Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report

FEBRUARY
 
McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Report
   Guide C.C. McCotter notes most of the action for 2018 has so far been from the The Splits region down to the dam due to the cold and at times, ice. Baitfish have moved into the mid lake region and the seagulls followed.
 
 For largemouth, McCotter suggests you tie on several suspending jerkbaits that run at different depths and start snapping them in the first thirds of creeks like Sturgeon, Boggs and Dukes. Points at the mouths of main lake coves are worth fishing as well.  If the jerkbaits don’t produce, it’s time to use a swimbait or multi-arm rig. Still not getting bit? Slow down with football jigs and shaky head worms and target deeper natural structure like rocks. Vertically jigged spoons can also be good at the mouths of main lake creeks in 30+ feet of water. Hot zones should be within a half-mile of the power plant, the Duke’s Creek region and the Dike III vicinity.
  Striper fishing slowed way down last month as the weather, holidays and fish movements slowed angler efforts. This month you can expect to find schools in front of the 208 marinas up to The Splits region, Sturgeon Creek, Duke’s Creek and Dike III.  This is time to use soft plastic jerkbaits on jig heads and retrieve them along the bottom of long main lake points when you see no sign of fish. When you find stripers on bait in main lake coves/pockets switch over to a hard plastic jerkbait or a multi-arm rig. Vertically jigging a spoon can be excellent when the fish are deep and showing up on your depth finder.
  
 
NOVEMBER
 
 
   November is a transition month with all species of fish feeding well fating themselves up for the winter months ahead. November brings some of the best fishing of the year and fisherman can pattern fish easily this month with a little understanding of the fishes movements. November weather fluctuates from cold nights to warm afternoons, warm spells to cold fronts and the fish move and feed with the weather. When the temperatures are warming fish move up onto the flats, points, heat absorbing clay banks and rocky structures feeding aggressively and conversely when the cold fronts hit the fish follow the bait right back to the first breaks in deeper water nearby their feeding areas and still feed but their strike zone is much smaller. Use larger baits in warming trends covering large areas of water quickly and when  the fish pull back to the break lines slow down and downsize your offerings. Fishing this month is usually more productive in the afternoons once the water has warmed a little.  The lake is in great shape, however, it is about 30’ low. Water temperatures are higher than normal (mid 60’s) but are dropping fast, .
 
   STRIPERS: In the current it is hard to beat the Pencil Popper worked on the surface. When the fish sound  convert to swim baits and spoons to catch the Stripers (sassy shads, Sea Shads, Wahoo spoon). There are nice schools working the mouths of Sturgeons, power plant and 208 bridge.  The Stripers are also 74schooled well around the splits chasing bait to the surface in low light conditions and schooling deeper in the 20 to 30 foot flats during the day. Run live bait on down lines or jig Spoons and flukes at the depth you see the arches on your depth finder to catch these Stripers. The fish want to fatten up and will attack the larger baits driving the shad up to the surface with explosive strikes.
 
   BASS: By far the best way to locate Bass is to start in the backs of the creeks going as far as you dare then finding the slightest channel depression and working it back out targeting stumps, rocks or humps nearby the channel. Shallow running crank baits and spinner baits covering water quickly keying on areas where bait is present will get the job done. If the fish will not cooperate in the back of the creeks and rivers go directly to the mouths of the creeks working primary points and flats working deeper diving Crankbaits and especially Jerkbaits as the water cools. Bass also will hold on docks.

   CRAPPIE: The Crappie are also moving with the weather conditions.  On warming trends they are moving up on the points with brush on them in 5 to 10 feet of water, on colder days the larger slabs can be caught on the deeper drops on primary points with structure [boulders or brush] on them. They will also move to the bridge pilings in the colder spells and congregate in large numbers.  The nicer Crappie are feeding on 3  inch Threadfin Shad so try larger baits.
This fishing report furnished by Jim Hemby of LAKE ANNA STRIPER GUIDE SERVICE
www.JimHemby.com    540-967-3313    Jim_Hemby@hotmail.com
 



Jim Hemby
Lake Anna Striper Guide Service
www.JimHemby.com  540 967 3313