CHESAPEAKE BAY – The second half of the bay Rockfish season opened May 16th. The minimum size is 18” and maximum size is 28”. 2 fish per angler is the limit, however 1 fish kept may be over 32”. Fish over 32” must be reported to the Va. Saltwater Journal. Anglers continue to catch Rockfish in all of Va’s tributaries of the bay. The James and York have been especially good and the Potomac is also a good destination. The Potomac adheres to Maryland regulations. Speckled Trout anglers are having … Read More »
BAY – Croaker have arrived inside the bay and some of the tributaries. Buckroe Beach Pier is reporting an increasing bite, the James River Bridge area has also been good. Some Green Top customers have reported some inside the York River. Bloodworms, Squid, and Shrimp are all working. More anglers are targeting Flounder inside the bay also. The HRBT area is good currently, and inlets like Lynnhaven and Back River are producing keepers also. The CBBT has reportedly given up a few Flounder lately. Puppy Drum are numerous throughout the … Read More »
The shad bite is good right now with both the air and water temperature rising. The big news this week is that the larger American Shad have been caught reportedly up to 6lbs! This is the time to be on the water to see what it is all about. The James is clearing up to the greenish glacial tint that most anglers like to see this time of year, bringing in the first trickle of White Perch. The Herring are thick in some places, which are going to bring some … Read More »
For the fly angler, spring is almost too good in central Virginia.
With so many excellent fishing options, time available to spend on the water is the only constraint. In the interest of brevity, I will stick to the fishing right around my home in Richmond.
The real jump start to the season is always the annual Shad run on the James. Starting in March, deep sinking lines and bright flies can take these fish downstream of Ancarrow’s Landing. As the temperatures warm, and the fish move up to the 14th St … Read More »