RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: No report.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports the heavy rains affected water clarity but most waters remain fishable. The usual top water tactics along marsh banks, grass beds or spatterrdock fields will take bass and snakeheads. Spinner baits, chatter baits, shallow crank baits, plastics and swim jigs in grass beds will catch bass. Bass are responding to finesse worms. The snakehead population is high this year. They love bass lures but leave your most expensive lures in the box; the snakeheads will destroy them.
LAKE ANNA: With water temps in the upper 70s, Carlos Woods reports bass are off the beds, but staying in fairly shallow water gorging themselves with small bait and spawning blue gills. Now is the time to throw poppers, buzzbaits, insect bait or suspending jerkbaits. Fish areas close to structure and shade but stay off the main lake. Striper have settled from the power plant up past the splits to the bridges. Fish shallow in the morning, then move deeper in the afternoon. Sassy shad, sea shad, spoons and live bait are producing nice fish. The crappie spawn is over, but bluegill/sunfish spawn is beginning. Live worms and very small poppers will do the trick around boat docks and bulk heads. Crappie are reschooling and moving to deeper structure and bridges. Minnow and 2-inch grubs will produce some nice slabs.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Anglers Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature is around the mid 70s and stained with bass being caught on topwater and a variety of plastics. Crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs in 10-12 feet vof water. Catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. The walleye bite has picked up with some nice fish being caught in the flats on bait fish and crawlers.