- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Potomac River guide Andy Andrejewski (301/932-1509) says he’s had good fishing this week as he used shallow-lipped crankbaits and Glamour Shad spinnerbaits for some of his bass and various plastic worms for others.

“The bass are found between the grass, the creek channels and some of the main stem’s ledges,” he says. In the case of deeper water, he’s already working with Mann’s Sting Ray grubs coated with Smelly Jelly, or he’s using deep-diving crankbaits. “More of the bass will move to deeper water when cold weather is here to stay, especially after the grass dies off,” he adds.

In our case, a half-day in the Nanjemoy Creek on Tuesday yielded zilch, nada, nichts — not a fish. Not only that, two of us in the boat had a perfect tide but no matter what lures we threw, the bass didn’t go for them. The same thing held for crappies and perch when we tried small grubs and shad darts under a bobber. It’s enough to drive a man to drink.

In the Patuxent River’s saline stretches, stripers are hooked by trollers from Benedict to St. Leonard’s Creek. The early morning’s outgoing tides have been good. Twenty-inchers are typical, with occasional bigger specimens seen. Trout are few and far between now.

What about Virginia rivers? — In the Chickahominy River near Williamsburg, rockfish are stirring. Some of the river visitors are using Rebel, Redfin and Rapala jerkbaits that are the color of an alewife baitfish (black top, silver belly) to attract fish. The slender, shallow-lipped lures work even when you slowly troll along. Up around Walker’s Dam, live minnows or small jigs produce crappies.

In the tidal James River, the blue catfish are on the feed. Richmond fishermen dropping cut baits into the waters around Dutch Gap and down near the Appomattox River are finding fighting “cats” up to 40 pounds. We’re happy to hear that some anglers are successfully releasing some of those big blue catfish. Way to go, guys.

The Rappahannock River below Fredericksburg has been a stinker, absorbing some muddy waters from above after recent rains. Catfish could be caught, but the bass are playing hard to get.

Big reservoirs deliver — At Virginia’s Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, the landlocked stripers are on a feeding binge. It’s said to be the finest striper fishing in years, with typical weights in the 6- to 10-pound range. Most of these stripers are being caught on live bait, and now and then you might even hook a white bass.

Now add the crappies in Kerr Lake, which is known for some of the best crappie fishing in the U.S. They’re found in brush and alongside rip-raps and trees in less than 10 feet of water. However, the bass fishing has been slow.

At neighboring Lake Gaston, the stripers are biting far less frequently than at Kerr, but crappies are beginning to cooperate, with largemouth bass available in all the creeks, although the bass can be an obstinate lot.

West of Fredericksburg, at Lake Anna, stump fields and brushy areas in the lake are giving up bass. There’s even been a bit of a topwater bite for bass. Remember, some of these bass are moving into the main lake, out of the creeks, taking up residence in big coves and the drops alongside jutting lake points. Jig’n’ craws and jig’n’ pig lure combos can be very effective, as can jigs and grubs of various types. Landlocked rockfish are available, as well as crappies. The crappies like live minnows under a bobber.

Chesapeake Bay good — Ken Lamb of Lexington Park’s Tackle Box says bright sun, easterly winds and constantly changing temperatures should spell disaster for Chesapeake Bay fishing this time of the year, but he bets for the next few days the big rockfish will go crazy looking for food — i.e. fishing lures. The drawback is the current weather forecast that says winds will again be strong. That will keep a lot of boats in the marinas.

Rockfish will hang out up and down the ships channel from the Gas Docks to Smith Point. Umbrella rigs and Daisy Chains in both white and chartreuse will do the job. In the Potomac River, there are some huge rockfish in most of the usual hot spots from Piney Point and Breton Bay down to Blackiston Island

Gray sea trout are gathering in the deep holes in the bay and experienced captains, using heavy jigs, will find trout in up to 90 feet of water. You’ll also find a few rockfish mixed with the trout.

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