MARYLAND: 45-75 miles (…) — Christy Henderson from Buzz’s Marina on St. Jerome’s Creek in St. Mary’s County (www.buzzsmarina.com) said, “Trollers seem to be doing best with bluefish, some pushing seven pounds. We have seen them from the fishing reef in front of St. Jerome”s Creek to the Point No Point lighthouse. This area has a lot of small blues with rockfish mixed in. The larger ones are along the ledge from buoy 72 down to buoy 70, the Southwest Middlegrounds and the oyster sanctuary east of buoy 72. Spanish mackerel are caught in the same locations as the blues. The croaker action is still good during the day but much better at night. They range from 16 to 18 inches.” From the Tackle Box in Lexington Park, Ken Lamb reports that flounder are thick in the Kedges Straits and adjacent Tangier Sound, in the Honga River and on the edge of the ship channel near buoys 74 and 76. The middle and upper bay parts above the Bay Bridges deliver fine catches of breaking blues and stripers, many of them small. Small, trolled silver spoons on light inline weights can bring delicious Spanish mackerel.
VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles (…) — From the Northern Neck, charter fishing captain Billy Pipkin (www.captbillyscharters.com) says trolling for bluefish, rockfish and Spanish mackerel has heated up from outside Windmill Point at the Rappahannock River mouth up to the Great Wicomico in the Northern Neck. The mouth of the Rappahannock River up to the bridge has been holding a mix of croaker, spot and small trout. In the lower bay, Ken Neill reports, “Spanish mackerel are being caught from York Spit Light on out to the ocean. Good catches have been made at Cape Henry this week. Flounder fishing is good or bad depending on which day you fish. Good catches are being made at the Cell, Back River Reef, along the structure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the Cape Henry Wreck.”
AREA 4: EASTERN SHORE/MD.
POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles (..) — (From Snow Hill down to Shad Landing) Poor catches of bass again this week. Rain and cooler weather are desperately needed.
NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles (..) — (Sharptown ramp off Route 313 or use the Marshyhope Creek ramp outside of Federalsburg) It’s slow going for bass, but some are hooked in sunken trees with soft plastics.
AREA 5: CENTRAL VIRGINIA
LAKE ANNA: 82 miles (…) — (Route 208, Spotsylvania County) Some decent catches of bass are made in deep dropoffs with soft plastic worms or creature baits, such as Berkley’s Beast. Topwater poppers can score in shallow water before the sun warms the water.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles (…) The upper river is low, slow and warm. Fish deeper holes below large river rocks for the best smallmouth catches. Downstream of Fredericksburg, largemouth bass are in sunken shore wood, and plastic worms will get them.
LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles (..) — (Route 793, off Route 29) Deepwater brush will give up crappies, but only a smattering of bass has been cooperating.
LAKE ORANGE: 75 miles (..) — (Concessionaire: 540/672-3997; look for left turn sign on Route 20 before entering town of Orange) Catfish, bluegills, crappies and bass — in that order. Overall catches are way down, though.
LAKE GASTON: 179 miles (…) — (Route 46, Gasburg) Lake expert Marty Magone says, “It seems like all the good bass reports come from upriver, where grassbeds and baitfish are plentiful. Down-lake, fishermen are still concentrating on dock patterns and bridge rip rap. The topwater bite has picked up above I-85 bridge with pickerel and bass competing for your lures.”
KERR RESERVOIR: 185 miles (…) — (Route 58, Clarksville) Boat docks, bridge abutments and brush piles hold the crappies. The topwater bite for largemouth bass has been good at first light of day.
JAMES RIVER: 115 miles (..) — (Tidal Richmond area and downstream) Big blue catfish are possible, but bites come few and far between during daylight.
CHICKAHOMINY RIVER: 135 miles (..) — (Williamsburg area) Catfish are hooked, including some of more than 40 pounds. Bass catches are slow, but a few hefty specimens are seen.
AREA 6: WESTERN VIRGINIA