CHESAPEAKE BAY- The Speckled Trout bite continues to improve throughout the bay as daylight lengthens. The Elizabeth River is still holding good Trout, along with Puppy Drum. There have been other areas producing Trout over the last few weeks. Mobjack Bay usually comes to mind when considering Speck fishing. Some notable catches have been made there lately. A few 26-30 in. fish have been reported. The Rappahannock River and its tributaries have also produced some big fish lately. As more anglers target , Trout are being caught on a bigger variety of baits. Gulp! Baits in particular, are coming into play. Big live bait is another option now being used. Mirr-o-lures are still producing, but this bite is starting to decrease as water temperatures rise. Flounder catches are beginning to increase now, as mud minnows are becoming more active, stirring up the Flounder. Remember, this years regs are 16 inch minimum, and a 4 fish limit. Flounder are usually caught shallower this time of year. Rockfish are making their spawning runs up the tidal rivers now, but they must be released right away.
OCEAN- Huge catches of Tautog are taking place right now on offshore structures. Fish up to 17lbs. have been caught recently. The seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore are attracting some attention as Flounder become more active. The area of Oyster on the Eastern Shore is a popular early seasons hot spot. Bluefin Tuna catches are increasing also. If you’re heading out to Ches. Light Tower, beware of pesky Dogfish. Bluefish are hanging around also.
FRESH- Shad fishing is on many anglers minds right now. Catch rates increase daily. Darts, spoons, and shad flies are the most common offerings. Productive colors change almost daily. American Shad and Herring cannot be possessed. With an increased amount of bait present, remarkable catches of Bass have been made The first Priority Toyota Bass Tournament was March 30 and it took 24+ lbs to win. Alabama rigs dominated for big Bass, as 3 fish over 8lbs were weighed in! Anglers also reported catching Bass on spinner-baits and jerk-baits. The Shad and Herring run has also increased the catches of big catfish. 80+ lb fish were caught this week. Crappie are another species in high gear on the James right now. The James is definitely the place to be in early April. 22 lbs won the LAPR Bass Tx on the Potomac River on March 30. Typically, lipless cranks, Chatterbaits and jigs dominate this time of year. Alabama rigs are tough to beat on area lakes right now, as long as the water is clear. Pre-spawn patterns prevail as secondary points, shallow channel edges, and boat docks are holding Bass. Crappie are moving shallower to beaver huts, stumps, and shallow boats docks. Mid-depth brush piles will still hold Crappie as well as Bass Target shallow flats for feeding Stripers in uplake areas of Lake Anna. Live Shad and Herring on side planers along the banks are good now also. Area ponds have turned on very nicely. Top choices for Bass are spinner baits, Jigs, and jerk baits. The mid-day hours can often be more productive.