Chesapeake Bay: Excellent catches of Rockfish are still making news from inside the bay, as we approach the end of “legal to keep” Rockfish season in the bay. The Cape Charles area is still popular and productive, as is the CBBT. Eeling along channel edges has been a big fish method lately. Another method that’s always popular is trolling Stretches, tandem rigs, and mojos. Die hard Rappahannock River anglers are scoring good fish inside the river still. Mojo style setups are working good, as are Stretch 25’s and 30’s. Folks fishing the James at the HRBT are finding plenty of keepers, but not many reports of big fish. The Lynnhaven area has been decent for both Rockfish and Speckled Trout. The Elizabeth River always receives the most attention this time of year from those seeking Specks. The Mirrodine lure from Mirro lures is a popular bait for casters, but many troll with suspending jerk baits like the Lucky Craft Slender Pointer. When forecasts call for windy conditions inside the bay, more people decide to fish for Specks, which gets crowded quickly. Bay wrecks and reefs offer opportunities for Tautog still.
Ocean: Some are targeting the seaside of the Eastern Shore for Rockfish in anticipation for the ocean season. Cape Henry is another area being targeted now. Good sized fish have been reported from here. Savvy anglers fishing inside Rudee Inlet are still finding some big trout. The forecast for this weekend doesn’t bode well for big water anglers. However, there are lots of freshwater opportunities.
Freshwater: The upper James just received a good amount of rain, so check conditions before heading out. This much needed rain should really improve things after a few days. The lower James continues to produce giant Blue Cats. Many consider now to be the best time for consistent big fish days. Bass and Crappie are biting good on the Chickahominy and James. Live Mirro lures and small jigs fished slow along the first drop can often be a key. Stripers are generally averaging about 8lbs now. live baits is the most effective, but those casting swim baits, blade baits, and even rattle traps are catching limits. Mid to up-lake has been best. Bass fishing has been outstanding for the few that frequent the lake now. 23+lbs won an open TX out of Sturgeon Creek Marina by Davis and Mark McGhee of Spotsylvania were the winners. Shakey heads, jigs, and spoons are all good now, crappie fishing has also been consistent. Bridge pilings and docks seem to be better now. Lakes like Diaschund and Swift Creek are fishing very good right now. Shakey head presentations and crank baits are catching big fish. Suspending jerk baits are also good. Small ponds offer great fishing for Crappie right now fishing minnows under floats is an easy way to provide fun, food, and time spend together.