Chesapeake Bay: Folks are anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer water temps and the spring bite of several species such as Croaker, Spot, and Flounder. A few have been targeting Flounder at the bridge tunnel, but action has been sparse at best. Some are still chasing Rockfish, which have migrated to spawn for the most part. Spring trophy season can’t arrive soon enough! Some anglers are still chasing Speckled Trout inside the Elizabeth River with decent results.
Ocean: There has been some reports of Flounder being caught from Eastern Shore creeks and inlets on the ocean side, but great patience is needed while targeting these fish now, in other words, the bite is still slow. The Triangle Wrecks have been giving up some very nice Tautog. Crab is the top offering, but every species seems to like it too, so take plenty. Offshore boats out of Nags Head and Hatteras are finding good action for Yellowfin, Bluefin, and some Big Eye Tuna. In the surf at South Ocracoke, the Red Drum bite is heating up nicely.
Freshwater Rivers: The Tidal Rivers of VA are really producing some big Bass right now. The Potomac River particularly, which is arguably the best pubic fishery on the East Coast. Rattle Traps, Chatter baits, and jigs have been outstanding. The Chickahominy River continues to provide excellent action for Bass, Crappie, and Catfish. The James is also fishing well for Bass and Crappie. Nathan Kendrick of Mechanicsville recently caught a 7lb 10oz Bass from the lower James this week. The arrival of Shad and Herring has begun in the tidal rivers this week. Remember, it is unlawful to possess Herring at all. It is wise not to even target them, such as with Sabiki Rigs. However, spoons, and darts are the ticket for Hickory Shad. This bite will improve greatly over the next 2 weeks. The upper James is returning to normal, which should be an excellent choice to fish this weekend. The smallmouth bite can be incredible in March on the James and New Rivers.
Freshwater Lakes: Lake Anna has been producing quite a few nice stringers of Stripers lately. Casting swim baits and Alabama rigs are working well, as the fish are shallow. Bass are also being caught shallow. Just any presentation is working for Bass now, but spinner baits and flukes seem to be catching the bigger fish. Folks are also finding Bass, while Crappie fishing, which is also about to peak.
Freshwater Ponds: Local ponds are on fire it seems, for both Crappie and Bass. Rattletraps, spinner baits, and even Alabama rigs are working in ponds. Swift Creek Reservoir, Sandy River, and Briery Creek are outstanding choices for big bass right now, as pre-spawn patterns are in full swing.