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MARYLAND: 45-75 miles () — Unusually good numbers of rockfish can be found in the Chesapeake, from way up in the north around Love Point in the Chester River down to Bloody Point and Eastern Bay, on toward Poplar Island and in 20- to 30-foot-deep waters on either side of the ships channel clear down to the Virginia state line. Croakers are showing up in the usual places, from Middlegrounds to Tangier Sound (where some flounder and small sea trout are hooked) as well as up toward Hooper’s Island Light and the Choptank River mouth.

VIRGINIA: 75-150 miles () — In the Northern Neck waters, expect plenty of throw-back rockfish and increasing numbers of bluefish. Chummers and trollers find plenty of action to keep them busy. Closer to shore around channel ditches and buoys there will be croakers and spot. From the end of the bay, Julie Ball reports, “Cobias in excess of 65 pounds delight chummers off the Rock Pile, Bluefish Rock, York Spit Light and the Latimer Shoals area. The bite is still scattered, but more fish are boated every day. Choose a location near a shoal or shallow pass and fish the bottom with cut bait or free-floating live bait. You may be lucky enough to snag a passing red drum among the fleet of cownose rays.” The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, by the way, offers small bluefish, croakers, sea trout, spadefish and a few flounder.


CHOPTANK RIVER: 120 MILES () — (Route 50 east to Cambridge) The largemouth bass have turned on above Denton and Martinak State Park. Plastic worms and small buzzbaits can turn the trick around spatterdock and blowdowns. There are perch and croakers in varying numbers available from the mouth up toward Cambridge.

POCOMOKE RIVER: 140-170 miles (..) — (From Snow Hill down to Shad Landing) Hot weather and the Pocomoke do not mix well. Bass action has slowed considerably.

NANTICOKE RIVER: 120 miles (..) — (Sharptown ramp off Route 313 or use the Federalsburg ramp on the Marshyhope Creek) No glowing reports of bass catches have come in, but one reader latched on to some decent crappies in the Federalsburg stretch of the Marshyhope Creek.


LAKE ANNA: 82 miles () — (Route 208, Spotsylvania County) Surprising numbers of walleyes are taken in this lake, usually by bass anglers retrieving deep crankbaits. The bass fishing has been pretty good. Some crappies are available in flooded beaver huts.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: 47-100 miles () Upper river smallmouth bass like not only tubes and grubs but also spinners and small jerkbaits. Below Fredericksburg, expect some bass to pick up a 4-inch-long plastic worm around blowdowns and spatterdock edges.

LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles () — (Route 793, off Route 29) The crappie fishing has been good. Bluegills are wild about fly-rod poppers. Bass prefer a 4-inch-long scented Power Worm.

LAKE ORANGE: 75 miles () — (Concessionaire: 540/672-3997; look for left turn sign on Route 20 before entering town of Orange) Catfish are almost guaranteed, but the bass require a little work. Small spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits early in the day are the ticket.

LAKE GASTON: 179 miles () — (Route 46, Gasburg) Lake specialist Marty Magone said, “Grass lines near the flats above Hawtree Creek are producing bass up to five pounds. Spinnerbaits and plastics are the lures of choice. Spinner and nightcrawler rigs can find walleyes up to seven pounds. Drift your baited rig over the submerged islands between Holly Grove and I-85.”

KERR RESERVOIR: 185 miles () — (Route 58, Clarksville) Some decent largemouth bass are taking plastic worms and soft jerkbaits around structures in fairly shallow water. Some stripers and large catfish are hooked.

JAMES RIVER: 115 miles () — (Tidal Richmond area and downstream) The action here is mostly with blue catfish, and that has to be done very early or late in the day. Daytime heat can be brutal.

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER: 135 miles () — (Williamsburg area) Walker’s Dam area is closed. Do not go near the dam. The river, meanwhile, is good for white perch, crappies and bass.

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