Given the cold temperatures over the weekend, there was not a lot of participation in area waters. Water temps in many places are around the 40 degree mark.
This week’s warmer weather could spark movement toward shallow water—particularly in tidal areas. Over the weekend, a tournament on the James produced a 17 pound bag, but weights dropped significantly after 1st place.
Some quality fish are being caught from the Chickahominy River and Chick Lake but not in great numbers since water temps have been low.
There haven’t been many reports from the Yellow Perch chasers, but this should change as water temps rise.
Lake Gaston anglers suffered much of the same as the James River anglers. 20 pounds was the leading weight on Saturday (Day 1) with the 2nd place weight coming in at 14 lbs. Day 2 was brutal as 22+ pounds total took the win for the 2-day event.
Kerr Lake is still high in elevation with the current level at 305.09 feet and falling. Stripers have been biting well at daybreak in the Dike 3 area of Lake Anna.
Many bodies of water are rather stained due to the snow runoff and recent rains. This makes for a tough scenario with the water temps also being low.
The upper James is high as well—about 4 feet higher than ideal. Hopefully, things will improve very soon.