Saltwater – Tautog remain as a reliable option to target on ocean wrecks and structures. Some very large Togs have been caught this week and should improve throughout the month. Fly anglers and conventional anglers are enjoying opportunities for multiple species inside the Elizabeth River. Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum are being caught now. Tyler Bruce of Mechanicsville recently caught Redfish up to 28” and Black Drum up to 10 pounds. The Speckled Trout must be released for now. Another reliable option now is deep dropping for Tilefish, Grouper, and Rosefish.
Freshwater – Reports of shad being caught within the city limits are starting to come in! Reports of Rockfish from the James and Chickahominy are also coming in now. Rockfish catches have been especially good on Alabama style rigs. The Tidal rivers are also giving up Yellow Perch, Crappie, Bass, and Blue Cats. All species become ignited when the Shad and Herring begin to show up, especially Rockfish, Bass, and Catfish. The upper James has a slight stain currently and is at 6.6ft at the Westham gauge. Barring any significant rain, this weekend shows promise. Longer daylight hours are causing shallow movements for longer periods of time from all species. Red day banks combined with rocks hold greater heat, attracting both baitfish and gamefish. Lip-less cranks become extremely effective on these areas. Crappie are moving to shallow docks on Anna and Gaston. Crappie have ignited in local ponds also. Bryan Henderson of Varina recently landed a 15 inch Crappie from an area pond. Bass in area ponds are responding to jigs, spinner baits, and lipless cranks.