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McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Report/ Forecast Late February

Lake Anna VA.-  As we continue to enjoy a mild winter it’s not to early to think big fish. Lake temps are ranging anywhere from 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Anna’s bass, striper and crappie are active just about every day if you know where to look. Here’s what you can expect on your next visit.

Crappie - As the day warms, the freckles will move closer and closer to the structure. On some warm afternoons, they will move up on it. Structure now is in the form of bridge pilings, deep brush and rock piles. Slip bobbers and small minnows are best until the water breaches 50 degrees. Look for fish to move onto up lake flats when you see small thread fin shad “pipping” on the surface.


Largemouth Bass - Now is a great time to catch a citation bass. Rarely will you catch many but you could catch the fish of a lifetime using certain big fish techniques in historically good areas. Most of the February and early March giants will come from the mid and up lake regions - two very different areas. In the mid lake region, you can target schools of bass on bait in creeks like Pigeon, Mitchell, Marshall and Sturgeon. Use lip less crankbaits, shallow diving suspending jerk baits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits in these areas. The swimbaits are best when the fish are deeper than 10’. In the up lake region, use Dave’s Tournament Tackle spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, medium-running suspending jerk baits  and swimbaits. Later, once the fish move up and stay on willow grass lines you can try pitching a jig and 5" grubs on stand up jigheads. Down lake bass are on docks and can be caught with shakey head worms.

Striper - Fish are moving into the up lake region to feed on big gizzard shad after chasing little threadfins all winter. You’ll find them at the mouths of creeks like Christopher Run, Duck In Hole and Golf Mine in the North Anna River branch and in Plentiful, Terry’s Run and the upper section of the Pamunkey Branch. Cast the suspending jerkbaits, sassy shads and Sea Shads right to the bank. Expect hits throughout the entire retrieve. Large swimbaits can also be fished the same way. Live bait anglers will be pulling gizzard shad on side planers, early and late in the day in the same regions.

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