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 »
BAY- The Flounder bite is red hot throughout the bay right now. Anglers are catching them at Buoy 42, The Cell, Back River Reef, the islands and pilings of the CBBT, and many other places. Traditional Flounder rigs with strip baits, live bait rigs, and jigs adorned with Gulp! baits or strip bait are all effective. We haven’t heard of many trophy sized fish, but many nice sized fish are being had daily. Spadefish are quite numerous at the Cell, as are anglers targeting them. Reports of 100 fish days … Read More »
BAY- Being the biggest source of cover/structure in the bay, the CBBT draws many species of fish and angling opportunities. One never knows what they might catch while targeting a certain species. Perhaps one of the biggest drawing cards is Flounder. Excellent catches of flatfish continue to come from here on jigs, rigs w/ strip baits, and live bait rigs. We haven’t heard of any monsters lately, but fish up to 6 lbs are a common occurrence. Other areas in the lower bay are giving up quality fish also. Back … Read More »
Coldwater: With the cold temperatures, the best trout fishing is on the
stocked waters. South River, Beaver Creek, and the Jackson River are all
good options. Get deep with nymphs is essential for these fish. Our best
fish have come on the Jigged PT and Prince nymphs. Buggers, Hare’s Ear
nymphs, and Green Weenies have also been good.
Warmwater: Chain pickerel fishing just gets better with the cold
temperatures. Flash flies, Krystal Buggers and Todd’s Wiggle Minnows have
all been taking fish. Good local fisheries for these feisty pike include
the Chickahominy and Swift Creek Lake.
Saltwater: The abundance … Read More »