up yet. Downriver the striper are hitting and bluefish too. Ken’s has a variety of fishing gear to include plenty of saltwater items. 

Rappahannock River

Ken’s reported smallmouth in deep holes upriver and great bream action. Catfish are everywhere but on the small side and bass fishing on the river has been consistent. Try outgoing tide, red shad colored plastics. 

Inland

Ponds are giving up nice bass. Try topwater in low light situations and then go deeper with plastics. Crappie are hitting jigs and bright colored jigs and grubs. 

Motts Run Reservoir (540-786-8989) also reported some average size bass and some small bream on night crawlers. They report that the grass carp are really starting to do a good job now and there is less vegetation to contend with. Don’t forget the night catfish action on the 20th!

Saltwater

Captain Ryan Rogers (804-580-0245) reported great bay fishing with some really pretty  Spanish macks,  Bluefish are making a good show now too. Plenty of puppy drum are in the mid bay area. Some decent croaker are hitting inland and a few speckled trout are also present. 

 

Mark and Missy Fike

 

Outdoors Report - August 1, 2012

Fishing is good for most species right now. Hopefully we will get a bit more rain to help our water levels and the fish. 

Potomac  River 

Aqualand   (301-259-0572) reported white perch and croaker hitting very well. The croaker seem to like squid the best. Catfish are also a regular for customers. A few small rockfish were hitting. Remember the 18 inch minimum. Use bucktails and jigs or spoons. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - August 1, 2012

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