Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report


LATE SEPTEMBER
Gordon and Florence have added much water to the lake but conditions are pretty good.  Stained at the upper end with very little mud.  Naturally we are at full pool with heavy water flow over the dam.  Water temps in the mid to upper 70’s.

Largemouth Bass - Target the up lake region for the best catches. This region offers you plenty of shoreline structure in the form of willow grass lines, rocks, docks and stumps, especially above the first two bridges in both the North Anna arm and Pamunkey Branch. Pitching small plastic worms to docks has been the go-to pattern right now. You might be able to visit the flats in the extreme upper end of both tributaries and some of the smaller tributaries and find bass feeding on threadfin shad as long as the water is not muddy.  The 1/8-oz. Tiger Shad spinnerbait in the Lake Anna Special format is excellent for these skinny water areas as well as retrieved around docks and grass. If you cannot get them to take the spinnerbait, go to the worm and work docks and rocks in grass more thoroughly. Mid lake bass are moving to the backs of creeks like Marshall, Pigeon, Mitchell, Sturgeon and Contrary. Each will have fish in them somewhere, it's up to you be there early and leave late to bump into them. A big topwater you can "walk" is also good.

 

Striped Bass - There are fish breaking just about every morning in all three sections of the lake. Have a small topwater you can walk tied on and keep your eyes peeled. (Zara Spooks or Chug Bugs).  Birds are beginning to show, but they are on tiny threadfin, mostly, and not much help yet. Hotspots have been the Stubbs Bridge region, around Sunning Island, the mouth of Sturgeon Creek, the mouth of Duke's Creek and near Dike III. September striper are mostly skinny, however, there are bigger fish to be caught this month, even among the little ones breaking. Be on the water at dawn and dusk and in the striper hunting mode for the best part of the day. You can also venture way up into the upper portions of the lake and use swimbaits for bigger fish feeding on gizzard shad in shallow water. Bigger fish will begin to bite better by the end of the month when water temperatures stabilize.

 

Crappie - We went from poor to good very quickly here as the specks responded to cooler water. Just about all of the docks in the upper Pamunkey are worth trying as long as they have 10' of water on them. Slip bobbers and minnows set at 5-8' are deadly. You can also use six-pound test and a one-inch jig under and around docks. The up lake bridges are good now, too. 

 

This report furnished by McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service

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 Early Hot September

   STRIPERS:  The hot weather has broken up the schools, sent the fish deep and holding in cooler waters.   They are not very active and will not chase baits.  Anglers have to get their baits right in front of them.   Troll Redfins, Manns, and XPS  or jigging spoons are producing some fish.  Also downline live bait.   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.
   BASS : The bass are still 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. 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.

Water temps upper 80’s

 

Thanks

Carlos


AUGUST
 

   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 are trolling deep diving Redfins, DD-22’s and Manns Stretch 20.  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 the best catches have been and will continue to come on live bait. Stripers are feeding heavily on Herring when they are schooled and it is not uncommon to take a couple hundred hit’s a morning fishing Herring on downlines. When the fish feed shallower Gizzard Shad pulled behind Water Bugz planner boards will produce the larger fish this month. When the dog days of August prove challenging to artificial bait fisherman switching over to live bait usually puts fish in the boat.
   BASS : The bass are still 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 in 22' of water [208 bridge], on 20' 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. Towards the later part of the month the Bass can be caught in the back of the creeks on humps, roadbeds, rocks and ledges and the fish will move extremely shallow up the rivers and uplake creeks. Small shallow running crankbaits worked near stumps next to the shallow channels will put nice fish in the boat. 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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JULY

 
 
   STRIPERS:  Summer patterns  continue  with plenty of schools roaming the main lake regions.  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, umbrella rigs, or other trolling baits 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. 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 .
   BASS : The bass are still relating to deeper structures where bait is present still in a summer pattern, however,  with cooler temps this week the fish have been roaming and coming up in the shallows.   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, ledges, and other structures.  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. 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.
Lake temps in the mid to upper 80’s
 
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