The cold weather has been holding many anglers back lately, but some of those who braved the elements were rewarded with outstanding catches. Lake Anna has been giving up some strong catches of Bass this season along with good sized Stripers from the Dike 3 area. A 5-fish limit of Bass weighing 25+ pounds was weighed in on Monday. Groups of large Bass can often be encountered while fishing during the coldest time of the year.
Lake Anna can often be a finicky opponent, as the Bass tend to roam much of the time. This is the case in many of the deeper, clear lakes. Smith is another good example of an outstanding clear water lake. It has a healthy population of Smallmouth, as well as large, landlocked Stripers.
Bass fishing has been good on Kerr Lake this winter, despite the often fluctuating water levels. The level is rising at this time with the current elevation at 303.27 feet. Rising water is also the case on the upper James, which is forecast to be at, or near, flood stage, this week. This will have an effect on the lower James, but not as much as the upper James.
There is sure to be debris scattered about on the tidal James this weekend. So, if venturing out, be aware. The Chickahominy is often a better choice when the water is rising at a fast pace and conditions are muddy on the James. The Chick stays clear in most cases, but the increased current will have to be dealt with, and adjusted for.
Chick Lake could be a great choice also. Good baits for these bodies of water are the lipless crankbait, chatterbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, and of course, blade baits—such as the Silver Buddy.
The Rappahannock River has been giving up good sized Crappie, Catfish, and Largemouth Bass. The Yellow Perch bite has yet to take off, but this may be due to the lack of participation of anglers.