RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports snakeheads may be surpassing bass as the favorite targets near Port Royal, as anglers try to negotiate all the grass in the river. Topwater baits work best in the morning, soft plastics in the evening. Night anglers who once chased catfish have turned to bowfishing, seeking cats, carp and gar in the shallow water.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports a strong top water bite from early morning through midday with buzz frogs, stick baits and finesse worms producing bass and snakeheads. Wood cover or boat docks, not choked with grasses, hold bass that respond to a well placed jig-and-craw combo. Spatterdock fields are always worth a cast with buzz baits, spinner baits or shallow-running crank baits.
LAKE ANNA: With water temps in the upper 80s, Lake Anna Striper Guide Service (540/967-3313) reports schools of striper roaming the main lake regions, primarily over 25–35-foot flats. Troll deep-diving Redfins or umbrella rigs. Occasionally in low light smaller stripers will chase top water bait to the surface. Some of the best catches have been on live bait like 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. Marina docks are also holding nice bass, which respond to shallow-running crankbaits worked near stumps next to the shallow channels. Crappie are holding on all the bridge pilings uplake and on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water and on docks that have lights on them at night. Catfish can be caught anywhere bait ispresent. Work areas less than 25 feet deep and use your favorite live bait.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature in the mid 80s and clear. Bass and crappie are schooling up on bait fish being caught on soft plastics and live bait. A few walleye have been caught on nightcrawlers and minnows worked along rocky areas down lake. Catfish are feeding up on chicken livers and live bait.