Saltwater – Big Rockfish are being caught in the mid to upper bay, especially inside the Potomac River. Josh Lewis and Tiffany Childress of Lakeside fished out of Coan River Marina and boated 6 Rockfish – 36” – 40” on Chartreuse buckails. Also, a recent Rockfish tournament was won with a 48lber, caught by a Maryland angler. Schoolie Rocks are being caught at the MMBT. Big Red and Black Drum continue to stretch lines at Fishermans Island and Nautilus Shoal. Shortly after sundown has been the best time. Blue crab and clam are great. Flounder fishing seems to improve every day, especially with warm weather. Keeper catches continue to occur from seaside inlets, but also along the HRBT and Cape Charles. The HRBT has been producing Croaker and Spot also. Croaker and Spot catches also continue inside the Rapp and York Rivers. Cobia catches are starting to trickle in from the lower bay. Some have been caught by Drum anglers using cut bait. Poquoson Flats have been excellent for Puppy Drum, and an increasing number of keeper Flounder. Anglers out of Oregon Inlet are enjoying a great bite for Dolphin. Yellowfin Tuna catches are improving daily. Blue Marlin catches are also on the rise. Surf anglers along the outer banks are finding Sea Mullet, Spot and Flounder. The little bridge in Manteo has been giving up Croaker, Flounder, and Spot. Inshore anglers are catching Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and a 75lb Cobia was recently caught.
Freshwater – The Largemouth spawn is still occurring at Anna, the Potomac, and the James and Chick. However, many are targeting post-spawn fish at lakes like Anna and Gaston with good success on topwaters. Martin Villa and Jeff Gibson of Crozet won Anna’s Elite series this past weekend with 18.64lbs. High water conditions in tidal rivers made this past weekend a no-go for many. The Priority Toyota tournament out of Osbourne Landing had to be cancelled. Bluegill and Shellcracker fishing has really taken off lately in area lakes and ponds. Live bait such as worms and crickets are excellent. Crappie have mostly spawned out everywhere and are taking small grubs and minnows cast under docks with deep water, and deep brush piles. Pond Crappie are still responding to insect hatches and can be seen breaking the surface, so casting small baits is usually successful for these conditions.