The biggest news this week is that the Shad have started to show up inside the city limits!
Chesapeake Bay: Some that are still targeting Speckled Trout are finding a few nice fish inside the Elizabeth River. Mirrorlures are still producing along with live and cut bait. Many are anticipating the spring trophy season for Rockfish, but for now, it’s catch and release inside the bay and its tributaries. Some reports are coming from the James, York, and Rappahannock Rivers. A Tautog are being caught at the CBBT, but crabs, the preferred bait, is hard to come by, most of the Tog success is coming from crab bait.
Ocean: Deep dripping is still a good option for tasty species like, Tilefish, Rosefish, and Grouper. There was a report of a Red Drum caught from the Hatteras/Ocracoke area this past week, so it won’t be long till the catches increase.
Freshwater Rivers: Last week some nice Ring Perch were caught from the Chickahominy River. Also from the Chick, came some nice catches of Largemouth. A lipless crank is a good choice right now. The Potomac River is starting to produce some impressive catches of Bass, and sizable Blue Catfish are showing up here also. The James continues to produce huge Blue Cats, and a few reports of Shad catches have been heard. The Shad run becomes quite a popular event here in the Richmond area, particularly around the 1st of April. Stock up on darts and spoons now, as they will become scarce when the bite is hot. The upper James became very high and muddy over the weekend, making Smallmouth fishing a no-go. When conditions and levels settle the bite should be quite good.
Freshwater Lakes: Over the weekend, Lake Gaston produced some nice bags of Bass, including a 5 Bass limit of 25lbs. Lake Anna has given up some better sized Stripers lately, including several fish over 12lbs. A five fish limit of 20lbs won an open Tx at Anna out of Sturgeon Creek Marina. Anna has also been putting out some trophy sized Crappie. Smaller local lakes like Sandy River, Swift Creek, and Briery have produced some very nice Bass Crappie.
Freshwater Ponds: Local ponds have turned on nicely with the warm weather, which has also increased interests among more people.