Saltwater- Tautog are being caught in good numbers and size. The structures of the CBBT and the HRBT are holding keeper Togs, but the bigger Togs seem to always be out in the ocean. While targeting these fish, Seabass and sharks will keep you busy. All Seabass must be released. Inside the bay, Croakers are being caught inside gill nets around the mouth of the James River. So Croaker fishing will ignite soon. There have been increasing reports of Flounder being caught from the Eastern Shore shallows, so this too should ignite soon. Surf action along the Outer Banks is improving also. Buxton has been good for big Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Bluefish, and plenty of Blow Toads. Actually Blow Toads are being caught in many of the popular places at Nags Head and Hatteras. Flounder have been reported from the Frisco area. Bluefin are still being caught, along with some Yellowfin, when conditions allow.
Freshwater- Freshwater fishing is in full on mode right now. The Shad action along the James is good and getting better day by day. Fly rod anglers as well as light line anglers with spinning gear , are enjoying great action. Take along plenty of different colors of lures, as the bite can sometimes change hourly. White Perch are migrating up the tidal rivers in big number’s. Cat fishermen anglers are seeing increased weights of their catch due to the great abundance of Shad and Perch in the river. Along with the Cats, many Rockfish are being caught, but must be released. Bass fishing on the tidal rivers is outstanding! 27+ lbs won a recent tournament on the Chickahominy. Kelly Pratt and Chuck Rackley were the winners, with a8.17 kicker, that didnt win the lunker pot. The lunker pot was won by Brandon Hill and Kevin King, with a 8.45 lber. 23+ lbs won a recent tournament on the Potomac River, in which 13, 20lb+ bags were weighed in. Bass fishinges on the James is outstanding also. Many of the area lakes are experiencing a big wave of spawning Bass. Anna, Gaston, and Kerr are producing good reports from Bass anglers. Lake Chesdin should not be overlooked by any means. Darrel Smith of Glen Allen had an 8.93 lber along with a 6.2 lber from Chesdin. The Occoquan Reservoir in northern Virginia, has also been producing impressive limits of Bass. In the past 2 weeks, the winning weights were 33 lbs, and 30 lbs. These are 6 fish limits. Local ponds are also experiencing spawning Bass, so practice catch and release to preserve our valuabe resource. April is also a great month for trophy Crappie. Kerr lake is one of the best lakes for Crappie, in the country! Shallow patterns are still the ticket right now. Grass lines, stumps and docks are good at Anna for Crappie.
- Stan Cobb