The fall fishing season is shaping up. However, the sporadically windy days this time of year make getting out a challenge. This is the time for speckled trout; anglers are already seeing decent numbers and are hopeful for a good fall season. The cobia are still lingering near the mouth of the Bay. Big red drum are making their end of season comeback. The amberjack are still available and decent sized spot are still hitting in the lower Bay and oceanfront areas. Finally, the billfish bite is still on mostly offshore and anglers will find lots of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish action with grand slams now almost every week!
(Photo: Courtesy of Chris’ Bait & Tackle. Pictured is Glenn with his citation spec 5lbs 2oz)
|Kerr Lake Bassmasters of Henderson
|September 15, 2012
Closed ... Local club established in the early 70's that gets together for friendly competition, fun, and fellowship. Currently we are not affiliated to any federation groups. We have 12 tournaments a year fishing several lakes in the area. If interested in membership please contact us using the email address or phone number. firstname.lastname@example.org
|Kids Fishing Day
|Kerr/Buggs Island Lake
Staunton View Park
|September 15, 2012
Open ... Kids Fishing Day ... Hosted by The Catfish Showdown. Registration starts 7:00 AM. Fishing 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Lunch/Games 11:30 until. Prizes/Awards 2:00 PM. Bring your child. lawn chairs, and join us for a Free Fun Day. Website: http://www.thecatfishshowdown.com Email: email@example.com
|Last Capital Bass Club
|Kerr/Buggs Island Lake
|September 16, 2012
Open ... Last Capital Bass Club open bass tournament Registration will began at 5:30 am at ramp. Start time is 6am to 3pm. 5 fish limit, all fish must be over 14 inch minimum. Entry fee $100.00. Includes $10.00 for big fish. Pay back on big fish is 100%.Payout is 80%. Paying one place for every 5 boats. Need any more info contact me. Any cancellations or ramp changes will be posted on club website. Club website http://lastcapitalbassclub.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Butcher Hollow Hunt Club
|Smith Mountain Lake
|September 22, 2012
Open ... 90.00 entry fee, 10.00 big fish pot optional, safe light till 3pm, 80% payback, 1 place for every 7 boats.
|Reel Drag BASS Anglers & Smith Mt. Dock and Lodge
|Smith Mt. Lake
Smith Mt. Dock and Lodge
|Sept. 23, 2012
Open ... Entry fee $70.00 lunker included, 5 fish limit all 14" or over. 80% payback, Lunker 90% payback.
Rules and release form at registration.
Reg. starts at 6am, event time 7-4. Smith Mt. Dock and Lodge is offering a discount to fishermen that book a room for this event the night before.
For info and to book a room call 336-280-1920. Rooms reg. $119.00 night plus tax. Book now for $75.00 plus tax. Other discounts available.
You may come by water to this event. email@example.com
|Virginia Bass Fishing Teams
|Kerr/Buggs Island Lake
Occoneechee State Park
|September 23, 2012
Open ... Must be a member 2 weeks prior to tournament. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Warren County Bass Club
|Kerr/Buggs Island Lake
|September 29, 2012
Open ... Team/Individual...
$40/boat if Team
$20/boat if Individual
5 fish limit...
lake size limit applies(max 2 under 14")
MUST HAVE one MEMBER per BOAT***$40 membership fee...
10 Regular Season Tournaments plus CLASSIC...
More info email email@example.com
|September 29, 2012
Open ... We are hosting a number of Bass Fishing Tournaments that will conclude with a Classic Tournament starting in March and going through September.
-Entry Fee will be $100 per boat (INCLUDES Big Fish)
-80% to paid at each tournament (10% will be held for the CLASSIC Tournament)
-**MUST fish at least five of the listed tournaments to be entered into the Classic Tournament**
-Late entry will be accepted until 10 minutes before Safe Light the morning of the tournament.
*NOTE: A $10 LATE FEE WILL BE APPLIED!!!
-ALL blast offs WILL be held at SAFE LIGHT!
NOTE: The order of take off will be determined by the order in which entry is submitted.
From IGFA Virginia Beach Representative Julie Ball:
Flounder action is still not up to where it was a few weeks ago, but some folks are finding some decent fish. The folks at Ocean’s East 2 report that anglers drifting with strip baits are experiencing the best results, while those using jigs and live bait are working harder for their catches lately. Solid keepers ranging to 24-inches are taking strips of squid, and fresh cut bait offered along lower Bay drop-offs and deep channel edges. Some keepers are also available within Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, but the action should improve as the dirty water clears up. Offshore wrecks are also a good bet, where keeper seabass and grey triggerfish will also compete for your bait.
Cobia are lingering on the pilings of the CBBT as well as the buoys near the mouth of the Bay. Schools of cobia are also cruising on the surface as they gather to exit the area. Some of these fish are exceeding 50-pounds, with tossed jigs and live bait working well. Spanish mackerel activity has slowed up, but a few are still around. Scattered king mackerel are also striking at trolled baits in these same areas, along with scattered false albacore. Many boats are also enjoying the abundance of sharks meandering about the oceanfront waters. Some of these toothy critters are exceeding 48-inches.
This is the time of year speckled trout begin to earn more attention. Specks are already showing promise for a good fall season with decent numbers of fish coming from most of the usual haunts. Rudee, Lynnhaven, and Little Creek Inlets, the Elizabeth River, Hungar’s Creek, the Poquoson Flats, and Mobjack Bay are becoming more predictable, with some specks pushing to over 21-inches. Look for this trend to continue to heat up over the next month.
Big red drum are starting to make a comeback for their end of season show. When folks locate these fish, they are fat from indulging over the summer. Look for the bull reds to become active in the surf off of Sandbridge soon. Puppy drum of all sizes are also coming from the surf lines, as well as Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets, and the Elizabeth River.
Decent sized spot are still hitting in the lower Bay and oceanfront areas, with the local piers experiencing good action. Both bloodworms and Fishbites are working well.
Croaker are still in the mix near the MMBT, along the deeper channels in the lower Bay, off Little Creek, and off Kiptopeake. Sheepshead action is still steady along the CBBT, with triggerfish and some tautog also responding in the same areas.
Amberjack are still available on some local wrecks, the Chesapeake Light Tower, and the South Tower. Jack Crevelle are also a possibility, but this action is usually hit or miss.
Deep droppers are still having good luck near the Canyon edges, with nice blueline tilefish, blackbellied rosefish, and scattered jumbo seabass hitting the decks.
The blazing billfish bite is still on, with multiple releases reported from most boats making the run offshore. Exceptional numbers of white marlin, with good numbers of blue marlin and sailfish are blossoming into grand slams most every week now. The best marlin action is coming from the Canyon to the triple 0’s area in anywhere from 45 to 140 fathoms lately. Scattered yellowfin and even bigeye tuna are also surprising a few boats. Some wahoo are more prevalent a little further south, while dolphin are still a good backup. Overnight trips will resume with calmer waters, with good chances of catching swordfish.
Virginia Saltwater Reports by Charlie Taylor:
CHINCOTEAGUE - Little angling pressure resulted in a few large flounder. There were some catches around the mouth of the inlet, along with a few blowfish. Surf anglers are taking red drum, bluefish, flounder, trout and sea mullet. Grey trout are available at Turner's Lump. Inshore wrecks are
providing lots of sea bass, while offshore boats are taking yellowfin tuna, dolphin and false albacore.
WACHAPREAGUE - Good catches of pan trout are being made on squid strips, a few miles outside the inlet. Inshore, pan trout and croaker are found just outside Metomkin Inlet and off Hog Island. Offshore boats are finding yellowfin tuna, dolphin, blue and white marlin, with the best action being
found just inside Washington Canyon at the "Lumps", in 30 fathoms of water.
ONANCOCK - Loads of large spot remain inside Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds. The larger spot appear tightly schooled and on the move. Croaker are abundant, with the larger ones running to one pound. Flounder, porgy, taylor blues and pan trout are mixed in with the spot and croaker. A few larger grey trout are showing, but these are generally caught after dark, in the grassy shallows, on peeler crab. Most areas of protected, shallow water are holding loads of speckled trout and school sized stripers. Trollers are finding a few Spanish mackerel.
QUINBY - A mixture of large bluefish, false albacore and dolphin on the Offshore Lumps. Trout and a few croaker are being caught just off the beach. Most boats are fishing off Metomkin Island. Inside the inlet, a variety of small bottom fish are being caught, but none are abundant. Catches include sea bass, snapper blues, spot, trout and flounder.
CAPE CHARLES - Good catches of panfish are still coming from the area of the old C-10 Buoy, with spot, porgy, sea bass, croaker, sea mullet, flounder and trout showing in the catches. Red drum are showing again in catchable numbers, with late evening tides producing the best action. Cut bait, such as mullet, spot or menhaden, should be fished on the bottom in 20-35 feet of water. Fair numbers of sharks can also be expected. Good catches of flounder are coming from the area between old C-10 and Plantation Light. Grey trout are on the increase, with best concentrations being found at the Cape Charles Artificial Reef Site, the Cement Ships and the High Rise. Peelers are the better choice of bait. Speckled trout catches are good one day and slow the next.
LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Puppy drum are making a fair showing along the Bay Bridge Tunnel, with the best catches coming from the Fourth Island area. Spot appear to be moving, with good catches still being made at the First and Second Islands. Fair to good action on puppy drum and speckled trout inside Lynnhaven Inlet. Some large grey trout are beginning to show around the Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands. Fish are being caught on bucktails, tipped with squid, trolled or cast around the tunnel tubes. Bluefish are found around all four of the rock islands, with the larger fish showing at the Fourth Island. Bottom fishermen, using cut crab, report tautog to six pounds, nice sea bass and a few trigger fish around the rock islands and nearby wrecks. Offshore, the Southern Tower area is producing good catches of amberjack. Most of the
jacks have migrated south, but live spot will still take some fish. Citation size sea bass are also available on the Tower. Tautog are biting around Fort Wool and the Third and Fourth Islands. The Twin Stakes area is producing good catches of large spot, sea mullet, porgy, blowfish and some pan trout. Good catches of spot are being made just inside the Back River Bell Buoy and just off Factory Point. Speckled trout fishing is excellent inside Mobjack Bay, with the mouth of the North and Ware Rivers being the top spots. Peeler crab, fished on the bottom, or a slowly retrieved rubber tailed jig or plug are the best bets. Bottom fishermen are reporting large spot at the Y-9 Buoy and the mouth of the York River. Good catches are also made at Gaines Point, the mouth of Sarah's Creek and Buoy 22. Speckled trout are hitting near the Amoco Pier on the York River.
VIRGINIA BEACH - Rudee Inlet is producing good catches of big spot and croaker. Headboats are coming in with good catches of sea bass and croaker. Inshore trollers enjoy fast action on Spanish and king mackerel, false albacore and bonito. The mackerel are found from the CB Line out to the Chesapeake Light Tower/Artificial Reef and south to the V Buoy. Most kings are running 6-12 pounds, but fish to 30 pounds have been taken. Several large false albacore have been caught in the vicinity of the Dump Buoys, located just outside Rudee Inlet. Offshore, yellowfin tuna, blue and white marlin,
and wahoo, along with good numbers of dolphin are being taken in the area from the Cigar to the Triple O's, in 30-50 fathoms of water.
LYNNHAVEN - Spot and croaker to nearly three pounds, are biting well all day, while speckled trout provide action in the evenings and early mornings.
VIRGINIA BEACH - Good spot and croaker action all day, with puppy drum mixed in the catches. Occasional schools of taylor bluefish.
SANDBRIDGE - Good spot action, with some puppy drum mixed in. A few sharks have also been taken. Occasional runs of croaker to two pounds.
Potomac River reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the tidal Potomac, the river has been dominated by FLW Tournament traffic all week but by Saturday there were only 10 competitors—and their legions of followers.
WASHINGTON DC VICINITY: this area is always the area to go to when the river is in tournament-mode. The boat traffic is horrible but that just stirs-up the food source. The Gravely Point launch is a good one and there is parking big-time.
The absence of SAV, either planned or natural, diminishes the target pattern but a savvy angler with Lowrance Structure Scan can pick and choose areas with excellent results.
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE/BELLE HAVEN MARINA VICINITY: bass fishing has been less than desirable so we have been elsewhere—but we near the water temperature when this area “turns on.” There is scant SAV here, and that’s OK, but the traditional submersed hard-cover is a magnet.
The drop-offs near channel markers , HogIsland, Fox Ferry and Smoot Bay are good crankbait stops and the WWB barges, bridge foundation remnants and Fort Washington lighthouse hold bass that just never leave.
To the south, Bulltown Cove, south shore of Pohick Bay, feeder creeks in Hallowing Cove and Pomonkey Creek may be the best of the best. I like Penrod Special spinnerbaits, Case Stiks and buzzbaits.
MATTAWOMAN CREEK VICINITY: the creek is stingy and there are bass to catch out-front at Grinders, Burn Point and LongBay. On the main stem, look for small, narrow grass beds on either side, especially outside of the bigger bays.
Virginia Freshwater Fishing Reports:
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Some smallmouth bass are being taken above Fletcher's Cove by anglers using topwater baits around dawn. Stripers are also available in the main channel above Fletcher's Cove. Some catfish are taking bottom baits. The Virginia shoreline from Chain Bridge to Key Bridge and the rock ledges behind Roosevelt Island are giving up smallmouth bass for anglers using
small crankbaits. Occasional walleye are taking bottom drifted minnows in the Three Sisters Island area. Largemouth bass action is centered along the Virginia shoreline from Memorial Bridge to National Airport, the main river bridge pilings, Blue Plains discharge and manmade cover near deep water.
Some striper action on the War College Wall drop-off, Haines Point and the southern shore of National Airport.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Largemouth bass are primarily orienting to the main river drop-offs, wood cover and vegetation. Lily pads and grass beds are holding good numbers of bass for anglers willing to fish them. Buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits on high tides and plastic worms and jig 'n pig on lower tides are the ticket. Drop-offs are still producing well on deep diving crankbaits, plastic worms and jig 'n pig. Grass beds in the creeks and along the main river are producing well on plastic frogs, floating worms and plastic jerk baits. Submerged wood cover is
producing well on outgoing tides. This would include docks, old pilings, barges, fallen trees and hanging brush. Fish a small plastic worm, allowing the tide to sweep the bait alongside the cover. Catfish are available on flats adjacent to deeper water and in the main river and creek channels. Cut
bait, live minnows and clam snouts are the better baits. Crappie are schooled and taking live minnows and tiny jigs. Lots of resident schools of juvenile stripers are found south of Swan Creek. Once a school is found, fish 1/2 oz. Rattling Spots or Rapala Glass Minnows. This catch and release fishing can
produce upwards of 50 fish per person in a couple of hours. Be very careful of the flying treble hooks.
OCCOQUAN RIVER - Crappie are schooled around boat docks and submerged brush, taking live minnows and tiny jigs. Bass fishing is good, with most fish being caught on buzzbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms near wood cover throughout the river. Some fish are also being taken from the rocky points along the southern shore, above the Route 95 Bridge. The large grass bed at the mouth
of the river is giving up some good bass to patient anglers fishing weightless plastic baits on flourocarbon leaders, or spinnerbaits over the grass on higher tides.
OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR - Bass are holding on main lake points and along rock walls. Schooling bass are chasing shad right up on the rocks. When found, these fish may be taken on Rat-L-Traps or Shad Raps. Otherwise, deep diving crankbaits, jig 'n pig and spinnerbaits are the ticket. Crappie are schooled around points, submerged brush and standing timber. Small minnows and tiny
jigs are taking some good fish, although catches are sporadic.
BURKE LAKE - Brush piles along the shoreline drop-offs are holding good numbers of crappie and bass. Bass are taking plastic worms and crankbaits, while crappie are suckers for small minnows and tiny jigs.
LAKE BRITTLE - Bass action was a little better this week with fish being taken on crankbaits and plastic worms around the fish structures and deep dropping banks. Catfish, walleye, bluegill and crappie continue to bite well on nightcrawlers throughout the lake.
POTOMAC RIVER - UPPER - Small buzzbaits and Tiny Torpedos are taking some fish, particularly early and late in the day. After the sun comes up, switch to small crankbaits, tube baits and plastic grubs, worked in riffles and deeper pools. Better areas are around White's Ferry, Edward's Ferry, Point of
Rocks and Seneca. Good numbers of panfish are also available.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - Good smallmouth bass action is available on topwater lures, spinners and small crankbaits. Tidal sections are producing some good catches of largemouth bass and crappie from the blowdowns along the South shoreline from Fredericksburg to Port Royal. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms are good choices of baits. Lots of catfish, 14-19 pounds, on cut bait. Trophy catfish, to 30 pounds, are available for knowledgeable anglers.
SHENANDOAH RIVER - The North Branch of the river is producing some fish, as smallmouth bass, rock bass and sunfish are stocking up for the winter. Wading the stretch from Mt. Jackson to Strasburg is highly recommended at this time. Small crankbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms should load the boat for anglers drifting the river below Front Royal. Deeper holes and stretches below riffles are the better holding areas. Panfish are also available.
MATTAPONI/PAMUNKEY RIVERS - Bass anglers are taking good numbers of fish above Route 360 in both rivers. Better lures are spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. In addition to bass, creels include yellow perch, bowfin, pickerel, crappie, walleye and bream. Catfish anglers are taking fish to six pounds on peeler crab and shrimp below the Route 360 Bridge. A few croaker
are mixed in the catches. Stripers are thick in the rivers, taking bucktails and bloodworms.
LAKE ANNA - Bass are in the fall pattern, meaning that they are up shallow during low light hours and move deep when the sun rises. The more successful
anglers are fishing secondary points, boat docks and stumps and brush, with topwater and shallow running lures. After the sun is up, switch to plastic
worms or jig 'n pig in 12-20 feet of water. Backs of creeks are holding large schools of shad, where Rat-L-Traps, cast beyond the schools and brought back under them, are taking fish. Main lake grass beds are also holding fish. Crappie are biting well with stringers of 1-2 pound fish not unusual. Surface action for stripers is picking up, while drifting live shad in 14-20 feet of water is also successful. Better areas for the stripers are the Power Plant area, Stubbs Point, Rose Valley, the Route 208 Bridge and the Splits.
JAMES RIVER - Fishing is fair to good above Richmond. Small crankbaits, Tiny Torpedos and Berkley Power Grubs are taking good numbers of smallmouth bass. The Watkins Landing and Hugenot Bridge areas, above Richmond, are good. The tidal sections are producing good numbers of largemouth bass for anglers fishing the creeks and barge pits along the river. Plastic worms, soft plastic stick baits, small crankbaits and buzzbaits are the preferred baits. Specifically target downed wood in the tidal flow. Catfish anglers are catching some large blue cats on live and cut shad. For a lot of fun, fish a
3/4 oz. Silver Buddy in 20-25 feet of water in an outside bend of a tidal creek. Plenty of 6-10 pound blue catfish available.
APPOMATTOX RIVER - Bass are holding on the wing dams and channel markers. Best baits for these fish are large, slow-rolled spinnerbaits and plastic baits. Cast above the cover and allow the tide to sweep the baits into the cover. Pye Alley is still holding plenty of fish on the downed wood. Small
buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits work well along the banks from Pye Alley to Petersburg.
LAKE CHESDIN - Good crappie action around the Namozine Creek Bridge on live minnows. Bass are taking crankbaits, live bait and spinnerbaits. A few large channel catfish have been caught this week on chicken livers.
CHICKAHOMINY RIVER - Catfish and bream are being caught on live bait, while bass fishermen are taking a few fish on plastic worms, small spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and small crankbaits. Edges of lily pad fields, particularly near creek mouths, are producing the better catches of bass. Plenty of stripers in
CHICKAHOMINY LAKE - Bass and pickerel are taking spinnerbaits and large minnows. Crappie are schooling and may be taken on live minnows over the brush piles. Flyrodders are having a ball on small poppers, fished in the lily pads. Bass, to six pounds, are smacking the poppers with a vengeance. Don't
neglect the topwater action of a Zoom Horny Toad, fished through the thickest vegetation you can find. Bass will blow up through the thick stuff to get the frog. Channel catfish are biting well for anglers fishing chicken and turtle livers.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Bass anglers are taking nice fish on topwater minnows and crankbaits, while crappie fishermen are taking fish to 1.5 pounds on tiny jigs and minnows. Stripers and catfish are also biting well on either cast or trolled artificial lures.
BACK BAY - Fishing in the feeder creeks is excellent in the clear water. Bass to six pounds, catfish, perch, crappie and bream are mixed in the creels. Anglers fishing the bay are taking some crappie, bream, catfish, perch, bass and stripers.
SUFFOLK LAKES - Shellcrackers are the main fare at these lakes, and red wigglers are the prime bait. Lots of good fish are being taken at Western Branch, Cohoon, Meade and Prince. Bass action is steady, with a number of fish over the six pound mark. Best action is on topwater plugs. Stripers are active and aggressive, particularly at Lakes Meade and Prince. A few channel catfish and bowfin are also available. Crappie fishing is improving daily.
LAKE GASTON - Bass fishing is good, with most of the better fish being taken from shallow stump fields, adjacent to the main river channel. Other patterns are boat dock brush piles on plastic worm, main lake points on deep-diving crankbaits and grass beds in shallow water on Horny Toads. Stripers are
scattered and running in small schools. Below the dam, lots of stripers in the 12-20 pound class are taking live shad. Anglers jigging half ounce Hopkins Spoons are cleaning house on white perch. Rebel Pop-R;s, with crappie jig trailers on the rear hook are also effective.
BUGGS ISLAND LAKE - Bass are being caught by anglers concentrating on shad schools, near submerged wood cover, in the creeks. Shallow running crankbaits and plastic baits, cast into these areas, will take the bass. White bass are schooled up in Grassy and Bluestone Creeks, but not in large numbers. Stripers are found deep, with the mouth of Nutbush Creek being the most productive spot. Crappie action is excellent on medium minnows over brush piles and in 12-15 feet of water, over solid structures.
BRIERY CREEK AND SANDY RIVER RESERVOIRS - Action this week consisted of plenty of pickerel, crappie, some slot bass and lots of bream. Crappie schools are located at 10-12 feet. The bass were taken on topwater swimming worms and crankbaits.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Bass fishing is poor to fair, with most successful anglers keying on shad schools in the back of creeks and coves, and main lake points. Rat-L-Traps and small swim baits, cast anywhere around the shad, are producing bass. Small crankbaits are also taking bass when cast onto riprap banks in 5-8 feet of water, near boat docks. Crappie fishing is very good on small minnows. Best catches are around boat docks. Stripers are scattered in small schools and are hard to find. Live bait and trolling are the better methods. Best areas are the sides of points in 30-32 feet of water. Some fish are available between markers 13-30 on the Roanoke Arm and 11-28 on the Blackwater Arm.
LEESVILLE RESERVOIR - Largemouth bass action is exceptionally good, with lots of 3-5 pounders being taken on crankbaits, plastic worms and jigs. White bass are schooled and actively feeding. Small crankbaits and jigs are taking the fish. Crappie are actively taking medium minnows. Stripers are beginning to feed, but catches are low.
LAKE MOOMAW - Bass anglers are catching a few fish on plastic worms and jig 'n pig, primarily on main lake points. Catfish are taking minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Trout action is at a standstill.
PHILPOTT LAKE - Fishing is improving with smallmouth bass catches leading the way. Better choices of baits include crankbaits, plastic worms and jig 'n pig. Plenty of large crappie are available and a few walleye. Most of the walleye are being taken by jigging Hopkins Spoons. Trout catches are picking
up on the Smith River.
NEW RIVER - Excellent smallmouth catches, primarily on plastic grubs and live bait. Some catfish, to 10 pounds, have also been caught.
SOUTH HOLSTON RESERVOIR - Walleye are biting well around the Bristol Water Intake. Anglers fishing minnows on the bottom in 20 feet of water, are taking smallmouth bass and crappie. Smallmouth bass are also taking spinnerbaits in the upper end of the lake.
CLAYTOR LAKE - Stripers are being caught in Peak Creek Hollow, along with schools of tow pound white bass. Smallmouth bass are taking crankbaits, and lots of channel catfish and a few musky are also showing.
TROUT STREAMS - Trout fishing is very good in the streams of the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests, from Harrisonburg to Mt. Rogers. All in all, native brook, along with brown and rainbow trout fishing, are prime in all mountainous streams. Muddler minnows are producing well and the streams should remain excellent for the balance of the month.