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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. 

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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

Public water rights threatened by inaction

 

Imagine taking a day off work to hit a local public waterway such as the Rappahannock River to wet a line and possibly catch some fish for supper. The Rappahannock River is described on the VDGIF website, “The tidal Rappahannock offers an array of species for the freshwater angler to enjoy, including blue catfish, largemouth bass, and migratory anadromous species such as American shad, hickory shad, river herring (alewife and blueback herring), and striped bass.”

It is a fine river to fish. While out on the river you see a tributary that you had never fished before that is plenty big enough to get your small boat into and still leave plenty of room for casting on both sides of the boat. You know that all navigable water in the state is public water but to your surprise you see POSTED signs and NO TRESPASSING signs along the bank and NO FISHING signs. It appears that someone is trying to keep people from enjoying the public waterway. Is this a bad dream that you need to wake up from? 

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Outdoors Report - July 18, 2012

 

Fishing is quite good no matter where you go. During the hottest part of the day take a break and then hit it again when things cool a bit.

Potomac River

Ken’s Tackle reported that striped bass and white perch are hitting near Colonial Beach. Croaker are also hitting well on squid and Fishbites. 

Aqualand also reported white perch hitting very well. The croaker are hitting on shrimp for their customers. Catfish are hitting on 

Read more: Outdoors Report - July 18, 2012

Outdoors Report - July 11, 2012

 

Despite the heat the fishing continues to be good. Check river levels before going out due to rain.

Rappahannock River

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cutbait up and down the river. Fish are decent sized. The larger fish are hitting cutbait. Upriver the bream and smallmouth are hitting very well. Small spinners, jigs or plastics are taking fish in deeper pools and riffles. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) is telling us that fishing is very good. Catfish, croaker, perch and rockfish are being caught right off the beach. 

Small croaker are definitely in the area. The fish are readily biting squid and shrimp. Fish in low light conditions for best action. The area of the river from Colonial Beach to Dahlgren was quite good on July 4. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - July 11, 2012

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