AREA 6: WESTERN VIRGINIA
SHENANDOAH RIVER: 75-85 miles (..) — From the Route 340, Front Royal, Luray and Bentonville stretches, river specialist Dick Fox says the fishing hasn’t been great. But from the North Fork, the Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg reports that flyrodders have scored on smallmouth bass and fat sunfish.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles (…) — (Route 122, east of Roanoke) Boathouses and lake points with stumps around them will give up nice stringers of bass. Use shallow crankbaits or plastic worms.
UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles (…) — (Route 6, south of Charlottesville, Scottsville) Small 1/4-ounce crankbaits will be looked at by the smallmouth bass, Daytime heat can be hard on anglers and fish.
AREA 7: ATLANTIC OCEAN
MARYLAND: 153-175 miles (…) — (Route 50 to Ocean City) Offshore possibilities include tunas, sharks and bluefish, while inshore anglers concentrate on snapper blues and rockfish in the Inlet as well as the surf. Flounder fishing has seen better days.
VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach (…) — Virginia Beach’s Ken Neill says amberjacks are available at the southern towers. There are some yellowfin and bluefin tuna available off the coast of Virginia, with offshore action looking promising in coming weeks. The tuna bite is still good to the south, with Oregon Inlet boaters scoring on good numbers of yellowfin and some bigeye tuna. For charter boats, call the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, 757/491-8000.
c Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.