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  • VIRGINIA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: Chesapeake Bay, Inshore, Offshore & Freshwater Virginia Fishing Report Updated November 7 2010


    Capt. Jerry Thrash reprots: Water temps are in the low to mid-60s.

    Spot are still being caught in Rappahannock near the Whitestone Bridge, Butlers Hole, at the Spike and off Gwynn Island. Good sized schools of Gray Trout continue to be found off Gwynn Island and in the mouth of the Rappahannock. Medium sized speckled trout have shown up in the Piankatank and the bite in the Mobjack has been good with 3 citations registered this week.

    Some school stripers are being caught trolling along and north of Windmill Bar and on irregular inshore bottoms on bucktails and shad type baits. They are also being caught on live or cut bait and on jigged soft plastic or Gulp baits on structure.

    Bluefish to 20" are roaming the bay and can be had on spoons at 3-5 knots.

    CITATIONS:

    Speckled Trout:

    5 lbs, 4 oz, 24" caught by Keith Nuttall of Gloucester in the Ware River on 10/20 on a Mirro-Lure. *PICTURE
    24.5" and 24" releases by Ed Lawrence of Gloucester on 10/20 and 10/19, respectively in the Mobjack on D.O.A. baits.


    Julie Ball gives us this fishing
    report synopsis for the tide water region of Virgina Beach:

    29 October 2010

    With sporadic windy conditions lately, anglers are depending on the escalating inshore fishing scene to provide most of the action right now. The talk on the docks is still centered around the outstanding speckled trout bite. Most any protected skinny water, tributary river, or inlet is supporting hoards of small speckled trout. This week, several citation-sized fish also made the mark. The biggest fish are still coming from the Elizabeth River, where some specks are pushing to 7–pounds. Several release citations are satisfying those testing Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, where the number of larger fish is on the rise. Mirrolures and Gulp minnows are still the preferred lures. If you target speckled trout, you will also come across a few puppy drum in the same areas. Some of these feisty fighters are ranging to near 25 and 30-inches lately. Most any lure or cut bait will work for puppy drum.

    Although the action is sporadic, surf anglers are still finding scattered big red drum from the Eastern Shore Barrier Islands down to off the Wildlife Refuge. But these fish are on the move southward, where the bite is really picking up off the piers and beaches of North Carolina now. Speckled trout and puppy drum are also entertaining surf anglers along the lower Bay shore lines, and along the ocean front. Smallish striped bass are also biting in these same areas. Surf anglers targeting rockfish under the Lesner Bridge are finding a few keepers, along with scattered sheepshead.

    As the water temperatures continue to drop, the striped bass activity will continue to rise. Although not red hot, many anglers are finding striper action in the lower Bay. According to the folks at Bayside Bait and Tackle, school-sized fish are hitting plugs and poppers in the light lines along the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel and the CBBT at night, especially closer to the 1st island. Wire liners are also finding some luck in these same areas in the evening before dark.

    Spot are still providing some intermittent action off Ocean View, the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel, and the Lynnhaven River, but more predictable catches are coming from within Rudee Inlet. The folks at the Fishing Center report that some of these spot are nice sized yellow bellies, with bloodworms the bait of choice. Right now, good numbers of spot are still reported within the tributary rivers, but a good north easterly blow will push these fish into the Bay.

    Tautog action is really taking off in lower Bay waters when anglers can get out. Tog are in high demand with the seabass off limits right now. Good numbers of keeper fish, with a few surprise whoppers pushing to 11-pounds, are coming from the CBBT proper. Fiddler crabs, green crabs, and blue crabs are all working. This trend will continue as the waters continue to cool.

    Flounder action is off in the Bay right now. Folks have not been able to put in a good day in the Bay since wind and muddy water settled in, and the action is reported as slow. Anglers fishing within the protected confines of the Lynnhaven River and Rudee Inlet are finding mostly throw backs. Wreck flounder are available when boats can reach them. Chopper sized bluefish are also patrolling these same structures, with the Triangle Wreck area a favorite. While black seabass are also a good possibility, the season is still closed until November 1st.
    
Deep dropping is a good option when the weather allows. A few boats have reported catches of snowy grouper, golden tilefish, blueline tilefish, and blackbellied rosefish.

    Offshore, the action is slow. A few nice yellowfin tuna and bailer dolphin have rewarded boats that put in their time. Bluefin tuna and swordfish should become more common as the waters cool. For more information, go to www.drjball.com.

Ken Neil reports in from the Tidal Virginia Beach area:
    Notable Catches:

    October 24

    Wes Blow: from Newport News: Bluefish: 37 inches: Triangle Wrecks

    Offshore fishing has been extremely slow off of Virginia’s coast. A few nice yellowfin tuna were caught at the Washington Canyon this week and good tuna catches are still being made farther to the north. There is still hope for a good fall tuna run to develop. Out of the Outer Banks, blackfin tuna have been the main catch from the Point on south. Some wahoo, yellowfin tuna, and the occasional bigeye tuna are joining the catch. Big bluefish are providing a lot of action from the Chesapeake Light Tower on out to the Triangle Wrecks. Thresher sharks are in the same area to feed on the bluefish. Flounder action is good around the coastal wrecks and some continue to be caught at the CBBT and along the channel edges at the mouth of the bay. Speckled trout fishing is very good pretty much everywhere. Most of the fish being caught inside of Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets are too small to keep. Larger fish, including some citation-sized trout are being caught in the Mobjack Bay area and in the some of the creeks on the Eastern Shore. Tautog fishing is good at the CBBT and on other structures inside the bay. Large red drum are active in the near-shore coastal waters. Triggerfish and sea bass are plentiful over almost all of the wrecks but we have one more week of the sea bass closure. There should be some great wreck fishing when the season reopens on November 1. There is some good action to be had at night around any dock with a light on it. Small rockfish and gray trout are on their fall feed. Some larger rockfish are falling to live bait over the tubes of the CBBT. Smaller fish can be found on the light lines of all of the area bridges. Schools of open-water feeding rockfish, under working birds, can be found in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. These fish are working their way down the bay. The average size of the fish will get larger as the season progresses.

    The National Seminar Series is coming back to Virginia. The panel of experts includes individuals very familiar to the PSWSFA: The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will bring its DelMarVa edition to Virginia Beach on Saturday, January 22. The Virginia Beach Convention Center will host the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. presentation inside Ballroom One. George Poveromo – Host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on VERSUS, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman, will headline the program, along with Ric Burnley – Noted light tackle, lower Chesapeake Bay fishing specialist, writer and Regional Editor for Salt Water Sportsman. The tour is presented by Sperry Top-Sider. Joining Poveromo and Burnley in Virginia Beach will be: Captain Jorj Head – Innovative cobia fishing pro, and an authority on catching trophy flounder; Captain John Oughton – Mid-Atlantic tuna and white marlin expert, aboard his Ocean City, Maryland-based charter boat -That’s Right; Captain Chris Newsome – Distinguished light tackle guide who specializes in catching speckled trout, flounder, red drum, bluefish and striped bass within Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Newsome also holds a degree in Biology; Captain Blake Hayden - Renowned authority on catching trophy speckled trout, in addition to tarpon, cobia, bull red drum, marlin and tuna. Hayden also specializes in deep dropping for tilefish; Captain Chandler Hogg – Premier inshore fishing authority who also excels at catching tautog, Spanish mackerel, red drum, cobia, spadefish and sheepshead; Dr. Ken Neill III - Noted authority on catching game fish in and around Virginia’s coastal waters. Neill is also a pioneer of deep-dropping for tilefish, and an accomplished offshore angler; and Harry Vernon III - Nationally-recognized authority on offshore live-baiting, bottom-fishing, trolling, and drifting for swordfish! Courses for the January 22 presentation will focus on Live-baiting for trophy striped bass; Northeast tactics that take monster Virginia Beach striped bass; Cutting-edge striper trolling; Refined flounder tactics; How to consistently locate and catch trophy flounder; Score big Chesapeake Bay flounder; Sheepshead the easy way; Sight fishing for cobia; How to excite and catch stubborn cobia; Chunking for trophy cobia; Light tackle inshore fishing for puppy drum and speckled trout; How to consistently catch drum; light tackle fishing for red and black drum; Scoring around inlets, jetties and beaches; Secrets of fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; Successful bottom- and wreck- fishing (tautog, spadefish, spot and sea bass); How to catch a trophy king mackerel; Spanish mackerel on light tackle; Deep-dropping for tile fish; How to chum like the pros (inshore and offshore); Kite fishing for trophy striped bass, king mackerel, tuna, shark and billfish; How to mix and troll natural baits and lures; Hot white marlin teaser strategies; Top white marlin baits and spreads; Top methods for catching more and larger yellowfin and bluefin tuna; Jigging for tuna; sub-surface offshore trolling for wahoo and tuna; Can’t miss dolphin tactics! “The National Seminar Series has become the nation’s longest-running and most popular educational course on recreational marine angling tactics and techniques,” says George Poveromo. “This is year number 24 for the tour and the backbone to its success has always been the vast amount of cutting edge and pertinent how-to information on catching more and bigger game fish within the waters of the respective Seminar Series stop. This information is explained in great detail by some of the very best saltwater anglers, and each session is backed by elaborate visuals that include video bytes, technical- and action-oriented images and on-stage demonstrations. One can’t help but to walk away from the seminar with numerous new tricks and techniques, regardless of their experience level”. A ticket to the Seminar Series costs just $ 55.00, and includes a comprehensive textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, One Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis (offshore tuna, dolphin and marlin and major kingfish tournaments only), a 16-ounce bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax, One spool of Sufix fishing line, and a $20.00 discount card to Capt. Harry’s Fishing supply (based on a purchase of $150.00 or more). The names of all attendees of the Virginia Beach seminar will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing to win an incredible bonefishing excursion to the Bimini Sands Resort and Marina. The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the seminar that day, and one lucky person will win the trip for two! In addition, the names of all attendees from the 2011 Seminar Series Tour will be entered into the drawing for the Super Grand Prize - a brand new Mako 18LTS Light Tackle Skiff! The drawing for the boat will take place one week after the completion of the final seminar on the tour, and one lucky winner will take home the boat! To order tickets by phone with a major credit card, call 1-800-448-7360. To order On-Line and for more information – visit: www.nationalseminarseries.com

    It is getting close to the time to elect new officers and board members for the club. If you are willing to serve, let any current board member know.

    Oct. 24, report from Rick Wineman: Fished the Triangle Wreck area today with Davie, David, Jimmy, Jody and his daughter Sarah.* First fish of the day was a nice 33" False Albacore that I caught on a diamond jig for a release citation. I thought I had a really nice bluefish. Ran across some more marks and we had multiple hook-ups of 34"+ bluefish on jigs with several release citations up to 38". Then we lost the fish and went on the troll. We would see scattered marks and then stop and catch one blue here and there on the jigs.* Then Ken called us and said they were doing pretty good jigging in the area that they were in so we headed back his way. As soon as we got back in the area that Ken was in we started getting multiple hook-ups jigging. Ended the day with everybody, including Jody's young daughter, having release citations with the largest ones at 38". We kept a few of the smaller ones for folks we know that like to eat bluefish.* Nice day on the water. Thanks Ken for calling us back over, we had a blast all day!

    Oct. 24, my offshore crew was off somewhere. It was just Wes Blow and myself. Wes had never caught a citation-sized bluefish before so we headed out to the Triangle Wrecks again. Today, the bite was on the jig. Those bluefish flat wore us out. Wes ended up with 3 citations. Wes caught a half-inch short flounder on the jig. Sore from all of the bluefish, we switched over to flounder. We caught a number of short fish and then moved to the Brass Spike where we caught 4 really nice flounder to finish the day.
    
*Oct. 24, Ric Burnley trolled for bluefish outside the Chesapeake Light Tower. Instead of bluefish they caught 200-pound class thresher sharks on Stretch 30s. Broke off one and caught two. Ric has some great photos of the threshers at: http://www.fishcrazy.info/home.html Lot of stuff going on from the Light Tower to the Triangle Wrecks.

    Oct. 24, Steve Martin fished Back River Reef for tautog. They caught one keeper.
    
Oct. 18, I ran Tricia, out to the Triangle Wrecks to get into the bluefish action we had found the day before. We did not get out there until three o'clock in the afternoon. Tricia has some weird thing about getting all of your chores done before you go fishing. I have no idea how she has gotten her priorities so messed up. Anyway, when we finally got out there, the bluefish were waiting. There were a lot more than the day before but the average size was smaller. Every one we caught on Sunday was citation-sized. Tricia got to catch a good number of 12-pound fish. I did not fight any. I just drove the boat in circles and made helpful comments like. "After you get that fish unhooked, there is another one on that rod over there". It was constant action. The one bluefish she kept weighed in at 17 pounds. I had a half-dozen spot in the livewell and some Gulp. After Tricia was done with the bluefish, we made a few drifts to try and catch a flounder. That is what we did. I caught a single, keeper flounder. The rest of the spot (and Gulp) went to medium sea bass that we released due to the little sea bass closure that is going on now.

    Oct. 18, Ric Burnley fished his kayak inside of Rudee Inlet. It was all the speckle trout that you wanted. All of the fish were small.

    Oct. 17, Steve Martin and I ran out to the Triangle Wrecks today looking for big bluefish. We found them. The action was not hot and heavy except for spurts. We caught the fish trolling Stretch 30s and Rapala Magnums. We did very little jigging. Steve caught a sea bass (released) and I had one bluefish bite on a jig but did not boat it. At one time, I was fighting a fish on a Stretch and Steve had fish on a Rapala. When he got it up, he had a fish on the back hook and another on the front hook and there were a bunch more trying to get the lure away from the other two. Somehow, Steve managed to not land any of those fish. My Rapala was cracked right down the center. We each kept a single fish to weigh in and came in early for the football games.


    Captain Charlie Taylor brings us this report:
    OCCOQUAN RIVER - The grassbed at the mouth of the river is still holding
    bass. White spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps are taking the fish. Bass
    are located on dropoffs adjacent to structure. Best results are to be had in
    6-16 feet of water on grubs, crankbaits, Chatterbaits and jig 'n pig. Crappie
    are present around submerged brush and boat docks. Live minnows are the key.
    Anglers waiting for stripers will have to wait until the water temperature
    drops a few more degrees and the shad head for the backs of the creeks.

    OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR - Bass are being caught on the main lake points, dropping
    into 15-20 feet of water. Plastic grubs, jig 'n pig and live bait are the key.
    Crappie are available around standing timber and beaver lodges. Small, live
    minnows are the proper bait.

    BURKE LAKE - A few bass are being caught on live minnows and buzzbaits, fished
    on the edges of the grassbeds and around beaver lodges.

    POTOMAC RIVER - UPPER -Smallmouth bass are biting well on live bait, but the
    fish are small. Crayfish and jumbo minnows are producing larger fish. Crappie
    are visiting the creek mouths at dawn and dusk, where live minnows are taking
    bragging size fish. Catfish and smallmouth bass are biting aggressively at the
    outflow from Dickerson Power Plant. Live minnows and small plastic grubs are
    preferred baits.

    SHENANDOAH RIVER - Smallmouth bass are active and taking any slowly-fished
    bait. Horsehead jigs with spinners are very productive during this season.
    Fish them very slowly, bumping them on the bottom every foot or so. The 1/8
    oz. size, in white, seems to be the best choice.

    RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - A few bass are being caught by knowledgeable anglers,
    fishing the blowdowns on the South shoreline of the tidal section.
    Spinnerbaits, tipped with pork chunks, are the most productive bait, but jig
    'n pig and grubs are also taking their share. Crappie are also schooled
    around structure. Blue catfish, to 35+ pounds, are still taking cut bait when
    fished in the outside bends of the main river channel. Around the Route 301
    Bridge, lots of bass are being caught on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

    MATTAPONI/PAMUNKEY RIVERS - Schooled crappie are taking small minnows and
    Beetlespins. Stripers are taking bloodworms and peeler crab baits, from Aylett
    to the York, with the best action being around the West Point bridges. White
    perch are being taken on bloodworms and small minnows. Bass action is limited,
    but some fish are being caught on flats adjacent to the river channel. Best
    baits are small crankbaits, plastic grubs and jig 'n pig. Catfish action has
    slowed.

    LAKE ANNA - Stripers are very active early and late, on the surface. During
    the day, jigging spoons and trolled, deep-diving crankbaits are the choice.
    Better areas are the mouth of Contrary Creek, Rose Valley and the area around
    Jetts Island, at the Splits. Bass are orienting to steep dropping banks and
    points. Early and late, they move up into the shallows to feed, then drop back
    down into the deeper water to hold. Large plastic grubs and jig 'n pig baits
    are the chief lures, but jumbo minnows will out-produce them. Boat docks in
    deep water (8-15 feet) are also holding bass that will readily take Shakey
    head baits. Crappie are schooled tight, with the larger fish suspending over
    creek channels in the backs of the creeks. Beaver lodges are holding lots of
    crappie, as well.

    CHICKAHOMINY RIVER - Bass are holding on dropoffs on the main river, as well
    as the creeks. Concentrate on the dropoffs at the edge of lily pad fields.
    Diascund Creek is producing well with bottom-fished lures, near wood structure
    in deeper water. Mann's Stingray grubs are producing well for bass, but small
    crankbaits, jig 'n pig and live minnows are taking more fish. Yellow perch and
    crappie fishing is excellent throughout the river. Live minnows and grubs are
    the better choice for bait. Stripers are available for those who are fishing
    for them. Jumbo minnows, Rat-l-Traps and Rebel Fastrak Minnows are the more
    productive baits.

    CHICKAHOMINY LAKE - Pickerel, bass and crappie are all being caught on live
    bait around the submerged brushpiles and shoreline points. Some of the bass
    and crappie are of trophy size. Yamamoto Baby Senkos are taking lots of bass
    and pickerel when flipped to the base of cypress trees, adjacent to dropoffs.
    Some catfish and stripers are also being caught in the lake. Stripers are
    running 6-10 pounds and are taking Cordell Red Fins.

    LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Water level is still down almost seven feet. Lots of
    crappie are being caught, along with pickerel and largemouth bass. Live
    minnows are taking most of the fish, but plastic worms are accounting for some
    trophy bass. Most of the fish are caught on points throughout the lake.

    WALLER MILL RESERVOIR - Fishing for bass, stripers and crappie is good. Bass
    are taking crankbaits and plastic worms, while stripers are taking topwater
    baits and Sassy Shads. Crappie are responding well to live minnows.

    JAMES RIVER - Tidal areas are not producing well, as most of the creeks are
    very shallow. When steep dropoffs are found in the creeks, however, bass are
    normally stacked up in the holes. Jig 'n pig, plastic grubs and small, deep-
    diving crankbaits are the ticket for these fish. Yellow perch are taking small
    spinnerbaits, grubs and horsehead jigs, fished on the bottom around wood
    structure. The barge pits are producing lots of crappie and bass. Just below
    the city, lots of smallmouth bass are being taken, along with a number of
    largemouth bass. Most of the fish are coming from the steep banks on the North
    side of the river, above the I-295 bridge. Small spinnerbaits, plastic grubs,
    jig 'n pig and live bait are the best choice of bait. Some stripers are being
    taken from pilings in the Hog Island area and around the power lines
    downstream from Jordan Point. Blue catfish, to 35+ pounds, are taking large
    strips of cut shad, fished in the outside bends of the river channel.

    LAKE CHESDIN - Largemouth bass and crappie are biting well. Occasional
    stripers are hitting topwater lures early and late in the day, while most
    anglers go after bass and crappie in between. Spinnerbaits and live minnows
    are the most productive baits for all species.

    BACK BAY - Some nice puppy drum are being caught at the Causeway on squid,
    bucktails and shad. Stripers are also being caught on shad and bucktails.
    Bass, to seven pounds, are being caught in the creeks, on low, outgoing tides.
    Along with the bass, are white perch, yellow perch, catfish and the occasional
    bowfin. Some nice crappie are also available in the creeks.

    SUFFOLK LAKES - Bass action is on and off in all the lakes, with the fish
    being taken by anglers using live minnows, jig 'n pig and plastic grubs.
    Crappie are schooled and taking live minnows. The best crappie fishing is in
    Lake Meade, while the better shellcrackers are coming from Western Branch. A
    few stripers are being taken on jumbo minnows and trolled Rebel Fastrak
    Minnows. Catfish are still biting in Lake Smith. Very few anglers are out.

    LAKE GASTON - Striper fishing is excellent. Topwater lures early and late in
    the day, and live alewives, bucktails and rattling lures are best during the
    day. The main river channel downlake is the best area to hunt, paying
    particular attention to areas with 16-24 feet of water. Bass anglers are doing
    well on main lake points, adjacent to channels and in the creeks, where the
    channel bends close to the bank. Any slow-fished lure will take the bass when
    shad are present in the area. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are taking bass from
    the grass beds throughout the lake. Crappie are schooled around brush piles
    and solid structure, particularly the Pea Hill and Lizard Creek bridges.

    BUGGS ISLAND LAKE - Fishing improved this past week. Crappie anglers are
    loading coolers with 1-3 pound fish, using small minnows over brushpiles and
    around bridge pilings. Bass may be taken in shallow water, holding on
    rockpiles in backs of pockets. They may also be found holding on points or
    wood cover in 4-6 feet or water, and on humps, road beds and ledges, in
    10-14 feet of water, near dropoffs into river or creek channels. Depending on
    depth, most productive lures are slowly retrieved crankbaits, plastic grubs or
    spider jigs, jig 'n pig and jigging spoons. Stripers are active, hitting Sassy
    Shads on 1/4 ounce jig heads, fished under the schools of shad minnows, close
    to the shoreline.

    SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Striper fishing is fair, and should only get better with
    the colder temperatures coming in this week. Live shad or alewives are the
    better bait, fished in submerged standing timber in the coves. Trolling with
    bucktails will also produce some fish, as will topwater lures when the big
    fish are feeding on shad schools. Bass fishing is good to excellent when they
    are pulling water. Otherwise, catching is fair. Most of the fish are taking
    smoke/purple or salt/pepper plastic worms, jig 'n pig and plastic grubs in the
    backs of coves or topwater baits on downlake points. Suspending Shad Raps are
    also taking bass in the coves when fished over the dropoffs and points. When
    schools are bait are found, fish a lipless, rattling crankbait through the
    schools, banging into the shad. This technique will bring bone-jarring strikes
    from largemouth bass. Crappie are being caught on live minnows and tiny jigs
    over brushpiles in 10 feet of water. Trout are biting well on the Roanoke
    River.

    LEESVILLE RESERVOIR - White bass and striper action has picked up. Live
    alewives and crankbaits are taking both species of fish. Lots of rock bass
    are being caught. The redeyes are taking small minnows and jigs.

    LAKE MOOMAW - Smallmouth bass are being taken by anglers fishing jig 'n pig
    and spinnerbaits on points, dropping into 20+ feet of water. Catfish and
    yellow perch are the most consistent catches. Trout fishing is good in the
    Jackson River, below the dam.

    CLAYTOR LAKE - Fishing is slow. Striper action is still good on topwater
    lures, early and late in the day. Crappie are biting regularly on tiny jigs
    and minnows, fished over brushpiles.

    CLINCH RIVER - Some good smallmouths, 2-3 pounds, are being caught, along with
    drum to three pounds and some catfish.

    SOUTH HOLSTON RESERVOIR - Smallmouth anglers are catching a few fish, using
    spinnerbaits in shallow water, near dropoffs, and jig 'n pig in deeper water,
    off ledges.

    NEW RIVER - Top water lures continue to take many smallmouth bass. Best method
    has topwaters fished with no action, and Rapalas twitched quickly under the
    surface.

    PHILPOTT LAKE - Smallmouth bass to 5 3/4 pounds are being caught on live
    minnows and brown plastic grubs in 15-20 feet of water. Largemouth bass are
    taking spinnerbaits, jig 'n pig and plastic worms on points adjacent to creek
    channels. Crappie and catfish are still taking live bait. Trout action has
    been good on the Smith River.

    TROUT STREAMS - Good catches of trout for anglers using nymphs, streamers, and
    small spinners in the Tye River. The South Fork of the Holston River in Smyth
    County is also providing anglers with nice catches. Rainbow trout are hitting
    nymphs fished just under the surface at Silver Lake in Rockingham County.
    Another good spot for trout fishermen is the Tomahawk Pond in Shenandoah
    County.

    Have a good week fishing!
    Brandon, Chief Angler, TidalFish.com

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