Little Creek Reservoir Record Striper!!!
Date Caught: 6/26/07
Overall Length: 41"
Weight: 31 pounds 10 ounces
Angler: Willie Weber
Hometown: New Kent County, VA




FISHING REPORT                          By Charlie Taylor

 

       Potomac River Tide Information                 Twilight

         High Point, Occoquan River                     Hours

  Day       Date     High    Low     High    Low      A.M.    P.M.

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Wednesday   10/07    0817    1448    2021    0302     0644    1909

Thursday    10/08    0900    1533    2108    0349     0645    1907

Friday      10/09    0950    1625    2201    0440     0646    1906

Saturday    10/10    1049    1725    2302    0537     0647    1904

Sunday      10/11    1200    1833    - - -   0639     0648    1903

Monday      10/12    1317    1948    0017    0744     0649    1902

Tuesday     10/13    1426    2102    0139    0847     0650    1900

Wednesday   10/14    1526    2209    0252    0945     0651    1859

Thursday    10/15    1620    2310    0353    1039     0652    1857

Friday      10/16    1709    - - -   0447    1129     0653    1856

Saturday    10/17    1755    0006    0537    1215     0654    1855

Sunday      10/18    1839    0057    0624    1259     0655    1853

                                                        

OVERVIEW - The cooler temperatures are sending the fish on the feed as the

water temperatures begin to drop and baitfish school up and head for the backs

of creeks. As the water cools, look for all species of fish to begin taking

faster moving baits, such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  Next week should

signal the start of some of the best fishing of the year.

 

POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Bass are moving from the vegetation to dropoffs and

submerged structure. The onset of colder weather will lower water temperatures

and bass will be feeding heavily for the winter. Most successful lures should

be shad or chartreuse colored crankbaits, rattling lipless crankbaits, plastic

worms and grubs, and jig 'n pig combinations. Above Key Bridge, fish the

Virginia shoreline for good numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass, while

the coves are holding schools of crappie. Best bait should be small, live

crayfish. Below Memorial Bridge, the Virginia shoreline is holding good

numbers of smallmouth bass to Columbia Island and largemouth bass to National

Airport. Washington Channel is producing some bass on the dropoff along the

War College Wall and around the boat docks and pilings. Stripers are also

prowling the War College wall. Crappie are schooled around the boat docks and

may be taken on live minnows or tiny jigs, fished under a bobber. The mouth of

Oxon Cove, the Spoils and Fox Ferry are producing some largemouth bass on

crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jig 'n pig and plastic baits.

 

POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Most of the bass action is

centered around main river dropoffs and wood cover along the channel edges,

from the bridge to Pohick Bay. Best method seems to be casting small

crankbaits or plastic baits onto the flats and fishing them slowly to the edge

of the dropoff. Allowing the baits to fall off the edge of the dropoff will

normally trigger the strike. Below Pohick Bay, the creeks are holding large

numbers of fish, as they come out of the dying lily pads and hold on steeply-

dropping banks. Small spinnerbaits, cast into the vegetation and retreived

slowly back to the boat, will take some fish. Grassbeds, when still green,

are holding large numbers of bass. These fish may be taken on plastic baits,

fished on top of the grass or in the holes. Crappie are schooled and biting

well. Stripers are currently working around the mouth of Nanjemoy Creek and

Port Tobacco River.

 

POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW ROUTE 301 - Stripers are marauding baitfish on the

shoals below Mattox Creek, and around the grassy islands and points throughout

the lower Potomac River. Sassy Shads, Storm swim baits, Rat-L-Traps and

topwater baits are producing well. Trollers are having success using Mann's

30+ crankbaits while flyrodders are doing well with Lefty's Deceivers and

Clouser Minnows in red and white.

 

OCCOQUAN RIVER - Bass action is still good, with largemouth hitting

crankbaits and plastic baits, fished on dropoffs throughout the river. The

grassbed at the mouth of the river is still holding good bass. The fish are

taking plastic "toads", pulled steadily across the top of the water. Lots of

small stripers throughout the river. Crappie are schooled around the boat

docks and other submerged wood. Small minnows and tiny jigs are the ticket.

 

OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR - Bass will be hanging on the downlake side of points,

standing timber and submerged cover. With the colder weather, the weekend

should see lots of bass being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig 'n

pig on main lake points, rock walls where wood is present, and along the creek

channels. Most of the fish in the lower end of the lake are holding in 8-12

feet of water, while the upper end is producing bass from 4-8 feet of water.

Spinnerbaits are producing good bass uplake. Lots of crappie are being taken

from the creek channels, where they are suspended over the bottom. Best

results are coming from 8-12 feet of water, on live minnows and tiny jigs.

 

BURKE LAKE - Action is slow, with very few anglers out. Lots of small

catfish and a few crappie. No reports on bass this week.

 

POTOMAC RIVER - UPPER - Lots of action on the upper river. Smallmouth bass

are taking buzzbaits, crankbaits and plastic lures early and late in the day.

Do not hesitate to use large buzzbaits around blowdowns during the early

morning hours. Larger baits will take larger fish. After sunup, move to the

main river channel, where the fish will be cruising in deeper water, looking

for an easy meal. Small catfish are still taking nightcrawlers, shrimp and

clam snouts, fished on the bottom, in the channel. Some good sized crappie are

available at the mouths of Goose Creek and Broad Run.

 

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - Above the city, smallmouth bass are taking live minnows,

crayfish and small crankbaits. In the tidal sections, largemouth bass are

taking crankbaits and plastic lures, fished along the shoreline brush and

blowdowns on the south side of the river. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also

taking good largemouth bass at the mouths of coves and creeks. Work the baits

down the drops. Crappie and white perch are hitting live minnows around the

brush, while catfish are taking cut bait, bottom fished in the outside bends

of the main river channel. Striper action is centered well downriver, around

Port Royal.

 

SHENANDOAH RIVER - Lots of smallmouth bass are being caught on live minnows,

small crankbaits, plastic grubs and spinners. Motor oil and smoke seem to be

the most productive colors for grubs, while chartreuse and crayfish are the

better crankbait colors. All lures must be fished very slowly to attract fish.

Lots of bream are still taking small spinners, and catfish are available for

bottom fishermen.

 

MATTAPONI/PAMUNKEY RIVERS - The upper reaches of both rivers are producing

lots of bass, crappie, white perch and catfish. The Mattaponi is also giving

up some nice pickerel. Below West Point, there are plenty of white perch and

stripers. Peeler crab, bloodworms, bucktails and spoons are taking the fish.

Catfish anglers are taking good numbers of fish on peeler crab and bloodworm

baits.

 

LAKE ANNA - Bass action is fair, with most of the fish being taken on

crankbaits, topwaters and jig 'n pigs. The bass are holding and feeding in

water 8-15 feet deep, with the better fishing being midlake. On the lower end,

bass are holding in stump fields in 11-17 feet of water, particularly on

points and near boat docks. Uplake, fish the secondary points of coves and

creeks with willow grass beds. Spinnerbaits, 1/4 oz., worked slowly around the

grass points, will take some large bass. Lots of stripers working the area

around Rose Valley, between Jett's Island and Stubb's Bridge, and the mouths

of Contrary Creek and Christopher Run. Cordell Redfins, Sassy Shads and

bucktails are the preferred baits. Stripers are also taking topwater baits.

Crappie are taking small and medium minnows around submerged brush in the

Stubb's and Dillard's Bridge areas.

 

JAMES RIVER - The tidal section, below the city, is producing good numbers

of largemouth bass on small crankbaits, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic

worms. Wood structure, near deeper water, is the best location. Crappie are

schooled at the mouths of creeks and coves, around submerged brush. Yellow

perch are taking small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and grubs throughout the tidal

sections. Stripers are present around the power lines below Jordan Point.

Large crankbaits and bucktails are the preferred baits. Near the city, blue

catfish to 40 pounds, are being caught on cut eel. Flathead catfish, to 25

pounds, continue to be caught on live bait at the Pony Pasture and Reedy

Creek. The upper end of the river is also showing some good smallmouth bass

action on live bait, plastic grubs and flyrod offerings.

 

LAKE CHESDIN - Good fishing overall, with lots of crappie and largemouth

bass and a few walleye. The crappie are being taken on live minnows, while

bass, 4-7 pounds, and walleye are being caught on crankbaits and plastic

worms. Catfish action is good. Striper fishing also exploded this past

week. Pickerel have turned on in the lake, with bass anglers catching many of

them by accident.

 

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER - Lots of bass, to four pounds, are being caught by

patient anglers using small buzzbaits, jumbo minnows and plastic worms at the

mouths of creeks and dropoffs with wood structure in the upper reaches of the

river. Crappie and bream are taking live minnows and nightcrawlers. Stripers

are running the channel in force, taking Rat-L-Traps and live bait. The

Walker's Dam area is giving up good numbers of stripers and large crappie.

 

CHICKAHOMINY LAKE - Bass, 2-6 pounds, and pickerel are taking live jumbo

minnows, crankbaits and plastic worms. Yellow perch and catfish action is also

good, with best baits being live minnows and chicken livers. Crappie action is

excellent around dark at the dam, or by trolling the lake. Stripers, to 10

pounds, are being caught by bass anglers.

 

LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Pickerel, bass and crappie are the prime targets

here. Large pickerel are still hitting well on live minnows and crankbaits.

Crappie fishing is excellent from the pier on live minnows and tiny tubes.

Catfish anglers are taking some good sized channel cats. Stripers are hitting

well, as are the yellow perch.

 

BACK BAY - White perch are biting on live minnows and grass shrimp. Some

bass are being caught from the grass beds around Knott's Island and duck

blinds throughout the bay, when there is water in the bay. Catfish are still

biting well in Hellespoint Creek. West Neck Creek is producing fair to good

fishing action for bass, catfish, white perch and crappie.

 

SUFFOLK LAKES - Lots of action in all the lakes. The cooler weather has turned

on the larger bass, as well as pickerel, crappie and striped bass. Plastic

worms, crankbaits and live minnows are the primary baits. Citation

shellcrackers are still being caught on crickets and red wigglers, as the fish

are said to be "biting as well as they were last spring". Yellow perch and

catfish round out the catches.

 

LAKE GASTON - Crappie action is excellent with fish in the 1-2 pound class

being taken on small minnows, fished around solid structures and submerged

bushes, 12-14 feet down. Bass fishing is slow, with no apparent pattern.

Crankbaits and plastic worms are the baits of choice. Most of the fish are

found around concentrations of shad. Slowly work plastic worms or grubs in 4-8

feet of water wherever you find shad. Best areas seem to be around creek

channels that drop to 7-8 feet. Live bait is particularly good for stripers

from the Route 85 Bridge to Gaston Dam.

 

BUGGS ISLAND LAKE - Striper fishing is good to fair, with most fish being

caught in the area from Buoy seven to Clarksville. Trolling Cordell Redfins

and bucktail jigs is the preferred method. Bass fishing is slow, with most

fish being taken in the back of creeks and coves above Clarksville, on

spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Some bass are also moving into

deeper water off main channel points and creek channel points in 5-6 feet of

water. Grubs and slow-rolled spinnerbaits are the most productive methods for

catching fish. Crappie action is also good with minnows, fished on wood

structures in 12-15 feet of water or submerged brushpiles in 9-10 feet of

water. Schools of white bass are available at the mouth of Bluestone Creek.

White perch are being caught in 14 feet of water, off rip-rap, on

nightcrawlers and small minnows.

 

BRIERY CREEK AND SANDY RIVER RESERVOIRS - Lots of bass are being caught,

with few larger fish mixed in the creels. A good mix of fish have been

caught, including catfish to 15 pounds and plenty of good sized bluegills.

Live bait has been the best bet.

 

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Bass are hitting shad-colored crankbaits and

spinnerbaits in the creeks. Small topwater lures are taking fish in the lower

end of the lake. Jig 'n pig baits, fished in 18-20 feet of water, in creek

channels are doing well. Striper fishing is tough throughout the lake. Most of

the guides are getting 1-5 small fish per day. No good reason for the turnoff,

although lots of theories are being advanced. Plenty of good fish are being

marked at 45-50 feet, but they appear uncatchable. Best time is late evenings

and early mornings. Crappie fishing is excellent, with many over the one pound

mark being caught.

 

LEESVILLE RESERVOIR - White bass, walleye and largemouth bass top the menu

here, with stripers expected to pick up this week. Largemouth bass, 2-6

pounds, are taking crankbaits, plastic worms and live bait. White bass and

walleye are taking bucktails, crankbaits and plastic grubs.

 

LAKE MOOMAW - Smallmouth bass fishing is outstanding, with several fish to

five pounds being caught. The fish are located in 2-3 feet of water and are

being caught on topwater baits. Crappie fishing is picking up, but trout

anglers are coming up empty. Trout fishing in the Jackson River, below the

dam, is reported as fair. 

 

PHILPOTT LAKE - Fair smallmouth bass fishing, with fish being taken on live,

medium minnows, and live crayfish, fished in 30-35 feet of water. Anglers

fishing at night, are catching bass on spinnerbaits and plastic grubs. Nice

crappie action is to be had on small minnows. Walleye action is picking up,

also on live minnows. Trout fishing is good on the Smith River after recent

stockings.

 

SOUTH HOLSTON RESERVOIR - Smallmouth bass are taking jig 'n pig baits in 10-

15 feet of water. Topwater baits are also accounting for some nice bass, early

and late in the day. Crappie are beginning to school and catches are improving

daily. Walleye fishing is reported as slow.

 

CLAYTOR LAKE - Good striper action, along with some large catfish being taken

by lake regulars. Occasional muskie and white bass are also taken. Crappie

fishing is excellent on live minnows.

 

NEW RIVER - Smallmouth bass are biting well. Topwater baits and small jigs

are the order of the day, but patience is required.

 

TROUT STREAMS - The middle fork of the Holston River, Big Stoney Creek,

Middle Fox Creek, Lick Creek and the Jackson River are good possibilities this

week. Best lures are streamers, small spoons and spinners.

 

S A L T W A T E R - The Chesapeake Bay is holding some good sized striped

bass on humps, underwater islands, rock piles and structure that produces

tidal rips, such as bridge pilings. Most of the larger tidal rivers are also

hosting these fish. Anglers on charterboats around Point Lookout, are catching

and releasing up to 100 stripers per day in the chumlines. The fish are so

thick around the boats, you can watch the fish take the bait. Best action is

around the Point-No-Point Light. Lots of bluefish, a few flounder, sea bass,

tautog and sea trout remain in the middle to lower portions of the Bay.

Anglers fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands with topwater baits,

are finding bluefish, stripers, Spanish mackerel and lots of other unexpected

fish. Inshore ocean anglers are finding sea bass and tautog on wrecks and

rockpiles, king mackerel, false albacore, Spanish mackerel and large bluefish

on the artificial reefs and towers. Surf anglers are finding some red drum on

the seaside islands. Pier anglers are finding taylor blues, sea mullet, grey

and speckled trout, flounder and occasional pompano.

 

Charlie Taylor writes about fishing for the News and Messenger. He may be

reached at: cetaylor2@verizon.net