McCotter's Lake 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, while the mid and lower regions have accepted fish moving away from less than desirable water conditions. Water temperatures range from low 40’s to low 50’s at Dike III. Here’s what you can expect on your next visit.
Most of the action so far this year has been from the The Splits region down to the dam due to runoff and clearer water. Baitfish have moved into the mid lake region and the seagulls followed.
For largemouth, 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 well.
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 vicinity.
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 HighPoint Marina 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 spoon can be excellent when the fish are deeper and showing up on your depth finder.