RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: The recent heavy rains and high water level continue to make fishing diffcult, but some bass are biting on spinnerbaits, and catfish are taking cut bait and eel.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports bass fishing has slowed but quality bass can be caught near wood when fished with top water poppers during low light times. Panfish are feeding on fry between marsh banks and the inside edge of grass beds, and bass are feeding on panfish. Buzz a small white spinner bait around these areas and follow up with a 4-inch ring worm. Ledges in front of pad fields yield occasional bass to small deep-diving crank baits.
LAKE ANNA: Lake Anna Striper Guide Service (jimhemby.com) reports the lake is slowly getting back to normal after heavy rains and flooding. The upper end is still muddy and stained but clearing, with water temps in the 80s. Stripers are schooling chasing baits to the surface early in the morning and on cloudy days, then sounding to 25-35 feet deep making live bait fishing and trolling very effective. Schools can be found from the Splits down to the dam in the main lake regions of the lake. Plastic jerkbaits and spoons skipping across the surface will catch the breaking fish. Bass are in their summer patterns. Early in the morning, work primary points nearby deep water with topwater baits. Schools will form in the mouths of creeks on structures where baitfish are present. Once the sun gets bright, bass will retreat to the depths using stumps, rock and brush piles, bridge pilings and ledges as cover. Use deep-diving crankbaits. Most crappie have moved to deeper water (15-30 feet) and are feeding heavily on 2-inch bait fry.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler's Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature in the mid 80s and stained. The rain has caused fish to remain shallow, feeding on bait fish and worms. Bass are being caught on topwaters and soft plastics. Crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs in 8-10 feet range. Some impressive walleye have been caught on night crawlers and on stick baits worked over grass beds. The catfishing has been excellent, especially at the lower end of the lake near the dam.