RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports the water is finally clearing near Port Royal, presenting opportunities for anglers who have been unable to fish for the past two weeks because of the mud, trash and high water. “Everything is brand new,” he said.

POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports the water is as hot as a sauna but the bass don’t seem to mind. The low light top water bite is strong with aggressive bass hitting poppers or frogs over grass flats as well as in pad fields. Wood cover continues to produce when fished with finesse worms or wacky worms. The biggest bass seem to be taken by flipping or pitching jig-and-craw combos around dock pilings or isolated pieces of wood.

LAKE ANNA: Jim Hemby of Lake Anna Striper Guide Service (jimhemby.com) reports great striper catches using live bait. Concentrate your efforts three miles either side of the Route 208 bridge. For anglers that prefer to troll, use deep-diving crankbaits and work 25-35 feet of water. Bass are in summer patterns and the main lake has been producing good catches. Although most anglers look for structure in 10-20-foot depths, we have been catching numerous bass in deeper water. Bass can be caught on topwater baits in the low light times of the day but once the sun gets bright they retreat to the depths. Herring are huge this summer. Crappie are on every bridge on the lake, holding in the shade from 15-35 feet deep.

LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing (540-672-3997) reports the water temperature is in the mid to upper 80s and has cleared. With bass and crappie schooling up on bait fish, bass can be caught on topwater in low light and plastics during midday. Crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs around the fishing pier and deep brush. Some nice walleye have been caught on night crawlers and minnows; catfish have been caught on nightc rawlers and chicken livers.

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