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Outdoor Report - July 30, 2014

FISHING
Fishing has been hot, but pretty good. Look for saltwater fishing to improve as we get closer to fall.

Rappahannock River — Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania (540-898-1011) reported that catfish are hitting well on just about any bait now. With the cooler days we had last week and forecast for this week, the fishing should continue to be good. Smallmouth fishing and sunfish are hitting well on the upper river, as are catfish. There is reportedly some dock work being done at the City Dock in Fredericksburg now. Keep that in mind if you want to launch there.

Potomac River — Ken’s also reported good croaker action from Colonial Beach downstream. Donna at Ken’s mentioned some trout caught off Coles Point, as well.

Aqua Land in Southern Maryland is reporting plenty of croaker on squid near the bridge. Some spot are being caught, but not much info is being given on where or on what. They also had a few customers use Fishbites to catch rockfish. Catfish are hitting on everything and are numerous.
Hunting Run in Spotsylvania is now home for snakeheads. They are seeing at least one a week being caught. Go figure.

SALTWATER
Croaker continue to hit very consistently from our area all the way down to Virginia Beach. Cobia are moving northward in the Bay. Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804-580-0245) had one boated within a few days of being back at Smith Point. The mack bite is still around Windmill Point, but not reported to Smith Point in force yet. The big red drum are now being caught on Capt. Ryan’s boat, and he is now back at Smith Point. He has some open dates for big red drum, Spanish macks, bluefish and cobia trips.

Flatfish are being very productive all over the Bay now. Some nice spadefish are reported. Puppy drum are numerous around Virginia Beach. Try Rudee Inlet.

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES COMING UP
Now is a good time to get your hunter education course done. Here are the upcoming dates for courses offered locally. You must register at the following link to take the course. If for some reason you cannot make it after registering, PLEASE call the instructor and cancel your registration so someone else can register. http://register-ed.com/programs/virginia/agency:19

Aug. 23: King George County Recreation Department- Instructor, Stanley Burrell, 540-582-5492.

Oct. 11: Oak Grove Baptist Church, Westmoreland County- Instructor, Rick Wilks, 540-775-4625.
— Mark Fike

Middle Potomac River Roundup

Croaker
The croaker reports we have been getting the past few weeks said the fish were there, but nothing super good was reported until two weeks ago. So I went out personally, to try to catch some fish and caught plenty of small croaker 8-10 inches. They were not big enough to worry about filleting, but nevertheless, they were there. This past week, I was able to slip out for a few more hours early one morning and finally got into some decent fish.

Read more: Middle Potomac River Roundup

Cooperative effort helps protect shoreline at George Washington Birthplace.

Thanks to an Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation, a small section of shoreline at George Washington Birthplace National Monument got a big makeover.  

Read more: Cooperative effort helps protect shoreline at George Washington Birthplace.

Outdoor Report - July 16, 2014

Fishing has been good but still tough once the sun gets up. Fish early and late to beat the heat and catch more fish.

Rappahannock River---Catfish continue to bite well on the Rappahannock River. Some are still coming off the spawn but most are done. Fresh cutbait is the best bait.

Read more: Outdoor Report - July 16, 2014

Outdoor Report - July 9, 2014

Fishing is tougher during the day. Fish early and late, and fish often. The fish are definitely biting! Over the weekend, the Rappahannock was high and muddy, but by press time, the river was settling down.

FISHING
Rappahannock River — Catfish are biting well on the Rappahannock River right now. However, the biggest fish are biting solely at night and on fresh-cut bait or eels. Eating-sized fish will hit during the day, but that can be miserable unless you are fishing in the shade. Try cutbait or minnows for the larger fish, and worms or chicken liver for the smaller fish.

Read more: Outdoor Report - July 9, 2014

Hot temps equal hot action for Rapp cats

If last week was any indication, the catfish spawn must be ending. Two young men, Elijah and Rex, were up bright and early to beat the heat and join me on a trip to the Rapp to pound some old catfish water in search of some action. We put in at Wilmont Landing before the sun was too high in the sky. With temps predicted to reach into the upper 90s and the heat index to creep towards 110, I wanted to be off the water by 10 AM for sure. Being in a metal boat in the bright sunshine in those temps will fry any brain cells you might have, and I did not want to lose what few I had left.

Read more: Hot temps equal hot action for Rapp cats

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