Gene Mueller’s Fishing Report

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LAKE BRITTLE: 59 miles – Even if the water gets a little murky, there’ll be bass, sunfish and crappies caught. Remember, the fish in these waters are used to occasional discoloration.

LAKE ORANGE: 75 miles – Bottom baits will find fat catfish, and noisy topwater lures retrieved around standing timber or brush piles might see a bass slam into it. Scented plastic worms do well on the bass, while live minnows draw hits from the crappies.

LAKE GASTON: 179 miles – Marty Magone says any down-lake points hold bass and topwater poppers cast around such spots early in the day will be looked at by the bass. The up-river parts of the lake continue to show female bass with bloody tailes, indicating that some spawning is still under way. The upper lake parts (not far from the Route 1 boat ramp) are good for stripers.

KERR RESERVOIR: 200 miles — Catfish and crappies are the main catches, but some truly good bass fishing can be had when the water clears more in the flooded brush of feeder creeks.

JAMES RIVER: 115 miles – (Tidal Richmond and downstream) No one expects the fishing to be great this weekend. Water conditions aren’t the best.

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER: 135 miles – The upper “Chick” delivers bass, crappies and catfish. Haven’t heard of any great catches in the waters close to the junction with the James.


SHENANDOAH RIVER: 60-85 miles – Front Royal resident and frequent river angler, Dick Fox, said, “As it stands today river is still up several feet and stained. If we do not get a lot of rain this week it will be in great shape for the weekend.” That means the smallmouth bass should be biting eventually.

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles – Feeder creeks will give up bass and crappies. Not many rockfish are hooked in the main lake, but that can change on a minute’s notice.

UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles – Skip it this week. The water is discolored and moving swiftly. Blame heavy rains on that.


MARYLAND: 153-175 miles – The backwaters of Ocean City give up a few flounder, but the fishing should be better. Surf catches from Ocean City down to Assateague Island have included some decent-sized striped bass, even a channelbass now and then. One angler says he was using cut mullet bait and had a small bluefish swallow the offering. Sea bass might be on the menu for offshore wreck fishermen.

VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach – Keeper flounder are available in Virginia Beach’s Rudee Inlet and all the seaside inlets and backwaters of the Eastern Shore. Speckled trout occasionally provide bonus catchers for the flounder drifters. The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reports catches of Taylor bluefish along the ocean front. Dr. Ken Neill wrote, “We ran out for the re-opening of Virginia’s sea bass season on May 22 [and] caught a nice class of sea bass with a number pushing the 5-pound mark. In addition to the sea bass fishing, we did some deeper bottom fishing in the area of the Norfolk Canyon. We had a good day catching five golden tilefish, a pollock, blackbelly rosefish, 12 or so hake, blueline tilefish up to 17 pounds, 5 ounces, and two snowy grouper.”

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