Green Top's Weekly Fishing Report
March 8, 2018
SALT- There hasn't been much to report, with all the adverse weather lately. High winds have especially been a factor in recent days. Last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were breezy. Tautog are available on ocean wrecks and at the bay bridge tunnel. Bluefin Tuna are around, and now is them. This week however, has not given up many reports. When warm days arrive, some will search for the Speckled Trout. Shallow flats will warm quickly, and should be checked. Suspending jerkbaits, Mirr-o-lures, and soft plastics on light jig heads, can be effective. Lynnhaven Inlet, Rudee Inlet, inside the James River, and inside some of the creeks of the Eastern Shore, can produce at this time of year.
FRESH- With the adverse weather impacting outside activities this weekend, not a great number of people ventured out to fish. However, tournament anglers at Chickahominy Lake competed on Sunday, March 4th. 15 lbs was the winning weight. There was a sizable tournament on Kerr Lake on Saturday, in which it took 21 lbs to win. 19 lbs was second. The winner reported catching his fish on crankbaits. Water temps are in the 48-50 degree range in many places locally. The upper James is in the same temp range. The water was clearing up along the upper James, but this week's rain may stir things up. The current level is at 5.2 ft at the Richmond Westham gauge. The weather forecasts predict colder temps the next few days, so water temps should drop also. The lower James Catfish bite is a good bet, as they are very much opportunistic feeders. Many times, the worse the weather, the better they bite. Much like the Smallmouth Bass. Lake Anna Stripers have been biting fairly well, but again, the weather and wind made things difficult. Once things stabilize, this bite should greatly improve. Largemouth will continue to bite in most places, but local ponds may be the best bet. Lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, and jigs, will normally produce. Targeting Crappie in local ponds is a good idea now. Trolling small jigs at slow speeds can quickly reveal their location, allowing anglers to stop and cast to them. Count down as the jig sinks, as Crappie suspend in the water column. A slow steady retrieve is often the ticket for success. Targeting bridge areas in larger lakes with slip floats and minnows will locate the Crappie, as these are gathering areas. Set float stops at various depths until success is achieved.