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KERR RESERVOIR: 185 miles — Catfish, crappies, bass and stripers are possible. It all depends which parts of the lake you spend your time in. One thing is certain: If you see some flooded willow brush, cast a Rage Tail plastic, or a 4-inch lizard or Power Worm to it and hang on. Bass are in these areas. The pre-spawn season is under way.

JAMES RIVER: 115 miles (tidal Richmond and downstream) — It’s mostly blue catfish in the upper tidal parts of the river, although you’ll find a few bass, hickory shad and even young stripers.

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER: 135 miles (Williamsburg area) — Good bass catches have been made up in the portions that used to be known as Helen’s Hide-away. Crappies and some fat white perch are seen on some of the local anglers’ stringers.


SHENANDOAH RIVER: 60 to 85 miles — Front Royal’s Dick Fox doesn’t believe the rains will affect the river or the weekend fishing. “The water is in great shape and will rise only a little,” he said. “It shows a slight stain; the smallmouth bass are biting.” A recent local 5-bass club tournament was won with almost 14 pounds. There also was a 4½ lunker reported.

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles — The feeder creeks deliver largemouth bass and crappies, but even the main-lake rock piles and shallow-to-deep shoreline drops are good for some nice smallmouth bass.

UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles (Route 6 south of Charlottesville to Scottsville) — Weekend anglers will score with grubs, tubes or even flyrod streamers. The water will be in fine shape.


MARYLAND: 153-175 miles — Expect a few tautogs to be caught over the offshore wrecks, even inside the Ocean City inlet, but the overall best variety of fishing has yet to take off.

VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach — Tautogs, sharks, tilefish, maybe a snowy grouper now and then describes the ocean wreck fishing scene, but things are about to break wide open. Flounder will bite along the Eastern Shore, from Chincoteague to Wachapreague, if the sun warms the waters just a bit more.
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