RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports that last week’s heavy rains have left the river muddy and virtually unfishable. He expects anglers to hit the water this weekend, though, if the river clears, as expected.

POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports the top water bite is outstanding. Poppers, buzz baits and floating jerk baits all draw hard strike from bass when fished along marsh banks, grass beds or pad fields. The snakehead population is strong and will react to a lure presented tight against the bank. Bass in grass beds like jerk baits and shallow running crank baits worked over the grasses. Work a spinner bait along edges of pad fields and follow up with a stick worm or a swim jig. Work any piece of wood with a finesse worm.

LAKE ANNA: Carlos Wood reports water temps in the upper 70s and fish are continuing their post-spawn feed, slowly pulling from the backs of coves and creeks. Bass are chasing faster-moving as crankbaits and swimbaits. Pick your favorite ones and fish 4-10 feet deep over points, humps and ledges. Don’t ignore the soft plastics. Striper continue to make the slow track from upper to mid-lake.Most fish being caught are from the 208 bridge up to Stubbs and Holiday Bridges. Fish shallow (5-15 feet) in low light, deeper in bright light. Sassy shad, sea shad and live bait are producing many nice fish. The crappie spawn is over, but the 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” grubs will produce some nice slabs.

LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temps in the mid 70s and stained. Bass are being caught on topwater in lowlights and plastics during midday, crappie on small minnows and jigs. A few walleye have been caught on nightcrawlers and minnows. Bluegill are being caught on red wigglers. Catfishing has piicked up mid lake.


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