Chesapeake Bay: The Cobia bite is still quite good in the lower bay and oceanfront. Anglers are mostly cruising the CBBT pilings looking for targets to cast bucktails, live Spot, Menhaden, and Eels. Schools have also been seen in many areas by those fishing for Flounder. It’s a good idea to keep a Cobia rod rigged and ready to go. Many species are on the move, like Red Drum. Large schools of Drum can be seen from long distances, for instance Steve Lane of Goochland recently caught a 50 inch drum while searching for Cobia. He was fishing with Mike Campbell. Gary Attwell of Mech. was jigging for Flounder, and caught a 46 inch Red Drum. Flounder fishing has been outstanding the last few weeks, and the month of September is typically best for the biggest flounder of the year. The CCBT, Back River Reef and the buoy 42 area have all been excellent. The HRBT has also been a consistent producer of Flounder. Windmill Bar is still producing good catches of Spanish Mackerel. Mackerel are also being caught around the CCBT. Spot and Croaker are being caught all over the Bay, but better areas have been the Rappahannock River, and the York River. The Speckled Trout bite is increasing in areas like Mobjack Bay, Lynn Haven Inlet, and Poquoson Flats. This bite should continue in increase in months to come.
Ocean: Schools of Red Drum and Cobia can be found cruising in ocean waters from Cape Henry, and just south of Rudee Inlet. A few Spot are starting to show up in Rudee Inlet. Recent reports have been slow due to the oncoming hurricane. Hopefully the damage will be minimal and our thoughts go out to those in Coastal areas, as well as all those affected by this oncoming storm.
Freshwater Rivers: Conditions will likely change over the next few days, however, the lower James has been producing excellent catches of Blue Catfish. Bass fishing have been fair to good this week, with the best bites being on soft plastics and crank baits. A small spinner bait has been working well also. On the Potomac River a jig is perhaps the most consistent producer of Bass, but a Top-water frog is the most exciting. There’s still a good hard cover bite in DC. The upper James remains good for Flathead Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass. Many are using live Goldfish for Flatheads. The river level at the Richmond Westham Gauge is 3.74, low and clear. At this level, live bait is usually your best option for Smallmouth Bass.
Freshwater Lakes: The Kerr lake elevation is 297.14 currently. Deep water presentations are generally more stable at this level. Crank baits, Texas rigs, and Carolina rigs are producing in rocky areas. Catfish anglers are also faring well at Kerr Lake. A jigging spoon has been productive at Kerr, and Lake Anna, but live bait is still producing the biggest fish. Look for smaller lakes such as Swift Creek Reservoir , Briery Creek, and Sandy River Reservoir for more consistent catches of Bass. The oncoming hurricane should raise water levels significantly thus improving catches.