CHESAPEAKE BAY – Folks continue to enjoy a strong Croaker bite throughout the bay. The York River may be receiving the most pressure, but it is still very reliable. The Rappahannock is a good option also, as more reports of Spot are coming from the Rapp. Lower bay piers like Buckroe and Ocean View have also been good for Croaker and Spot. Shrimp, blood worms, squid, and artificial blood worms are all producing. Mobjack Bay is coming on strong for Speckled Trout, and the Puppy Drum are also plentiful inside Mobjack. The James, Piankatank, and Lynnhaven Inlet are strong producers of pups also. Good lures for both species are Gulp! baits, Bass Assassin Sea Shads, and Top water baits. Flounder action is still slow to stabilize. Conditions haven’t been favorable lately. However a few decent fish are being caught at the CBBT, Gwynns Island, and Lynnhaven Inlet. Red and Black Drum are good alternatives for big fish for those awaiting the Cobia bite. The shoals near the Eastern Shore are the best producers, and crab remains as the best offering, with clam being second best. Rockfish are still an option inside the rivers and lower bay. The HRBT has been good for Rockfish lately.
OCEAN – Spade fish have showed up at Ches. Light Tower recently, but they are still a bit skittish. Cobia fishing is hot down in Nags Head and Hatteras. Many anglers are not waiting for them to migrate here, and choose to target them there in Carolina. Offshore boats are experiencing an excellent Yellowfin Tuna bite. Dolphin, White Marlin, and Blue Marlin are also biting good despite the rough conditions. At the Outer Banks Pier, the Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead have showed up.
FRESH – Headlines were made over the last week by Caleb Newton and Phil Wilcox, both of Spotsylvania, for catching a 17lb 6oz Northern Snakehead from the Potomac River. This should qualify for a new world record! Grass patterns have emerged for Bass on the Potomac. Weedless frogs are often thrown first by tournament anglers. Pitched and flipped soft plastics like craws and Senkos also get the nod among Bass anglers. The lower James and Chickahominy Rivers are fishing excellent, as anglers from all over the country prepare for the Northern Open on June 13-15. Many agree that the James is fishing better than it ever has. All of Va’s tidal rivers continue to produce impressive catches of Blue Cats, as they begin to settle into summer patterns. Fresh cut Shad and Eels are typically best. The upper James is a good destination for Smallmouth and Flatheads. The river levels are ideal currently, making many presentations productive. Top water baits, crank baits and 4” grubs are a few productive baits. Live Herring and Shad are consistently taking Stripers at Lake Anna. Folks are also finding them by trolling deep Red fins and Norman DD-22’s. the mid-lake sections have been best. The Top water bite will remain strong for Bass, sometimes all day, but mostly early and late during low light conditions. Many are targeting Panfish, such as Bluegills and Shellcrackers, in area lakes and ponds. Live crickets can be especially deadly on these fish. The new moon occurs on June 8th, so the next 2 weeks should be peak for the spawning Sunfish.