Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report

   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    540-967-3313

Jim Hemby
Lake Anna Striper Guide Service  540 967 3313