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McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Forecast

Lake Anna, VA - Lake Anna

 Water temperatures are 85 with
excellent striper and good bass fishing available. Here’s what you can
expect on your next visit.
Guide C.C. McCotter notes the excessive rains of May and early June
keep the lake cool and the fish slightly behind schedule, however
recent 95-degree days have bass, striper and crappie just about where
they should be for this time of the year.
“We had to wait about two weeks for the annual topwater frenzy, but
it eventually arrived in mid-June.

Largemouth Bass - Bass fisherman should enjoy a month of shallow
water topwater fishing in the morning and then worm fishing and
crankbaiting during the day. Target bass mostly in the
lower, up lake region and up lake region. Buzzbaits,
topwater poppers, a dog-walking lure and a soft plastic jerkbait are
good early. Switch over to shaky head worms and medium running
crankbaits during the day. Fish around willow grass early and then
back off and fish rocks, brush piles and channel bends with either
when the sun gets high in the sky.
The Bandit 200 crankbait in white with chartreuse belly has been a
consistent producer on Lake Anna since it was first made. A six to
seven-inch shaky worm like the Berkley Power Shakey worm. in the
green pumpkin or cherryseed colors and a good shaky head like the
Dave’s Tournament Tackle  Screwball Shakey should keep
you busy.
Striper - Striper fishing has been outstanding  with large
schools of fish from the 208 bridge up to the Rose Valley and Stubbs
Bridge regions. Trolling the deep diving Redfin (color CD917) with a
grub or shad dropper tied about three feet off the middle hook eye is
good as is trolling umbrella or multi-arm rigs with about a two-ounce
inline trolling sinker. Vertical jigging a Toothache or Hammer Spoon
is also producing striper now.
Live blue back herring fished on down lines can provide limits in
mere minutes if you find the fish. Fishing 25-34’ flats near the main
river channel is the key. Don’t set your baits too deep or all you’ll
catch are catfish.
Crappie - Crappie fishing is consistent around bridges, brush piles
and rocks in the up lake region. Small minnows on slip bobbers are
your best bet. If you want to target a citation, McCotter suggests
you throw a small, deep diving crankbait like a Norman Deep Little N
around up lake rock piles on a seven-foot spinning rod.

C. C. McCotter



  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





Late May


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.


Late March


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 540 967 3313

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