RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports storms continue to frustrate anglers near Port Royal, even though the fish are biting. Stained water and grass are making it tough to locate bass. Catfish are biting, mostly on fresh-cut bream, but rain and swarming mosquitoes have made it difficult to get out and pursue them in the evenings.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports rainy days make for good top water action. Buzz baits, grass frogs or poppers will catch bass over grass flats. Follow up with a wacky rigged stick worm in the same areas. Marsh runoffs hold bass (although most are smallish) that like a 4-inch rib worm Texas-rigged with a light sinker. Spatterdock fields give up bass to a small spinnerbait waked just under the surface. Snakeheads continue to interrupt lures being retrieved through grass beds.
LAKE ANNA: McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service (540/894-3540) reports water temps in the low to mid 80s. Stripers can be found between the first two bridges and the marinas, and in the mouths of main lake creeks like Mitchell, Pigeon, Marshall and Ware. Tty trolling, spooning and fishing live bait (gizzard shad, blueback herring) on downlines. Look for striper 25-35 feet deep. Largemouth bass anglers have been doing well using topwaters, or drop back and fish shaky worms in brush. Don’t overlook schooled bass on bait in the down lake region over open water humps and in the backs of select creeks. Crappie are around shade. . Try a small crankbait on light line that dives 10 feet around up lake rocks, or small minnows under slip bobbers for the best results.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature in the mid 80s and clear with bass schooling up on bait fish and living in the grassy areas uplake. The crappie are hanging out in 8-10 feet of water feeding on bait fish. A few nice walleye have been caught on night crawlers and minnows worked along rocky areas down lake (near the dam).