Chesapeake Bay- Redfish and Speckled Trout are the most active fish being caught within the bay currently. Most of these fish are coming from within the Elizabeth River. Tyler Bruce of Henrico just recently caught Specks up to 26 inches on fly tackle. Rockfish and a few Black Drum are also being caught from inside the Elizabeth river. The Tautog action slowed just a little this week, probably due to the lack of anglers venturing out. Look for this bite to improve towards the end of the month as the bay warms and attracts more fish. Deep dropping for Tilefish, Grouper, and Rosefish is still a good cooler filling option. Folks fishing out of Oregon Inlet are catching some giant Bluefin Tuna. Fish up to 570 pounds have been boated over the last week.
Freshwater- Shad are beginning to be caught from the lower James near Richmond. This is a catalyst for other migratory and non migratory fish of the tidal rivers. The Rockfish are initiating their spawning runs as well, feeding on the Shad and White Perch. The Rockfish must be released for now however. Blue Cats have also increased their feeding habits with all the roaming inhabitants of the rivers. Some impressive catches of Bass have been occuring on both the James and Chickahominy rivers. Sam Mollisse of Midlothian had a good day Sunday with an 8 lber anchoring his catch of quality Bass. Crappie are turned on nicely inside the Chick and James also. The upper James has been unstable lately, but small windows of opportunities appeared which produced some impressive catches of Smallmouth. Most have been caught on Crawfish crank baits. Anglers fishing lakes such as Anna and Gaston report catching quality fish on jerk baits, crank baits, and Alabama rigs while targeting main lake points and secondary points. Crappie and Bass in ponds have been very active lately.