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McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service Fishing Report


Lake Anna, Va. – Get ready for the transition into early summer fishing in the coming weeks as the spawns are finishing up and the feeding frenzy approaching. With surface temperatures near 70 in most places around the lake here’s what you can expect on your next visit.


Largemouth Bass – We’ve had great spring for 20”+ fish. The second spawn is underway mid and up lake with many fish shallow. Up lake is clearing after muddying from 5” of rain so spinnerbaits, soft plastic jerkbaits, topwaters and buzzbaits are effective as sight fishing is still tricky from the first two bridge on up. Mid lake bass are both spawning and finished spawning and the herring spawn has also begun. Sight fishing is possible with small jigs like the Dave’s Tournament Tackle, wacky-rigged worms, lizards and drop shot rigs. You can also target post spawn bass with topwaters and soft plastic jerkbaits. These fish tend to be on main lake points and shorelines where herring spawn at night. Down lake bass are mostly done with spawning and can be targeted with wacky—rigged worms, soft plastic jerkbaits and topwaters.


Striper - Mid and lower up lake regions have turned on as the herring spawn continues. Topwaters (Spooks/Redfins) and soft plastic jerkbaits are good early. Live bait and swimbaits are good as the fish move out of the shallows during the day.


Crappie – Some fish are still spawning in the mid and up lake region. You’ll find them in the willow grass lines in 1-3’ of water. Targeting them from The Splits on up is the best method now. Other regions of the lake have crappie, but they are more scattered and on deeper structure like docks, brush and select beaver huts.

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