Anna Guide Service Fishing Report
Lake Anna, VA -
Substantial amounts of cold winter rain have Lake Anna fishing smaller than it
has in past dry and milder winters. The upper regions are cold and stained to
muddy while the mid and lower regions have accepted fish moving away from less
than desirable water conditions. Water temperatures range from 38 up lake to 55
at Dike III. Here’s what you can expect on your next visit.
Guide C.C. McCotter
notes most of the action for 2014 has so far been from the The Splits region
down to the dam due to runoff and at times, ice. Baitfish have moved into the
mid lake region and the seagulls followed.
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
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
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 Toothache or Hammer spoon can be excellent when the
fish are 35 or deeper and showing up on your depth finder.
There is some news about annual striper
stockings worth noting. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries will
half the amount of striper stocked this year into Anna but introduce 96,000
striper/white bass hybrids as part of an experimental stocking.
Fishing Lake Anna in December
Fish are schooling and Gulls are advertising where the Stripers are feeding.
Typically most fish are in the main lake up to the splits and first bridges.
Pretty far north for this time of year. The fish are feeding better as the sun
warms the water up so fishing in the afternoons has been more productive.
Smaller baits work well now. Small swimbaits like Sea Shads, ¼ oz. Road Runners,
½ to ¾ oz. spoons and smaller top water baits cast on light line will catch
Stripers. Live bait fisherman are catching fish using all types of bait;
Herring, small Shad or even Jumbo minnows.
BASS: Bass are in their winter patterns now and the big boys are biting!
Concentrate your efforts in the main lake regions of the lake working primary
points, humps, edges of flats and rip rap. The best bait to use is a suspending
Jerk Bait. Black back-foil with an orange belly is a great color to use. The
suspending Roage by Smithwick is a great producer on the lake but there are many
imitators that will catch the big Bass as well. Small swimbaits and spoons will
catch Bass too, as will jig and worms. Bill Naron caught a 8.5 and 7.0 lber on
the same day.
CRAPPIE: The fish have moved deep and will stay there for the next few months.
Fish 10 to 20 feet up lake and 20 to 30 feet mid lake. Breaks with rocks on them
hold schools of Crappie as well as most bridges. Combine breaks, rocks and a
primary point and you have the recipe for a cooler of Slabs. Small jigs, spoons,
and minnows fished vertically over the fish will get the best results.
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McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Report
Lake Anna, VA - The lake temperature has dropped into the mid to lower 50's and
the striper have met the baitfish in the upper sections of the lake. Bass and
crappie are also feeding well in the mid and upper sections of the lake. Here's
what to expect for your next visit.
Striper - The weekend of November 16 marked the start of the annual striper
feed. Many fish are being caught in the upper parts of the North Anna and
Pamunkey Branches by anglers using live herring on free lines or side planers
and those casting soft plastic swimbaits. Fish where you see birds or swirls.
This will be the pattern for the next 30 days. Cloudy days are best and action
can last for hours rather than minutes on such occasions. Other areas to check
include between the 208 bridge and The Splits and Contrary Creek. Vertical
jigging a Toothache spoon can be excellent when the sun is high and the fish
move deep in this region.
Largemouth - Suspending jerkbaits, multi-arm rigs, shakey head worms and
Toothache spoons will catch you bass all over the lake. Use the worms on docks
in the down and mid lake region. The suspending jerkbaits and multi-arm rigs are
good mid lake and up lake. Fish are still on shallow structure down and mid
lake, but leaving the banks and starting to hold on rocks, ledges and brushpiles
up lake and chasing shad when the opportunity presents itself.
Crappie - Excellent fishing for some of the year's biggest fish now. Fish bridge
pilings, rocks, docks and brush in the up lake section casting 2" jigs and/or
minnows presented on slip bobbers.
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STRIPERS: The fish are turning on strong with the gulls exposing the
numerous schools of Stripers. The fish are schooled 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.
McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Forecast/Report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lake Anna, Va. - With water temperatures in the mid to upper 60s throughout the
lake and dropping we are poised to enter the next phase of annual fishing
patterns here on Lake Anna. Once the water drops into the 60s you see a lot of
fish movement. There will be vast areas of no fish and small areas of big
schools of fish. You'll have to pay close attention to find these "Hot Zones"
and you when you find them, the fishing can be excellent!
Striper - Striper are moving into the upper portion of the lake to feed on
massive schools of threadfin shad. The "Hot Zone" will soon be
above the second bridges in both branches. Currently, however, the schools are
from The Splits up to the first two bridges, and around the power plant. We are
catching keepers on Toothache spoons under breaking smaller fish that will take
a variety of small, plastic swimbaits. Multi-arm rigs with 3" baits are working
well now, too.
Largemouth Bass - Largemouth bass are less prone to be caught in the shallows
when the water drops into the 60's, though they will be feeding heartily in the
shallows for part of the day - usually in the mid afternoons. The backs of mid
lake creeks often hold herring then and the bass school up and corral them for a
buffet style smashing. You can also catch fish in the upper, flats sections of
the lake using baits that allow you to cover a lot of water like a spinnerbait
or lipless crankbait. The biggest limits/catches come when you slow down and
pitch creature baits or jigs to willow grass lines in the upper portions of the
North Anna and Pamunkey Branch. Currently, you can consistently catch bass
pitching worms and creature baits to docks in the mid and up lake regions and
along willow grass lines in the upper sections.
Crappie - Crappie have been on docks, shallow brush piles and rocks in the upper
section of the lake since late last month. The average size will get larger and
the fish will slowly move toward deeper and deeper holding areas, including
bridge pilings until the water falls into the low 50s when they will begin to
school off shore and follow threadfin schools.
Report furnished by McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service