Saltwater- Reports of Red and Black Drum are starting to filter in from the seaside of the Eastern Shore. Good catches of both are also being caught from Hatteras Island, along with big Bluefish. Good Drum catches are also coming from the beaches in Hatteras and Nags Head. Sea Mullet and Blow Toads are being reeled in as well. Tautog fishing has been excellent at the CBBT, Cape Henry, and ocean structures. Rudee Inlet is harboring Puppy Drum and sizable Bluefish. The Specks haven’t made many headlines from Rudee , but they are being caught in the usual places like Lynnhaven Inlet, Mobjack Bay, and Fleets Bay. The shallows of the Eastern Shore are attracting the Flounder, but has still yet to really take off. Yellowfin, Bluefin, and Dolphin are being caught from Oregon Inlet charters. Tilefish are plentiful, but so are the sharks.
Freshwater- Shad fishing continues to provide excellent action for many anglers in the Richmond area. This is typically when the Shad fishing peaks. Right now is also a great time to target the White Perch, inside the city limits of Richmond. Night crawlers, bloodworms, and cut bait will all work well for the Perch. Rockfish are available, but must be released. Giant Catfish are being pulled in from the tidal rivers, as they fatten up for their spawning rituals coming up soon. Bass fishing seems to increase daily with the warm weather. A wide variety of lures can be used now, as they are pretty aggressive preparing for their spawn. Spinnerbaits, A – rigs, flukes, etc. are a few lures working very well right now. The pits along the James tend to heat up quicker and provide less current , which attracts as many anglers as it seems to attract fish. Bass are very shallow on our tidal rivers right now. The Potomac River is another great destination for Bass fishing now. Emergent grass beds are the magnets for the Bass as they prepare to spawn, or in some cases, are spawning, as the full moon was on April 10th. The upper James increased in elevation, giving us a burst of Smallmouth action. Many of the biggest Smallmouths of the year come during April, and spinnerbaits will fool many of them. The many lakes in our area have exploded for Bass fishing. Lake Chesdin is one, Swift Creek Reservoir is another. These two lakes are shallow and typically stained this time of year, making the fish less cautious. Kerr Lake, Gaston and Anna are all seing heavy weights being brought to the scales. Anna and Gaston seem to be in the stronger mode for spawning Bass. Night fishing at Smith Mountain has been excellent for Stripers.
- Stan Cobb