Saltwater- Trophy Rockfish season opens in the Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributaries on May 1st. Minimum size is 32 in, and a 1 fish per person limit. Flounder catches are increasing on the seaside inlets and creeks of the Eastern Shore. The Wachapreague area has been better. Croaker fishing is also increasing in the bay and rivers, with Ocean View Pier reporting better fishing at night time. The York and James Rivers are getting a lot of attention also. Shrimp and bloodworms have been better. Puppy Drum seem to be scattered all over the bay tributaries such as Mobjack Bay, and the Piankatank river. It’s catch and release only, for Speckled Trout. Rudee Inlet is giving up Puppy Drum and keeper Flounder lately. The offshore scene reports good catches of Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, and Dolphin. Blue-fins nearing 400lbs are still being caught.
Freshwater- Shad are still being caught in the tidal rivers, along with White Perch. Conditions however, are becoming unfavorable from the recent heavy rains. Crappie are being caught better in the larger tidal creeks like Chippokes, and the Chickahominy River. The Chickahominy usually remains clear despite heavy rain, so it will probably receive more pressure in the FLW/ Ray-o-vac series out of Osbourne Landing starting May 1st. Bass fishing has been very good on the lower James and Chick lately. Bass and Crappie fishing on Kerr Lake is very good right now, but it too, is receiving alot of rain, which usually helps the Bass bite. Soft plastics have been better, but spinner baits should not be overlooked. Crappie have been holding to shallow stumps and brush. Anna Stripers have also been biting very well, especially on live bait in the mid to upper regions. Casting swim baits to shallow flats has also been productive. The majority of Bass are spawning or have spawned, so boat docks are a good bet regardless. Congratulations to Virginians Jacob Powroznik and Wayne Vaughn for their first place win on Lake Chickamauga in the Fishers of Men national tournament. They had a 3 day total of 62lbs