Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report


BASS
The first batch of spawners has finished as females are pulling off the beds and beginning to feed, especially down lake.   The males are staying in shallow water protecting the fry.  Fish aggressively covering lots of water from 2-10’ deep.  Suspending jerkbaits (hard or soft body) and slow sinking Fitt or Bass Assassin swimbaits along with Senkos are working well.  Very good topwater action early and late in the day using buzzbaits  and poppers.  The upper end still has spawners so use creature type baits in spawning areas 3-12’ deep, hula grubs, baby brushhogs and crawfish.  Fish grass beds up lake in the North Anna (if you can find them)

STRIPERS: 

Fish are still scattered all over the lake, but the best producing areas are from the splits to the bridges. Pull planner boards rigged with live bait over flats, points and humps in water less than 20 feet or cast sassy shads and Sea Shads.  As the water warms to above 75* the fish will convert to smaller baits and also retreat to deeper flats where they will school in large numbers. Now is a good time to catch fish on top water (in low light conditions) on lures like Pencil Poppers, Redfins , Spooks and chuggars. Hit main lake points early and late in the day for explosive strikes. Trollers will start to catch more fish as the water warms later in the month.

CRAPPIE: It was a light April spawn so we’re hoping more fish will spawn this month.   Crappie may not be as easy to catch when they were shallow but once you locate them they will be schooled in larger numbers. Traditional small jigs tipped with small tubes and grubs long with small and medium minnows work well.

Water Temps low 70’s

Lake Anna Striper Guide Service – Jim Hemby