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McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Forecast
Largemouth Bass - Bass fisherman should enjoy a month of shallow
Now that the new moon has past the rest of the spawn is now pretty much over. Fish are off the beds, but because of the cooler weather they are staying in fairly shallow water gorging themselves with small bait and spawning blue gills. Now is the time to be throwing poppers, buzzbaits or any type insect bait will work. Bass are also chasing faster moving baits such as crankbaits and swimbaits and shakey worms. Duo Shad #59, Paycheck Repo Man, and Mega Bass lures are all working well.
Most of the fish have settled from the power plant up past the splits to the next set of bridges. Fish shallow in low light, deeper in bright light. Most fish will stay in the upper water column 5-12' early then move deeper in the afternoon. Fish have been found as deep as 25' in some areas. Sassy shad, sea shad, toothe-ache spoons, as well as live bait are producing many nice fish. Trolling has also been very effective, using rigs and Cordell Redfins or DD-22.
Their spawn is over too, but bluegill/sunfish spawn is beginning. Live worms and very small poppers will do the trick around boat docks and bulk heads. Crappie are reschooling and moving to deeper structure and bridges. Minnow and 2" grubs will produce some nice slabs.
Water temps in the upper 70’s to low 80’s
The first batch of spawner has finished as the females have pulled off the beds and are feeding heavily, especially from mid lake and down. The males are staying in shallow water protecting the fry. Fish aggressively covering lots of water from 2-10’ deep. Suspending jerkbaits (hard or soft body) and slow sinking Spro swimbaits along with Senkos are working well. Very good topwater action early and late in the day using buzzbaits and poppers. The upper end still has spawners so use creature type baits in spawning areas 3-12’ deep, hula grubs, baby brushhogs and crawfish. Grass beds at the Splits and up lake in the North Anna have been producing some great catches.
Fish are scattered all over the lake, but the best producing areas are from the splits to the bridges. Pull planner boards rigged with the largest live bait you can find over flats, points and humps in water less than 20 feet. As the water warms to above 75* the fish will convert to smaller baits and also retreat to deeper flats where they will school in large numbers. Now is a good time to catch fish on top water (in low light conditions) on lures like Pencil Poppers, Redfins , Spooks and chuggars. Hit main lake points early and late in the day for explosive strikes. Trollers will start to catch more fish as the water warms later in the month.
CRAPPIE: Crappie have spawned and are headed for deeper waters [10 to 20 feet]. Rock ledges, brush piles and bridge pilings will hold catchable fish. Crappie may not be as easy to catch when they were shallow but once you locate them they will be schooled in larger numbers. Traditional small jigs tipped with small tubes and grubs long with small and medium minnows work well.
The upper and lower ends are producing the most fish right now. Spinnerbaits, jigs, and deep suspending jerkbaits seem to be the bait of choice for anglers. Some fish are moving up to warm surface waters and feeding on bait in the afternoons, however because of the colder than normal weather most have been staying deep. Tr y to fish points, flats, and dropoffs 8-15’ deep, don't worry about structure, docks, etc. Big fish and good numbers 4 fish over 5 lbs; 2 over 6 lbs and one 7 lb
Schools all over the lake, but just like the bass the best areas are the upper and ower ends. They are sporadic, but patient anglers are catching fish. You will need to move around a bit as the schools are small and constantly moving. Fish are in all depths, but the best ones are hitting around 8’. Sassy shads, Sea Shads, Tooth Ache spoons and live bait all are producing fish.
This is the time to get out and catch the big ones up to 2 lbs. They've fed and grown all winter and are gorging baits, preparing for the spawn. Schools are still deep, but will move into shallower waters as soon as we get a warm trend. Use 2" grubs, small and meduim minnows 1/8 or 1/4 oz spoons.
Water temps in the upper 40’s to very low 50’s
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