Saltwater- Tautog fishing is in full swing at the CBBT, and ocean wrecks. Fiddler crabs are the preferred bait for these structure oriented fish. Take advantage of this fishery while you can as the season closes May 1st. Puppy Drum continue to spread out through the bay in areas like Mobjack Bay, the Elizabeth River, Lynnhaven Inlet, and Rudee Inlet. Flounder catches continue to increase, but is still slow for now. Most catches are coming from the seaside shallows of the Eastern Shore. There have been a few reports of keepers from Rudee Inlet. Croaker have started to show up at Ocean View Pier and inside the York River. Shrimp and bloodworms have been better. Look for the Black and Red Drum to show up soon in the surf of the Eastern Shore.
Freshwater- The shad bite is still thriving in the tidal rivers, especially the James. Double dart rigs have been better lately, but spoons will still out-produce darts some days. White Perch are still being caught on the lower James on cut bait and bloodworms. White Perch make excellent bait for Catfish and Rockfish. However, Rockfish must be released for now. 21+ lbs won the April 19th Priority Bass Tournament on the lower James out of Osbourne Landing. Weights are improving on the Potomac River now as John Doyle of Spotsylvania weighed in a 19lb + limit this past week. Local lakes like Anna, Gaston, and Sandy River have Bass spawning. Kerr Bass seem to be a little behind, as anglers report catching Bass from the first drop outside the bushes. Crappie are holding tight to stumps and docks in 2-6 ft. of water. Local ponds have Bass spawning also, and Bluegills have become more active as they prepare to spawn next.