Saltwater – Trophy Rockfish are available for those targeting them. Most of the better catches are coming from the Potomac River near the entrance to the bay. Puppy Drum continue to provide an excellent bite throughout the bay, but most reports are coming from Poquoson Flats, Lynnhaven Inlet, and Mobjack Bay. The Red and Black Drum bite is still strong at Nautilus Shoal, the 9 foot shoal, and Fisherman’s Island. Live crab is best for the Reds, and clam seems better for the Blacks. Another big fish species invading the bay now is the Cobia. Catches have been on the small side, but this will change soon. Sight casters targeting Cobia are finding more Reds. Inside the Rapp, York, and James is best for Croaker right now, but Buckroe and Ocean View Piers are reporting them also. Shrimp and squid have been best. The bay Flounder bite inches along, but will continue to increase as warm weather settles in. Lower bay reefs, the CBBT, and Lynnhaven Inlet are giving up keeper Flounder. Spadefish have started to appear at Chesapeake Light Tower, but hook and line anglers have to compete with spear fishermen. Also available now are Seabass. These very tasty fish are available to bottom anglers using a wide variety of bait such as crab, squid/minnow combos. Other species available while targeting Seabass are Tilefish, Grouper, and Rosefish, to name a few. The Dolphin and Yellowfin Tuna bite is still very good for the offshore anglers. Wahoo are starting to appear also. Look for Sea Mullet, Spot, Flounder, and Bluefish while surf fishing the outer banks.
Freshwater – Tidal rivers are offering a very good Bass fishery currently. The James and Chickahominy have been excellent. Topwater baits, soft plastics and shallow cranks are consistent. This is an excellent time for giant Blue Cats on our tidal rivers also. Fresh bait is by far better than frozen. The upper James is calming down finally and should return to excellent Smallmouth fishing. Now is the time for Top water action. The end of May and early June has always been “game on”. Post-spawn patterns prevail in area lakes like Anna, Gaston, and Kerr. Spooks and flukes have been outstanding, especially for schooling fish. Excellent Sunfish opportunities exist right now, as many are still spawning in area lakes and ponds. This action can be fast and furious, which can even be hard for the kids to keep up. Bass will also invade these beds looking for food, so keep a heavier rod ready.