Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report


Largemouth Bass - Fair to good fishing when you can find active 
schools, otherwise you'll have to get reacquainted with your shaky worm rig because the crankbait bite is tough. Schooling largemouth can be targeted down lake from the dam up to Dike 1 where ever you find threadfin shad. Dog walking topwaters and soft plastic jerkbaits are best when these conditions present themselves, usually over humps, drop offs and other vertical structure. Mid lake fish will be on shad and herring and take the same lures with a crankbait and multi-arm rig from time to time. Expect some movement into major mid lake creeks like Sturgeon, Contrary, Mitchell, Marshall and Pigeon where you might even be able to catch a few on a Tiger Shad spinnerbait in the afternoons. Up lake fish will be on the crankbait holes (rocks, ledges and brush) but will prefer plastic worms. Keep an eye on the extreme headwaters for big bass on gizzard shad. When this happens, use lipless crankbaits.

Striper - Very good fishing is here for those that like to use lures 
for striper. You can target breaking fish in the morning within a mile either side of the 208 marinas using lures like a Redfin or Super Spook, Jr. Larger fish can be caught below the surface action by vertically jigging Toothache spoons or casting sassy shads or bucktails. There are schools of fish that are staying at or near the bottom in the mid-lake region.  Trolling deep baits is the best for them.  The Bandit Deep will get down to 27’ or deeper and has been very effective catching these fish. Hot zone is mid lake and lower up lake.
Crappie - As soon as the water in the upper Pamunkey Branch and North Anna drops below 80, it's time to hit the docks with casted jigs and minnows on slip bobbers. Fish are on all bridge pilings now, about 15' down.

Lake temps low to mid 80’s
Good luck and see you on the water.

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   STRIPERS:  Summer patterns will continue through this month with plenty of schools roaming the main lake regions of the lake. As soon as the nights begin to cool there will be a bait migration to the backs of the creeks and the Stripers will turn on in very shallow water.  Your depth finder will be the key in locating the schools which are holding primarily over 25 to 35 foot flats. Anglers trolling deep diving Redfins, DD-22 and Bandit Deep are catching plenty of fish. Occasionally in low light times of the day smaller Stripers will chase bait to the surface where top water baits like Spooks, Pencil Poppers and Pop R’s attract vicious strikes. Stripers are moving into the current at the third dike and will also feed on the top water baits well. As the fish move into the backs of creeks swim baits work well especially the Sea Shad and Sassy Shad worked on 3/8 to ½ oz heads. Top water Redfins also will take the larger Stripers waked across the surface.  Still some of the best catches have been on live bait. Stripers are feeding heavily on Herring when they are schooled. When the fish feed shallower Gizzard Shad pulled behind Water Bugz planner boards will produce the larger fish.

   BASS : Fish are relating to deeper structures where bait is present still in a summer pattern. Mainlake points, humps, roadbeds,  brush and rock piles and bridges hold the bass now with numerous techniques catching fish. Deep diving crankbaits are working well along with jigs tipped with worms. Bass are being caught on the top of roadbeds and  ledges in Rose Valley, on top in the mouth of Contrary over schools of small Threadfin Shad,  over the older fish structures that were  put into the lake years ago, and all the uplake  bridges. Marina docks are also holding nice Bass.  Small shallow running crankbaits worked near stumps next to the shallow channels will put nice fish in the boat too. Topwater baits will also catch nice bass in low light times of the day.

   CRAPPIE: Plenty of Crappie holding on all the bridge pilings uplake and on brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water. Very nice Crappie are being caught on docks that have lights on them at night. Uplake the Crappie are moving back up under shallower docks with structure or brush under the docks.

   CATFISH: The Cats love this water temperature and can be caught basically everywhere there is bait present. Work areas less than 25 feet deep and use your favorite bait. Live bait has been producing some larger than normal Catfish fished near the bottom over 25 foot flats.
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   STRIPERS:  Stripers are schooling chasing baits to the surface early in the morning and on cloudy days then sounding to depths of 25 to 35 feet deep making live bait fishing and trolling very effective. Schools can be found from the Splits down to the dam in the main lake regions of the lake.
   Here are a few techniques to catch Stripers. Stripers will be chasing small bait fry to the surface advertising where they are making top water action the key in low light times of the day. Although the smaller Stripers are what you catch on the surface sometimes the larger fish are below the schoolies .  Baits like, topwater Redfins, Zara Spooks, plastic jerkbaits and spoons skipping across the surface will catch the breaking fish. Sea Shads and Sassy Shads may catch some of the suspending Stripers. Trolling can be very productive especially when the sun gets bright and the schools break up. The key to this method is to put your lures at the same depth the fish are holding. Use Manns Stretch 20, Deep Redfins, DD-22's or Bandit Deep.   Another productive way to catch Stripers is to use live bait rigged on downlines presenting the baits at the exact depth that you see them on your Depth Finder. 

   BASS: The Bass are in their summer patterns and are predictable in their feeding habits. Early in the morning it is hard to beat working primary points nearby deep water with topwater baits [Spooks, Chuggars, Prop Baits , etc.]. Many Bass will school in the mouths of creeks on structures especially  humps and ledges where baitfish are present. Once the sun gets bright  Bass will retreat back to the depths using stumps, rock and brush piles, bridge pilings and ledges as cover. Use deep diving crankbaits, Carolina, Texas and Drop Shot rigs to catch these Bass. Throw a huge 9” inch Texas rigged worm into deep cover to catch fish that are pressured with conventional baits.       

    CRAPPIE: Most Crappie have moved to deeper water and are feeding heavily on 2 inch bait fry. Structures in 15 to 30 feet can hold schools and should be fished vertically using your depth finder to keep you on your target. Night fishing can be excellent for Crappie, find deep dock with lights on them for some summertime action.

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STRIPERS:  HOT…Not only has the weather been hot so far this month but the Striper fishing has been hotter than previous years. Stripers have migrated to the mid lake regions and are aggressively feeding on 25 to 40 foot flats gorging themselves on blue back Herring. There are literally hundreds of schools of Stripers roaming the lake now and good electronics are crucial in locating and staying on the schools.  Some good techniques to try now are as follows:
Top water action can be excellent. In the low light times of the day the stripers will bust Spooks, Pencil Poppers and Redfins worked near the deeper banks and over humps. When the Stripers back off to deeper flats Sea Shads, Sassy Shads and Swim Baits counted down to the depth you see fish and retrieved through the schools will work well. Once the fish congregate nearby the bottom jigging spoons and Super Flukes will also catch fish. Trolling is a good option this time of year, the main consideration is to put your baits in the part of the water column where the Stripers are. Deep diving Redfins with a bucktail, Norman DD-22, and Bandit Deep are all great choices for trollers. 
The best way to catch Stripers  is to use live bait;  Herring or minnows rigged on downlines putting the baits in the Stripers face. It is important to get the bait to the exact depth to maximize your catches. Even when you encounter breaking fish downlines worked nearby the fish will usually produce nicer Stripers, the smaller fish working the top part of the water column with the larger fish being underneath them.

BASS: The Bass are post spawn now and have retreated to deeper water to replenish their energy. The Bass will still feed in low light conditions and will hit top water baits with vengeance, a Pop R being a great example. Work these baits with slow rhythmic chuggs giving the Bass time to locate and blow up on the bait. June is a great month to work the old Carolina Rig with Lizzards or your favorite rubber bait, a lot of water can be covered quickly to locate Bass. Swimbaits will also catch very nice Bass this month.

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 this month. 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.

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