Saltwater – Mother Nature continues to keep us guessing with her unpredictable patterns. The Speckled Trout seem to remain predictable in the Elizabeth River however. Some very impressive catches are occurring at night, especially around the Hot Ditch area. Redfish are also quite active inside the Elizabeth River. Rockfish are making their spawning runs up the rivers, but the ocean Rockfish season remains open until the end of March for recreational anglers. Tautog fishing has been hit or miss lately, but soon, hopefully, the bay will warm and attract these fish to bay structures in bigger numbers. Bluefin Tuna area a good option now, when conditions allow chasing them. On Saturday 22nd, a 400lber and a 90lber were weighed in at Oregon Inlet. Deep dropping is another good option when conditions allow.
Freshwater – Many are anticipating some stable warm weather to ignite the Shad bite within the city limits of Richmond. Shad are indeed being caught but we are a little ways from the peak, which usually occurs around the 10th of April. Darts, spoons, and shad flies are the tickets for this annual event on tidal rivers. White Perch are also being caught, but have yet to peak. Bloodworms, night crawlers, and cut bait all work well for the Perch. Rockfish are being caught in the James and Chick currently, but must be released for now.21+lbs won the first Priority Toyota Bass Tournament out of Osbourne Landing on the 22nd. Josh Wagy and Gerald Hefler were the winners. The team of Studer and Adams won the big fish award with a 7.90lb lunker. Catches are increasing in the areas close to Richmond as they follow the shad and Perch. Marina areas and docks are holding Crappie in the James and Chick. The upper James is looking good as of now for both Smallmouth and Largemouth. Crawfish crank baits and spinner baits seem to be better right now. Lake anglers are finding temps in the 45-50° range at Anna, Gaston, and Kerr. Reports from Gaston and Kerr are stained to muddy conditions. Kerr elevation is 301.64. Ponds have been providing steady action for both Bass and Crappie.