RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: The water is still muddy in Fredericksburg, and Chris Hicks says the river Port Royal won't clear until at least 36 hours after conditions improve at the City Dock. He said water looks like "chocolate" at the moment, with only two boats venturing on the water last weekend. With little rain in the immediate future, there's hope for the weekend.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports plastics are attracting bass. Grass frogs, buzz frogs and popping frogs worked over main river and creek grass beds draw strong hits from bass and the occasional snakehead. Plastic worms, both 9- or 4-inch finesse worms, worked along defined grass edges in the creeks or in front of marsh run offs can collect quality bass. Wacky rigged stick worms are a good follow-up bait.
LAKE ANNA: Jim Hemby of Lake Anna Striper Guide Service (jimhemby.com) reports plenty of striper schools roaming the main lake. When the nights begin to cool, there will be a bait migration to the backs of the creeks and the stripers will turn on in very shallow water. For now, use your depth finder to locate schools, primarily over 25-35-foot flats. The best catches come on live bait, especially herring. Mainlake points, humps, roadbeds, brush and rock piles and bridges are holding bass. Deep-diving crankbaits are working well along with jigs tipped with worms. Try the Route 208 bridge in 22 feet of water, or marina docks. Crappie are holding on all the bridge pilings uplake and on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water. Catfish can be caught basically everywhere there is live bait present.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler's Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature in the mid 80s and stained. Bass are being caught on topwater in low lights and plastics during midday. Crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs around the fishing pier and deep brush. We've been catching some nice white perch lately on small crankbaits. The catfishing seems to be best around mid lake.