FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND THE AREA
Buckroe Fishing Pier (727-1486): The Buckroe Pier will hold their 2013 Fishing Season Grand Opening on Monday, April 1. Thereafter, the pier will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except when there are Severe Weather Warnings in effect.
Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association News by Dr. Ken Neill III: Another week and yet again, the weather is the main fish story. The latest blow even managed to put a pause in what has been a very good tautog bite on the coastal wrecks. That bite should pick right back up once the water clears a bit. The Tower Reef and Triangle Wrecks have been producing quality tautog. Anglers are ready to fish structures inside the bay. Expect the bay tautog bite to be slow until water temperatures rise a few more degrees. By the end of this month, it should be going strong. Flounder are another springtime favorite that anglers are anxious to fish for. A couple of our retired club members work part-time at one of the fish houses. They are seeing some impressive flounder brought in by the dragging fleet. One fish was 38 inches long and weighed 25 pounds. That would be the fish to catch during the Flounder Bowl! It will still be a few weeks before we will start to pick up some flounder in the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore. Speckled trout provided some good action in the Elizabeth River this week. Anglers leaving the saltwater are finding a good bite of blue catfish up in the James River. When boats have gotten offshore, bottom fishing has produced some blueline tilefish in the area of the Norfolk Canyon but the more prevalent catch has been spiny dogfish. Bluefin tuna action has been very good out of the Outer Banks but again, the weather has greatly limited this fishery. When boats can get out there, boats are hooking up with 200 plus pound tuna by trolling, jigging, and casting top-water poppers.
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Beaverdam Reservoir (804-693-2107): The reservoir manager reports the lake is at full pool, the water is clear, and the temperature is 48 degrees. All the fish have been biting this week! The anglers have had good luck catching Crappie in the deeper water along the water access of the Nature Trail. With the warmer temperatures, it has brought out more novice fishermen. Jeff C. and his son Bryant (age 6) only had a few bites on Saturday but they managed a 2lb 2oz Crappie. On Sunday, an Angler on the 606 side caught his Crappie limit of 25! Anglers have also been scouting out the bass for the upcoming tournament. Michael G. wrangled up a 3lb Bass near the Treatment Plant on Saturday morning. Remember we will host the first Beaverdam Big Bash series tournament on March 16. For more information visit our website at www.gloucesterva.info/pr or call the Ranger Station at (804)693-2107
Eagles Landing, Chickahominy Lake (804-966-9094): The lake manager reports the lake is one foot high (the pier in not underwater yet, and the ramp is functional, the temperature varies between the upper 40’s and the lower 50’s, the water is fairly clear and there is a good current. The first Bass Team Tournament Eagles Landing will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7-3. The bass are not on the beds yet; but have started moving into the shallows. They are being caught on suspended jerk baits, shallow running crank baits, pig and jigs, going for the reaction bites. Some pan fish being caught but scattered. Vegetation has not started to emerge to date so there are many places for the fish to hide.
Ed Allen’s Boats & Baits (804-746-2475): Capt. Art Conway of Conway's River Rat Guide Service reported that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water temperatures were in the low to mid 50’s in the lower lake and in the major creeks on Wednesday (3/13/2013). The lake level was about 18 inches above the top of the dam and slowly falling. The water was brown and slightly cloudy in the lower lake. A number of floating islands had come loose in the high water and were drifting in the lake.
A few blue cats were in a few of the deeper channels and deep winter holes in the lower main lake, but most of the crappies appear to have left those areas. A few crappies were found in the channels of the major creeks. Look for them to accumulate in the channels and backs of the creeks during the next week or two if water temperatures continue to rise. Most bass and pickerel were scattered on mid-depth and deep flats in the main lake and were hitting live minnows, blade baits, lipless crankbaits, and plastic worms. A few small to medium bass and an occasional small yellow perch or pickerel were in the major creeks and were hitting live minnows and small suspending jerkbaits. Fishing with Capt. Conway, Malcolm Turnbull had 18 crappies, 1 white perch, and 5 blue cats.
Lee Hall Reservoir (888-3333): Freshwater fishing is available sunrise to sunset at Lee Hall Reservoir. Shoreline Fishing requires a Parks Division Shoreline Fishing Permit in addition to the VA freshwater fishing license. Boat Rentals, private launch and shoreline/pier fishing permits are available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and weekend and holidays (April 27 – September 28) at the Lee Hall Fishing Area Rental Building.
Fishing in Lee Hall Reservoir has seen a slight improvement in the action in the past week. While the water temps are still hovering in the upper 40's a few anglers that braved the cold and breezy weather have been rewarded with catches of Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel. Suspending jerkbaits fished very slow have been the most productive. One angler reported catching 8 bass between he and his partner with the largest pushing 6 pounds. Chain Pickerel have been very active giving the bass fisherman some action. We have had no reports of crappie or yellow perch but the next few weeks should be prime for catching these panfish as they prepare to spawn. The forecast shows temps pushing 60 degrees for most of next week. If this holds true the bass fishing should be very good by the end of next week
Little Creek Reservoir (566-1702, 655-2277): The lake manager reports he water temperature is 43 degrees with a visibility of 14 ft. The water may be cold but the fish are biting. Bass are being caught on jigs, blade baits, and suspending jerk baits. Bass as large as 5 lbs. were caught, with some along shelves on deep banks but the most and larger fish came off windy points. The number one structure was in the creek. LOTS of Crappie were caught. They have moved into their shallow spots, one stick in 3 ft. of water may hold a mess a fish and the Beaver hut may not have a fish on it. I am not saying not to fish the huts you have to find where they are and then it is a matter of feeding them small minnows, 1 in. jigs( black/red, red/green, or smoke) all worked well. We saw boats come in with as many as 35 and including some large Yellow Perch. I had in my hand a 16 in 2.50 & a 2.0 lb Crappie and 2 Perch at 12 & 13 in. add in 3 small Bass and a bunch of Pickerel and you can call it a good day on the creek. I saw a picture of an 18 in Walleye. It came off the right side of the dam.( trying to get the picture). Stripers haven't moved into the shallows off the dam yet but should any time now. When they do a blue back minnow, or a black back minnow 4 or 5 inches will catch them. If you are there when they decide to feed. It is not a long bite but a regular bite. Sassy shad or other swim baits would be my choice. The Park is located at 180 Lake View Dr. Toano Va. Ph # 757 566 2277 Open 7 AM. Monday- Friday to Sunset and 6 AM. to Sunset Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. We have bait & tackle, boat rentals, boat launch, and drinks & snacks.
Waller Mill (259-3778): The hours of operation for Waller Mill Park are from March 11 – March 25, 8 AM – 7 PM; from March 26 – April 15, 7 AM – 7 PM; and from April 16 – August 19, 7 AM – 8 PM. There is a $2.00 entrance fee for vehicles from March through October
Chickahominy Anglers Tournament held 3/10/13, at Eagles Landing, Chickahominy Lake
1st Place*Casey Woodfin, Sandston, & Shannon Pence, Highland Springs*14.66 lbs.
2nd Place*Ray Lynn, Midlothian, & John Sprouse, Richmond*11.69 lbs.
3rd Place*Chris Roberts, Newport News, & Jeff Harberts, Yorktown*9.18 lbs.
Big Fish*L. B. Glackin*4.58 lbs.
Mariner's Bass Club Tournament, held 3/11/13 at Eagles Landing on Chickahominy Lake
1st Place*Kevin Culp, Newport News*13.10 lbs.
2nd Place*James Colligan, Carrollton*10.9 lbs.
Big Fish*Kevin Culp, 3.4 lbs.
4-11*Tim Billingsley, Virginia Beach, 25"*Chickahominy Lake*Eagles Landing*(Citation weight and length.)
2-8*Pet Nichols, Richmond*Little Creek Reservoir*Little Creek Park.
6-15*Ed Jennings, Henrico,21.75"*Chickahominy Lake*Eagles Landing.
4-8*Tom Crittion, Williamsburg*Little Creek Reservoir*Little Creek Park
12-1/2-In.*Pet Nichols, Richmond*Little Creek Reservoir*Little Creek Park