RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Chris Hicks reports the water is clearing and warm (almost 80 degrees) at Port Royal, and anglers are catching small bass again after the recent heavy rains, although catfishing is slow. A new phenomenon is late-night bowhunting, with surprising hauls or gar, carp, catfish and even snakeheads. The biggest challenge, according to Hicks, is mosquitoes.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports bridge pilings from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge well into D.C. waters are producing good bass when fished with small, deep-diving crank baits or finesse worms. Farther south, buzz frogs are producing bass up to 4 pounds when fished over grasses or along current breaks. Wacky rigged stick worms work well in all shall cover areas.
LAKE ANNA: Carlos Wood reports water temps in the mid-80s. Try grassy areas, especially on the upper end of the lake, for early-morning bass. Later in the day, try a dark-colored worm on points, dropoffs and ledges 14-18 feet deep. Striper are in the main lake from the Splits down to Dike 1 in 20-30 feet of water. Trolling with umbrella rigs is the best bet; minnows also work. Crappie are holding on deep structures and bridge pilings. Use 2-inch grubs or minnows in 15-20 feet of water.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing (540/672-3997) reports water temperature is in the low 80s and clear. With bass and crappie schooling up, bait fish are small. The pier is producing crappie on small minnows around 8 feet deep. The walleye bite has picked up in the grass flats up lake. Catfishing has been excellent throughout the lake.