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  • VIRGINIA FISHING REPORTS Chesapeake Bay, Inshore, Offshore & Freshwater Virginia Fishing Report Updated March 28, 2011

    Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports (Covering the Chesapeake Bay and Offshore
    Virginia Waters)


    Quick update from Queens Creek Outfitters: Queens Creek fishing and hunting supplies will reopen for business on Monday, April 18th.**Pat and Jerry Thrash have returned from their winter hideaway in Florida and will reopen their bait and tackle and service operation as the spring fishing season begins.**Fishing equipment requiring service or repair will also be accepted after the 18th.

    For the past five years the Thrashes have closed their store at the end of the bay striped bass season and reopened in mid-April in time for the start of the flounder season. To celebrate their reopening, Pat and Jerry are offering a 10% discount on all purchases in the month of April. Jerry's weekly fishing reports will resume on Tidal Fish on May 1st.

    Queens Creek Outfitters is located at 2066 Buckley Hall Road, Cobbs
    Creek, across from the Get-N-Zip.**Tel 804-725-3889, website:
    www.queenscreek.com.**Email: [email protected].
    **Early season store
    hours are 8-5 M-F, 8-1 Sat.**Hours adjust with the season.

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

    Now that spring is officially here, anglers are in a rush to hit the water. Although a little breezy lately, many folks are still making it out to wet a hook. And whether they catch or not, most agree it’s just good to get out on the water.

    Tautog are still the main attraction. As the inshore tog bite continues to heat up, anglers are finding keeper fish all over the lower Bay. Most fish are weighing around 3 to 7-pounds, with a few fish pushing to over 10-pounds this week. Most anglers are targeting fish on the Bay Bridge Tunnel tubes, but the Concrete Ships, and several lower Bay wrecks and rock piles are also giving up keeper-sized tog. Both crabs and fiddler crabs are working well to entice bites within Bay waters. Coastal wrecks and deep water wrecks are also producing good numbers of nice fish, with the best catches coming on crabs. A few folks using clams are catching smaller fish.

    Anglers are trying their luck at flounder with mixed results. The better catches of flatfish are coming on the outgoing tide around the 8-mile marker along the Bridge Tunnel. The winning bait is drifted squid or cut bait. Anglers are also finding keepers around the 3rd and 4th islands. On the Eastern Shore, action in the usual flounder hot spots in Quincy, Wachapreague, and Oyster is beginning to heat up, with reports of some keeper flatties rolling in.

    Striped bass along the coast will become officially off limits at end of the month, but most anglers will hardly notice. With the quickly rising water temperatures, rockfish reports are scarce. Most fish are now in the tributary rivers for their spawning rituals. A few reports of Taylor bluefish are also coming from the oceanfront this week.

    Speckled trout action is slowing up, but a few nice fish are still taking baits in some areas in the Elizabeth River. The best catches are coming from north of the Gilmerton Bridge, where anglers are finding scattered specks to around four pounds. Mirrolures are still enticing the most strikes. This action will continue to slow through the end of the month.

    Puppy drum are still providing good action in the Elizabeth River. These young redfish are aggressive feeders and offer a great fight on light tackle. A few pups reaching to over 35-inches are coming from the Hot Ditch area on most any type of grub or lure.

    The croaker are here, but no official reports of hook and line catches are occurring as of yet. That’s not keeping folks from trying, though as tackle shops are reporting good sales of blood worms this week. With a few more warm days, the hard head action should take off.

    Not many boats are making it to deep drop territory since the wind is keeping most folks closer to shore lately. Once boats can get out, a variety of tilefish, grouper, and blackbellied rosefish are waiting. The dogfish are still around, but they should move out soon.

    Those trying their luck in North Carolina on their own boats are still faring well with the large bluefin tuna. Some of these schools are moving northward. Many of these fish are ranging from 100-250-pounds.



    Ken Neill reports in from the Tidal Virginia Beach:

    Bluefin tuna are still stealing the show. The fish moved northward this past week, with the bite moving north of The Point. Joining the tuna fishing fleet was a pod of Orcas also interested in these bluefin tuna. Killer whales are a rare sight in our waters. The bluefin have moved north far enough that boats are gearing up to make the run for them out of Virginia. Tautog are receiving most of the attention in the Chesapeake Bay and in the coastal waters. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is producing good tog catches. The bay water has warmed enough that any structure in the bay should be holding some active tautog. The coastal wrecks are still producing good catches with the Triangle Reef area being a favorite destination for toggers. Sea bass still remains closed which has really slowed up offshore bottom fishing. Flounder are starting to receive more attention but catches remain scattered. Croaker are here but I have only heard of gillnet catches so far. Big red drum are on the way. They will be biting on the Eastern Shore by the next full moon.

    March 21, I was one of the speakers at the Catchin' For Kids Sportfishing Show. Robert Smith (mate on the Reel Escape) was at the show. They had a charter out of Hatteras the day before. His report was big seas and no tuna. It was too rough to get north to the bluefin bite. There were some bluefin and yellowfin caught on Friday close to Hatteras but Saturday it was all false albacore (still great bluefin action out of Oregon Inlet). He said that he had a cooler of false albacore in his truck if I wanted them. I said sure, that we would feed them to some grouper. It was not a great fishing report as we were scheduled to fish the following day with our friends on the Big Tahuna: www.bigtahuna.com . A group of us go down to Hatteras and fish with them each year. We always have a good time and get in some offshore action when we are tired of waiting for Virginia offshore season to start. The forecast was marginal with winds to 30 kts expected by the afternoon. The morning started off calm and we thought about making the run to the 700 line area where the bluefin bite has been. We decided to stay closer to Hatteras and fish where they had caught some tuna Friday. We trolled and jigged and never caught a tuna. By mid-morning, it was howling so we had made the best weather decision, just not a good tuna decision. We caught a bunch of false albacore and a variety of jacks. We had some shark encounters.* We came in early when the waves started to break into the cockpit. We now have an abundance of bait for deep-dropping and flounder strips. We had fun catching bait. Now, if those bluefin will just stay put, they are close enough for a run out of Virginia Beach. The Hatteras yellowfin bite should take off any day now.

    March 17, Capt. Rick Wineman trailered his boat down to Oregon Inlet. They jigged for bluefin tuna, hooking two large fish at the same time. The fish went in opposite directions. One reel got spooled. The other line got rapped around the prop but they somehow managed to clear it. The fight continued until the rod broke. Then they managed to splice the line to another rod. They got that fish in, an impressive 75-inch bluefin for Mike Avery. You can read the full report at: www.getanetsportfishing.com/Reports/ .

    March 13, I ran out to the Triangle Wrecks to fish for tautog. The togs were waiting. I caught 25 fish, keeping a 4-fish limit. The kept fish were all in the 21 to 22 inch range. The rest were tagged and released. I caught one fish that had a tag in it. It turns out that I had tagged that same fish, on that same wreck, 357 days prior.

    March 5, no trophy rockfish, citation-sized tautog or sea monsters from the deep. It was much slower than our last several trips. We spent most of the day on the Triangle Wrecks. Obviously not knowing the secret spot, we caught very few tautog. Actually, the total was 5 and I see no reason to report that Steve Martin caught 4 of those. Cod seem to be getting bigger and Wes Blow caught our 2 largest so far. Still not the big cod that they have up north but a nice bycatch on a slow tog day. Never saw another boat all day. We did make a side trip offshore to the Ocean Venture to see if we could get a tog out there to eat our crab baits. We caught some big sea bass that were let go. It was so slow that Wes actually kept (and ate) a spiny dogfish. He said it was not bad.

    March 2, Steve Martin and Jerald Abraham fished the Hot Ditch and had a good day. They caught 25 speckled trout to 22 inches long and 10 puppy drum to 29 inches long.

    March 2, Danny Forehand fished the Triangle Wrecks. They found the fishing slow, catching a few tautog and a couple of cod.

    Feb. 27, Brandon Bartlett fished out of Hatteras. They hooked 6 bluefin managing to bring two to the boat. The one they kept weighed almost 300 pounds.

    Feb. 27, Richie Moore went out into the York River and found some striped bass. They caught and released fish in the 40-inch range.

    Feb. 27, Don Crist fished out of Oregon Inlet and trolled for tuna. Before they could get their second line out, they were hooked up to a big bluefin. That one weighed in at 228 pounds. They tangled with 5 more before they called it a day. They were around the 40400 line.

    Feb. 27, Joey Stratton fished the Elizabeth River. Casting lures, they caught 10 small speckled trout. Joey caught one that was not so small, 26.5 inches and 6 pounds.

    Feb. 27, David Brabrand fished out of Oregon Inlet. They found some striped bass off of Duck. Their largest fish weighed in at 45 pounds. Back at the dock, there were some nice bluefin tuna being brought in.

    Feb. 27, we believe in sea monsters. Each time we head out bottom fishing in the deep, we hook up with something that we just cannot handle. Sometimes, it is a grouper with an attitude that just takes us down into the rocks and breaks us off. We know that happens as on our last trip out there, Roger Burnley had one get him hung in the rocks and he did the tautog trick of just giving the fish slack for a while and sure enough, it swam back out. Roger had it coming up and it went back in the rocks again. Free spool again and the trick worked a second time and this time he got it up. It was a 50-pound snowy grouper. Nice fish but no sea monster. Other times, someone will hook into something that just will not come off of the bottom at all and eventually something breaks: angler, leader, rod, line, or hook. We know that there are big sharks, grouper and wreckfish that get into the hundreds of pounds and we expect to tangle with a secret population of Atlantic halibut sometime we are out there. It is never good to lose a fish after going toe to toe for an hour or so and we always wonder what it was that just broke our tackle. Wes Blow really hates it and he had John Bishop make him a custom rod just to handle these monsters. He still needs to get a new reel and harness for it but for this trip, he went with his old reel. He had his grouper rigs tied with huge hooks and 300-pound leader. Wes was hunting for sea monsters. He hooked one and got into another one of those bad fights. I thought Wes was going to break his back. It turned out the 300-pound leader broke first. Wes was out of action for a little bit. Bernie Sparrer hooked up to what seemed like a nice grouper and had it coming up. It went back down and broke him off in the rocks. Wes was re-rigged and had stretched out his back so back into the fray he went and hooked up to something big again. He said this not in the same class as the last one but it still looked like a pretty good fight to me. He would get it up a ways and them it would go back down again. Overtime, Wes gained more than the fish could take back. Roger said, “Look at the size of that air bubble coming up”. We often will see air bubbles ahead of tilefish or grouper but Roger was not seeing bubbles. He had the first glimpse of Wes’ sea monster. It turned out to be an odd-looking shark. Counting the long tail, about 12-feet long and very fat. The thing had some wicked teeth. It did not have a dorsal fin where a shark is supposed to have one. It had a single dorsal fin back near the tail. It behaved pretty well until we tried to control it with a gaff and remove the hook. Wes was leaning over the boat and trying to get the hook out. I think the thing wanted to eat Wes so it was released with the hook still there. We did catch a nice snowy grouper, some black belly rosefish, all the spiny dogfish you could want and we did catch some blueline tilefish (one citation-sized). We spent most of the time deep trying to avoid sea bass but still caught some of those which were released.

    Feb. 20, we headed out of Rudee Inlet to find big waves and birds working right outside of the inlet. It looked good. We joined a couple of other boats trolling the area. We did not get a quick bite so we picked them up and ran south. We were sorry we did. No fish and big following seas were going to make for a miserable ride back. The fish were not where we left them last week...we kept going. 32 miles south of the inlet, we found the birds. Actually, there were gannets everywhere, all along the coast but these were thick and working 1/2 mile off of the beach. It never stopped. Birds and fish were feeding all day. We constantly caught fish for 8 full hours when we finally gave up. The fish never did. We started out trolling, all of the rods would go down, then whoever was not on a trolling rod would break out their jigs and hook up. Eventually, we just put away the trolling gear and just jigged them. The fish were feeding on large herring, maybe 10 inches long. They were fresh enough that they looked like they should still be alive when they were spit up on the deck. Everyone is sore today. We kept our limit of big rockfish letting the largest go. We registered 10 citations, 9 releases and there were more we did not measure. Ric kept his first weight citation rockfish at 42 pounds. We had a number of others in the 40 something pound range that were let go. By the afternoon, the wind had calmed down and it was a nice ride back to the inlet.


    Virginia Freshwater Reports:

    OCCOQUAN RIVER - A few herring showed in the river this past week. Bass have pulled back into deeper water, but with warmer weather, should once again be up shallow, feeding and looking for nesting sites. Crappie are biting well around the boat docks and catfish are biting well in the river channel. Fish small shad darts in the back end near the rocks for shad and don't be surprised at what you catch. Just about any fish in the river will take these lures. Crappie are to be found in flooded brush, or suspended over deeper water, adjacent to structure, and may be taken on small jigs or live minnows. White perch may be taken on bottom rigs with nightcrawlers or live minnows, tiny Hopkins spoons or very small grubs. Largemouth bass are prowling the shallows, adjacent to deeper water in late evenings, after the sun has warmed the water a little. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits, small shad colored crankbaits and small plastic baits are taking good sized fish. Channel and blue catfish are biting well on cut herring or clam snouts.

    OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR - Bass are being caught by anglers fishing main lake coveswith jig 'n pig and slow-rolled spinnerbaits. The bucks are up on the flats in the back of the shallow coves, while the females are hanging just off the flats in a little deeper water. Crappie have moved into the coves with brush and standing timber. Most of the good fish are being caught in 8-10 feet of water on live minnows and tiny jigs. Catfish action is fair, needing higher water temperatures to turn on good.

    BURKE LAKE - Bass action is fair to good, with good fish being taken on crankbaits, buzzbaits and plastic lures, fished in the shallow coves on the north side of the lake, adjacent to deeper water. An occasional muskie is caught by anglers trolling large Believers or spinners. Some crappie, but sizes are small.

    LAKE CURTIS - Surprisingly good action in this small lake. Bass, to six pounds, are being taken on suspending jerk baits in shallow coves on the North side of the lake. Catfish are also suckers for the jerk baits, but they are located near the rip-rap and adjacent to the old creek channel.

    FARM PONDS - These small bodies of water are prime for big bass and crappie fishing. Topwater lures, small crankbaits and plastic worms will take good numbers of bass, including some large fish. Crappie and bluegill will take small minnows, tiny jigs and spinners.

    POTOMAC RIVER - UPPER - The river is high and muddy, but some smallmouth bass were caught this past weekend, primarily on tiny crankbaits, such as the Bill Norman Tiny Deep "N". The vegetation beds along the banks are some of the better places to try at this time of year, as the bass are invading these patches to feed on the small minnows clustered there. Catfish action is good, with the whiskered fish taking cut bait, nightcrawlers, clam snouts and bloodworms. Carp are hitting almost anything put in front of them.

    RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - Lots of big blue catfish are being caught, up to 35 pounds. Hickory shad and herring are in evidence throughout the river, along with a few white shad. A few fish should be caught from the Route 1 bridge area this weekend, by waders with flyrods and light spinning gear. Tidal water bass and stripers are also taking small shad-colored crankbaits and plastic grubs and worms, fished in and around the blowdowns below the city. Smallmouth anglers are catching smallmouth bass on large minnows.

    SHENANDOAH RIVER - Smallmouth bass are taking live minnows. Flyrodders are taking some bass and bluegills on nymphs and wooly worms. Crappie anglers are taking fish on live minnows. Catfish action is excellent, with many fish in the 12 pound class.

    MATTAPONI/PAMUNKEY RIVERS - The white perch run is in full swing, along with some yellow perch that are still being caught. Some herring, a few shad, and plenty of catfish rounded out the catches. The headwaters of the rivers are producing some decent catches of bass and pickerel. Stripers are available throughout the rivers.

    LAKE ANNA - Anglers will find 2-8 pound largemouth bass consistently hitting suspending crankbaits and jerkbaits, or gold, willow leaf spinnerbaits, worked in shallow water. Main lake coves are the better producing spots downlake, while the areas around willow grass beds are the better choices uplake. Crankbaits cast into 3-6 feet of water are also taking good fish. Crappie are congregated around beaver huts, bridges and submerged fish structures. Channel catfish are taking cut fish or shrimp baits aggressively. Striper fishing is inconsistent, with most of the fish being taken uplake, as the fish are staging their false spawning run. Best baits are chartreuse Sassy Shads, Storm swim baits and living rubber bucktails.

    JAMES RIVER - Below the city, around the 95 bridge, some white perch are being caught on bloodworms. Catfish, some very large, are taking cut herring in the outside channel bends of the main river. Striped bass are taking Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits, as they start their spawning run. Sassy Shads and grubs are the ticket for smallmouth bass, while cut bait and nightcrawlers are tempting the bream and catfish. Largemouth bass are moving into the shallows, staging for the spawn. Shallow sand or gravel banks, adjacent to deeper water is the proper place to find these fish. Best choice of baits is plastic grubs and slow-rolled spinnerbaits.

    LAKE CHESDIN - Bass fishing has been excellent for 2-8 pound fish along sunny banks with submerged grass beds. Preferred baits include spinnerbaits, rattling crankbaits and jigs. Main lake points with stump fields are also producing well. Crappie are being caught on blowdowns in coves and creeks, around brushpiles, in 5-12 feet of water. Catfish, in the three pound class,
    being caught throughout the lake.

    CHICKAHOMINY RIVER - Bass action is good, with the better fish holding on dropoffs and points, where tidal action is swift. Small plastic grubs or worms and jig 'n pig baits are the ticket, allowing them to be swept along the bottom by the tide. Deep diving crankbaits are also taking some fish off points and dropoffs with cover available. Yellow perch are thick in the river, taking small crankbaits, spinners and plastic grubs. Catfish are active, with fish to 25 pounds being taken this past week. Herring and shad are taking small shad darts and small spoons. White perch are biting well throughout the river.

    CHICKAHOMINY LAKE - Bream are beginning to hit, particularly on flyrod bugs, fished slowly. Bass and pickerel fishing is generally good, with minnows being the better choice for bait, although some fish are taking Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits, fished in the lily pads, near deeper water. Some large bass are taking buzzbaits, fished over the grass. Bowfin action is excellent, with many fish in the eight pound class. Crappie anglers are concentrating on the cypress knees with small minnows and tiny crappie jigs.

    LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - The lake is at full pool and stained. Water temp is at 54 degrees. Fishing is fair to good. Bass and pickerel are found in 2-12 feet of water, on points, and biting well, with best results coming on rattling crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig 'n pig. Crappie and yellow perch are holding in 6-8 feet of water, just off bedding areas. Better baits are minnows and curly tailed jigs.

    BACK BAY - Good fishing for white perch, catfish, crappie and bass. Most of the action is taking place in Hellespoint Creek, West Neck Creek, Pocaty Creek and around Knott's Island. When the winds allow, anglers are taking some good bass from the outside edges of the grassbeds at the south end of the Bay. Spinnerbaits are the preferred bait. Catfish action is excellent throughout the bay.

    SUFFOLK LAKES - Bass action is excellent, with Lakes Western Branch, Prince, Burnt Mills and Cohoon producing good numbers of bass over five pounds this past week. Stripers are also biting well in Prince, with best results coming on minnows. Crappie are available in all the lakes and shellcracker are beginning to bite in Burnt Mills and Prince. Walleye are the chief quarry in Lake Whitehurst, with some fish over five pounds being caught on live minnows.

    LAKE GASTON - Largemouth bass are biting well. Look for the warmest water and throw spinnerbaits into the shallows. Retrieve the lures at medium or fast speeds and you should catch fish. The weekend should have the upper and lower creeks lightly stained and the main lake clear. Rattling crankbaits should also work well. A good number of nice fish are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards, fished in the creek channels in the backs of the creeks. Pickerel are hitting shad colored crankbaits off the willow grass beds in the creeks. Crappie fishing is good, with most of the better catches being made around brushpiles and bridge pilings. Striper fishing is off slightly, but fish are still being caught on live shad. Stripers are actively feeding below Kerr Dam on bucktails, jigs and flat plugs. Below the Roanoke Rapids Bridge, stripers are also being caught in the N.C. tidal waters of the Roanoke River, but the action is strictly catch and release, as the season is closed.

    BUGGS ISLAND LAKE - Some good catches of bass are being made on main lake points on jig 'n pig, slow-rolled spinnerbaits and rattling crankbaits. Bass are also being caught by anglers fishing the willows on main lake points with black/blue jig 'n pig, chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. The lunker pattern is to fish rip-rap with spinnerbaits. Lots of shad are present in the shallow water around the rocks and trophy largemouth are up after them. With the water level at the 303 mark, some good bass are hunkered down in the bushes. Flippin' jig 'n pig or plastic baits will get them out. Don't neglect jerk baits, fished parallel to the bushes early and late in the day. Stripers are being caught from buoys 2-8, trolling deep diving Cordell Redfins. Stripers are also being caught at Palmers Point, Keats, Eastland and Butchers Creeks on live bait and bottom fishing with cut shad. Crappie anglers are taking coolers of good sized crappie from brushpiles in 6-10 feet of water on small minnows and tiny jigs. Below Kerr Dam, anglers are catching walleye on small bucktails and Rat-L-Traps.

    BRIERY CREEK LAKE - A bunch of large bass are being caught, with a couple over the eight pound mark being caught last week. The larger bass were taken on live minnows and jig 'n pig. Plenty of 2-4 pound catfish are caught on chicken livers, as well as a number of large bream on nightcrawlers. Crappie and pickerel are also doing well.

    SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent, with a number of fish weighing over five pounds being caught last week. Small jigs, and pumpkin, blue-flash or smoke colored, four inch plastic worms are the better choice for lures. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also taking some fish. Fish the rocky areas in the backs of the creeks and coves. Small stripers are being taken between the islands at the lower end of the lake in shallow water. Stripers are also active on the points in Craddock and Witcher Creeks. Fish bucktails in 2-8 feet of water and live shad or alewives at 15 feet. Crappie are biting well on live minnows.

    LEESVILLE RESERVOIR - Big stripers are coming from the lake and from below the dam. Redfins are the preferred bait for the stripers, while live minnows, jigs, grubs and rattling crankbaits are taking the other species. Some large walleye are being taken by anglers targeting these fish.

    LAKE MOOMAW - Some nice trout are being caught, but smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is good, with best action being in the upper end of the lake. A few northern pike are being caught, and yellow perch and crappie biting well.

    PHILPOTT LAKE - Varied catches from the lake. Minnows and jigs are taking largemouth and smallmouth bass, with some of the fish exceeding five pounds. Occasional large bass are taking topwater baits. Brown trout are taken on Shad Raps and nightcrawlers. Small minnows are taking crappie on the lower end of the lake. Walleye are taking nightcrawlers, fished on the bottom. From the Smith River, a number of rainbow trout, 3-5 pounds, have been caught.

    SOUTH HOLSTON RESERVOIR - Fishing is picking up. Crappie are hitting around creek mouths, on small minnows or chartreuse jigs. A few smallmouth bass are taking live bait or jig 'n pig on main lake points. Some trout are being caught at Weirs Dam. Lots of walleye anglers are out on the upper lake, with some good fish, to 12 pounds, being caught. Some flathead catfish, to 20 pounds, are being taken on cut bait.

    CLAYTOR LAKE - Good numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass, along with a few Kentucky bass are being caught. Most of the bass are taking rattling crankbaits, live minnows and spinnerbaits. Flathead catfish, to 20 pounds, were weighed in this past week, taken on large minnows. A few white bass and stripers were also caught on crankbaits.

    TROUT STREAMS - Most streams throughout the state are full. They are clear and falling however, and trout fishing continues to be good. Dry flies and nymphs should do well in all National Forest streams. The Powell River in Lee County is producing good trout on small Mepps spinners, Shyster spinners and small spoons. Other good streams producing large trout are Maggadee Creek, North River and Upper North River and Elk Horn River. Large nymphs, such as Hare's Ear or Red Squirrel are producing well. Excellent fishing in Rockbridge County on the Maury and Mill Creek. Big Stoney is also producing some nice catches of rainbow and brown trout. Best baits for spin fishermen are small black Mepps, while fly fishermen should try olive or cream color stream nymphs in a size eight. Good hatches are coming off the streams in the Western part of the state. Blue Olives in 14, 16 and 18, Quill Gordon, Black Caddis in 16 and 18, and tan Mottled Caddis in 12 and 14 are working best. Rainbows over 20 inches in length are being taken from the Jackson River.


    Have a good week fishing,
    Brandon White, Chief Angler, Tidalfish.com

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