Updated: November 15th, 2018 by Stan Cobb
(Next Update: November 23rd, 2018)
Saltwater- The hottest action right now is the Speckled Trout bite. Most all of the action is taking place inside inlets and rivers. Lynnhaven seems to be leading the way, but receives much of the pressure too. However, there's a lot of space inside Lynnhaven. Little Creek has put out some Trout, so has Mobjack, and Fleets Bay. Soft plastics have been best, but jerkbaits are coming into play as water temps drop. Rockfishing is on the rise in the bay, but most action is occurring inside the rivers. Many reports are coming from the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers. Trolling 6 inch baits, like sassy shads in white, have been greatly productive. Lighter tandem rigs, and stretches are working also. There are catches of keepers coming from the structures of the CBBT, mostly at night. But there has also been windy conditions during the day, decreasing the amount of anglers participating. Casting with lighter tackle has been working inside the Elizabeth river, and around the James River Bridge. We still haven't heard much about the Tautog bite inside the bay, but they are definitely increasing on ocean structures. Along with the Togs, ocean anglers are reeling in quality Seabass, and Triggerfish. The past few days have been windy, but on the less windy days, there has been catches of Big Eye Tuna, Yellowfin, and Blackfin Tuna. Surf anglers along the Outer Banks are starting to catch big Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Sea Mullet, and Bluefish.
Freshwater- The upper James is back up, 10.36 ft at the Westham gauge. We are expecting more rain, so the levels are expected to increase. This will impact the lower James also. The pits along the James should remain cleaner than the main river The Chickahominy will probably be the best bet for tidal fishing this weekend. Both the Crappie and Bass are biting well. Bass are responding to lipless crankbaits, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. Some may even be throwing silver buddies already. Good Crappie are holding to stumps and brushpiles. Chick Lake will be a great option this weekend. Lake Anna Bass and Crappie are biting better, and will continue to do so into Dec. The Crappie are starting to gather around many of the bridges, due to the current and the draw of baitfish. This will also attract the Bass, and possibly the Stripers. The Stripers are mainly being caught from the upper sections, and will continue to stay there unless temperatures get very low, very quick. The upper lake Bass are responding to lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Jigs are working well around the docks. Bass are still using stumps, but should make the transition to rocks soon. Active feeding Stripers will be found on the flats. Overcast days can bring outstanding topwater strikes. Walking baits are especially good. Alabama rigs are excellent also. Local ponds and reservoirs are turned on for Crappie. Sandy River, Briery Creek, and Swift Creek Reservoir are fishing well. Hunting season has decreased the amount of angers out on the water, so take advantage of this.