CHESAPEAKE BAY – Trophy Rockfish season is still in effect in Va waters. Big fish are still available inside the rivers, especially the James, where we reported a 70lb+ Rockfish caught within the city limits last week. Big fish are being caught inside the Potomac River still. Tandem rigs are quite popular now. Croaker catches are on the rise inside the York River, at the JRB, HRBT, and the Poquoson area. Shrimp and blood worms seem to be working better right now. Increased catches of Speckled Trout are coming from Mobjack Bay, Lynnhaven Inlet, bay-side creeks and inlets of the Eastern Shore, and the Poquoson area. A wide variety of baits are working now, like top water baits, various Gulp! styles, paddle tail swim baits, and live bait. It’s seems to be hit and miss for Flounder right now inside the bay. Lynnhaven Inlet has been good for keepers, but for now, it has been inconsistent.

OCEAN – Big Red Drum dominate the fishing on the seaside of the Eastern Shore, particularly the barrier islands. 50lb+ fish are not unusual. Crab is the preferred bait. Offshore fishing has been good this week, with a lot of Dolphin being caught. 6 Blue Marlin were caught this week, along with some Yellowfin and Wahoo.

FRESH – The James and Chick rivers continue to produce excellent catches of Bass right now. On May 4th, 24+lbs won the Fishers of Men Tx  out of the Rt. 5 bridge on the Chickahominy. Spinner baits, top water baits, and Senkos were very productive. Soft plastic Crawfish pitched to cover is also productive. The many pits along the James will provide good bags of Bass also. Recent rains have raised river levels on the James, Appomattox, and Chickahominy. Check levels before heading out. Flood stage levels are expected on the James for the 9th of May. The upper James will take an even harder hit this weekend, as areas west of Richmond received even more rain. Weights have been down on the Potomac lately, blame the absence of grass in the northern sections near D.C. Snakeheads are abundant however. anglers are encouraged to remove these from wherever they are caught. Area lakes should be a better option, as they many not muddy us as bad. Both spawning and Post-spawn Bass patterns are working in many places. A top water popper is a good choice for both patterns. Dike 3 at Lake Anna has been good for Stripers on big top water baits like pencil popper. Look for spawning Bluegills and Shellcrackers over the next few weeks, making them much more vulnerable to many presentations, but live bait can really shine, especially crickets.

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