Chesapeake Bay – Good keeper sized Rockfish are available throughout the bay and inside the rivers. A consistent bite exist at the HRBT, but fishing at night has been far more productive. The MMBT is holding plenty of fish but it hasn’t been as reliable lately. The CBBT is productive also, along with the JRB, the York River. The lower Potomac River is another consistent producer. Casting grubs, sassy shads, and bucktails are working at the rocks and light lines. Trollers are picking up fish on stretch 20’s tandem rigs and swim shads with in-lie sinkers. The Speckled Trout bite has been hot inside Mobjack Bay and the Poquoson area. Lynnhaven is providing keepers, but not as many big fish. The Elizabeth River is beginning to produce numbers of better fish that it is known for this time of year. Mirr-O-Lures, sea shads, Gulp! baits, ad suspending jerk baits are all yielding good fish. Tautog and Sheepshead are readily available at the CBBT for those who have crabs still. Puppy Drum remain available inside inlets and rivers along with the CBBT structures.
Ocean – Unfavorable conditions have prevailed over the last week, causing many offshore anglers to stay docked. Staying inside Rudee Inlet hasn’t been a bad choice though. Some very nice Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum are being caught inside Rudee. Seabass are back in season now, so hopefully conditions will improve soon. Surf anglers are still finding lots of Puppy Drum, a few Black Drum and Bluefish.
Freshwater – Bottom fishing with cut bait is producing Blue Cats and Rockfish in the tidal rivers like the James, Chick, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey. The Benjamin Harrison Bridge is a good option for Rockfish at night. Casting flukes and swim baits along the light lines, will usually yield keeper fish on any given night. The upper James remains low and very clear. Falling water temps will help, making the fish more active, but the clear water conditions can make the Smallmouth spooky under bright skies and calm conditions. Small lures and live bait can make the difference for success. Lake Chesdin has been giving up some nice Bass lately, mainly on jigs. 21+lbs won the Anna Cup tournament on Sunday the 3rd. Timmy and Jeff Jones were the winners. Stripers are moving shallower as temps fall. Surface lures are excellent search baits for both species. Live bait always shines though. Willow grass beds continue to hold bait, which attracts the Bass, Stripers, and Crappie. Bass and Crappie in area ponds have become more active also. Small top waters and spinner baits have been better for Bass.