BAY – We are hearing about good catches of Speckled Trout in places other than the Elizabeth River. The Rappahannock River and Mobjack Bay are reportedly giving up nice trout. Mirro Lures continue to catch the majority of fish, including Rockfish and Puppy Drum. Rockfish up to 44inches have been reported being caught on Speck gear. The new Flounder regs are a 16inch minimum and a 4 fish limit.
OCEAN – When weather conditions allow, deep dropping for Tilefish, Grouper, and Rosefish offers steady action for excellent table fare. Seabass can also be encountered, but must be released for now. Tautog are readily available on wrecks and other structures. Crab, if you can get it, is best, but shrimp and clam are good alternatives.
FRESH – The tidal rivers are offering the most variety of opportunities to anglers. Ring Perch are being caught more consistently and in different places. The Chick has seen the most action, probably due to more pressure. The Potomac, Pamunkey, Mattaponi, and Rappahannock are all producing increased catches of Perch. The Chick and James have been excellent for Bass and Crappie. On the Chick, 21+lbs won a recent Bass Tx (5 fish limit) The James produced a winning bag of 5 Bass weighing 18+lbs. The big Blue Cats also continue to provide steady action. However, this week’s snow and rain will probably change conditions on the rivers, especially the upper James, where the Smallmouth have been averaging bigger. Numerous fish over 4 pounds were caught last week. Check river levels before heading to them. Lake Anna produced a 24+pound bag of Bass over the weekend. Early March often produces big bags, as Bass begin to migrate to the shallows to warm up and feed. Jerk baits, jigs, and crank baits are most often used. Alabama rigs can also be a good option this month. Bass have been hit or miss at Gaston and Kerr. However, one report stated a 19 pound bag of Bass won a recent Tx on Kerr. Local small lakes and ponds produced some nice Bass and Crappie this week also. Swift Creek Reservoir is a great place for Bass, Crappie, and Chain Pickerel.