Gene Mueller: Chumming begins

In the Chicamuxen Creek, guide Andy Andrzejewski fished with two guests and they hooked more than a dozen bass and two Northern snakeheads. Snakeheads also were caught in the Mattawoman, along with bass.

Occoquan delivers plenty - From Fountainhead Park, ranger Smokey Davis says the grass is up on main-lake points and the mouths of major coves and late-spawning bass have moved into it. Weedless rigged plastic will catch them. The crappies like small minnows under a bobber. Look for blowdowns and beaver dams on the main lake. Popping bug fly-rodders score on bluegills that are just beginning to spawn.

Shenandoah bass are willing - Front Royal’s Dick Fox said the fishing is great for smallmouth bass. The Shenandoah is in great shape, and they are hitting anything you throw.

*Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: gmueller@washingtontimes.com.

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