Saltwater – A few Flounder are just starting to be caught on the seaside of the Eastern Shore. Water temps are ranging from 50° to 55°. Tautog fishing is on the rise as the fiddler crabs are becoming easier to obtain. Ocean wrecks have still been better than bay structures. Surf fishing along the Outer banks is yielding Puppy Drum and a few big Red Drum. Offshore boats are finding Bluefin Tuna, with fish up to 400lbs caught in the last week. Puppy Drum have started to spread out within the bay.
Freshwater – Shad fishing on the tidal rivers increases every day, especially when river conditions are ideal. Currently the James is still a bit high, Darts, spoons, and flies are what you need. Color preferences can change daily, so be prepared with different color options. The Chickahominy River has been producing a variety of quality fish. Matt Meador of New Kent has been enjoying catching Crappie, Bass, up to 7 ½ lbs, and Rockfish up to 30inches this week. White Perch action remains slow, but should increase as the water conditions become more conducive. Tidal cats remain highly active with the invasion of androgynous species. Large Rockfish are being caught in the tidal rivers, but must be released. Landlocked Stripers are biting well in Anna, Kerr, Gaston, and Smith. Kurt Hammerschmidt of Hanover recently caught and released a 22lb 12oz beauty from Lake Anna. The upper sections of Anna and Kerr have been better lately. Bass are moving shallow and responding well to spinner baits, flukes, and jigs. Swift Creek Reservoir has been especially hot for Bass lately. Crappie are responding very well to small jigs in local ponds.