Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report



Typical summer patterns with fish in the mouth of creeks, main lake points, and deep structure.  The upper end of the lake seems to be the most productive and fish are on almost every point that has some type of cover on it.  There still is some topwater action in the early mornings, but  the fish will move deeper as the sun heats up surface temps.  Use deep diving crankbaits that run 12-15', Bandit 300, 400 & 700, work well as do most big billed baits.  Also, use your favorite dark colored worm or shakey head.


The fish are in the main lake from the splits down to the Power Plant.  Some schools are in the mouth of Sturgeons and Pigeons, but most are hanging in the main lake 25-35' deep.  Trolling is the best method to catch fish now.  Run Redfins, DD-22, or XPS LEC-15,  25' deep.  Also troll lime green umbrella rigs.  You may also cast pearl or pearl blue sassy shads or jig  spoons.  Live bait anglers are having great success now too.  Catch your own or drift jumbo minnows 20-25’ deep .  There is some limited topwater action in the early mornings, but by 8am the fish are heading to deeper, cooler waters.


 Deep structure and bridge pilings are holding most of the fish now.  Use 2" grubs or small minnows 15-20' deep.

Water temps mid 80’s



STRIPERS:  Stripers have migrated to the mid  lake regions of the lake and are aggressively feeding on 25 to 30 foot flats gorging themselves on 4 and 5 inch Herring.  In low light conditions they are feeding heavily in the upper water column.  Early and late in the day fish topwater with Redfins, Zara Spooks, Chug Baits and Pencil Poppers.  When the fish move deep start trolling with the Redfin CD  9 series or the Mann’s Stretch 25, 917 color.  You can also use  umbrella and drop rigs. Another great method to catch Striper  is to use live bait rigged on downlines putting the baits at the exact depth the fish are using to maximize your catches.
BASS: The largemouths are in post spawn and summer patterns now and have retreated to deeper water to replenish their energy. They also are feeding aggressively and suckers for top water baits.  Bass will rise out of 20 feet of water to hit a Pop R, Whopper Plopper, or your favorite topwater plug, especially in clear water. The deeper the water you fish over the slower you should work your bait giving the Bass time to locate and blow up on the bait. Spooks also work well fishing parallel to bluff banks like those in Contrary Creek. Carolina rigs tipped with your favorite Lizzard or worm also work well. Use heavy sinkers and cover water quickly till you feel structure then hold on! Another good technique  is to throw Swimbaits counting them down using a slow retrieve.
CRAPPIE: The slabs have pulled out and are being caught on deeper points with brushpiles and on the deeper bridge pilings in the 10 to 20 foot ranges. They continue to hit small minnows and jigs . The fish are also stacking up on ledges in the rivers in the 8 to 15 foot depths. Crappie rigs [two hook rigs] tipped with minnows are deadly now too.  Simply lower your offerings to the depth of the fish and once you start catching doubles mark your line at that depth and fill your cooler up.
CATFISH: Cats are very plentiful this year and are feeding everywhere on the lake. Catfish are feeding aggressively on 4 and 5 inch Herring using the lower third of the water column to feed. If you can not catch Herring try large minnows rigged on downlines or use on fish finder rigs.
 water temps upper 70’s
 Jim Hemby, Lake Anna Striper Guide Service

The first batch of spawner has finished as the females have pulled off the beds and are feeding heavily, especially from mid lake and down and the extreme upper end.   The males are staying in shallow water protecting the fry.  Fish aggressively covering lots of water from 2-12’ deep.  Suspending jerkbaits (hard or soft body) and slow sinking Spro swimbaits along with Senkos are working well.  Very good topwater action early and late in the day using buzzbaits, poppers and Whopper Ploppers.  The upper end still has spawners so use creature type baits in spawning areas 3-12’ deep, hula grubs, baby brushhogs and crawfish.  Grass beds at the Splits and up lake in the North Anna have been producing some great catches.

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 the largest live bait you can find over flats, points and humps in water less than 20 feet. 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: Crappie have spawned and are headed for deeper waters [10 to 20 feet]. Rock ledges, brush piles and bridge pilings will hold catchable fish. 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 temp in the low 70/s