COLDWATER- The best fishing right now is on the spring creeks and Jackson tailwater below Gathright Dam. Mossy and Beaver Creeks are fishing well with terrestrial patterns right now, with ants, beetles, and hoppers taking most fish. Now is a time to go get that big brown or rainbow. The Jackson River is fishing well; Prince and Pheasant Tail nymphs being most productive. At times, beetles and sulphur dries are doing well.

WARMWATER- The heat has the largemouth fishing best early and late in the day. The fish will still aggressively take topwater poppers and divers. Panfish fishing continues to be good, especially with popper-dropper rigs. Smallmouth fishing is heating up on the Upper James and the SF Shenandoah. Clawdads and Clouser minnows are accounting for most fish. Popper fishing is turning on fast for river bass.

SALTWATER- Striper fishing has entered typical summer conditions; presentation and accurate fly patterns are key to taking bass in numbers. Trout and Puppy Drum fishing has picked up in the lower bay, Eastern Shore, and Rudee Inlet. Clousers and Half & Halfs are good searching patterns as Mullet and Peanut Bunker are the predominate bait. Seaducers and other crab and shrimp patterns are excellent once the fish are located. Expect a mixed bag of the above fish as well as flounder, croaker, and bluefish as they all eagerly take a well presented fly.




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