I heard from a friend of mine who lives in Cape Henry Shores, that Speckled Trout were biting off his dock the weekend after Christmas. So on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning December 30th, I went to check it out. I fished out of my jon boat. At about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning I caught my first keeper trout of the season. I fished the whole out going tide that was high at 1:18 a.m. I was using Gulp Alive Shrimp, Gulp Alive Swimming Mullet, and Berkley Swim Baits. I caught trout on all of them, but mostly the shrimp. I caught a pile of little trout, as I have done this whole fall season in Lynnhaven near Broad Bay, but the fish pictured here was the first one over 14 inches long. I then wondered, "If trout have shown back up in Lynnhaven Inlet, are they in the Elizabeth River?" Thus on Saturday 1/2/16 I took a trip to the ER. Long story short, I caught no trout in the ER. We did catch 10 rockfish, most of which were small, but no trout. The rockfish pictured was 23 inches long and was caught in the cove on a Berkley Swim Bait. We fished way up Deep Creek and caught nothing. We came back down near the old hot ditch and we found some more rockfish near the mouth of the cove, both inside and out, and on the drop off in front of Chesapeake Yacht Inc. (FYI you can no longer launch from Chesapeake Yacht.) We saw a good amount of bait, but no trout. I am afraid the "Hot Ditch" as we once knew it, is done. Between no more hot water, an extreme fish kill in the winter of 2015, and poachers, the Elizabeth River, at least in the Deep Creek area, has changed drastically from last year at this time. I am hopeful it will come back in the future, but I am afraid that will not be the case. This is my report.
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