The freshwater scene is much more alive for those who are putting in their time. Landlocked Stripers are biting well in area lakes such as Kerr, Gaston, and Anna. Live bait continues to be best, but swim baits, spoons, and jerkbaits are fooling them also.
Largemouth Bass are being caught in numerous places in our area. 17 lbs. won the most recent winter tournament at Lake Anna. The better baits have been jerkbaits, silver buddies, jigs, and Alabama rigs. These baits are working on the tidal rivers as well as the larger lakes. Stained conditions are apparent in most places. Some of the cleaner water locations are the lower end of Lake Anna, the Nutbush Creek area of Kerr Lake, the Pea Hill Creek area of Lake Gaston, the Chickahominy River and Lake, and the James River.
The upper James is in good shape at the moment but that may not last long. Crankbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, and 3-4 inch grubs are good offerings. Large or jumbo minnows will often save the day when all else fails to draw strikes.
The water level at Kerr Lake is down to 296.49 feet. This is quite a change from the past few weeks.
Look for the Yellow Perch bite to begin soon in many of the tidal rivers. Some of the early spots are the Rappahannock River and the Chickahominy River. Good offerings are silver buddies, small curly tailed grubs, and small to medium minnows. All of these options should be fished on the bottom.
The Blue Catfish bite remains strong on the tidal rivers all winter particularly the James and Rappahannock Rivers.