Buckroe Fishing Pier (727-1486): The day time pier operator reports the daytime anglers are beginning to catch a few mullet (roundhead). They are averaging up to 12-inches in length. The night time anglers continue to catch croakers weighing up to 2 pounds. In addition, when they cast Sabiki rigs, they are catching shad and small gray trout.
Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association News by Dr. Ken Neill III: The fantastic tautog season we have had is going out as hot as it has been all year. Multiple tog over 15 pounds on up to a few pushing 20 pounds have been weighed in. Most of the larger tautog have been caught at the Triangle and Tower Reefs. Inside the bay, tautog to about 12 pounds have been caught at the CBBT and the Cape Henry Wreck. Catching tautog at the Triangle Reef has become more of a challenge due to all of the sea bass that have moved in. Monster tog continue to be caught there though, by anglers willing to wade through the bass. Good tautog action can be found on just about any structure from the Triangles on in, up into the bay. Enjoy this great bite while it last as the season closes at the end of April. More anglers are targeting flounder with mixed success. Some good catches have been made inside the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore. A scattering of flatfish catches have been made just about everywhere else. Some fish are being caught inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, at the CBBT, near buoy 36A, on Hampton Bar, and inside Back and York Rivers. Croaker catches have picked up in the rivers on the western side of the bay and at Buckroe. Speckled trout and puppy drum are being caught in the Elizabeth River and inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets. Speckled trout action is picking up a bit in Back River and in Rivers of the Mobjack Bay. In a couple more weeks, those fisheries should be going strong. Big red and black drum are being caught on the seaside beaches of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Red drum to 52 inches long have already been caught. Most of the black drum have been in the 20-30 pound class though a 67.5 pound black drum was weighed in at Chris’ Bait and Tackle. Offshore, the yellowfin tuna bite has picked up out of Oregon and Hatteras Inlets. There are still a few bluefin tuna around as well.
Beaverdam Reservoir (804-693-2107): The reservoir manager reports the lake is at full pool, is slightly stained, and has a surface temperature of 70 degrees. Saturday’s Big Bash Bass Tournament had 38 entries with Clarence Jenkins and Chuck Conger taking first place with 15 pounds 8 oz.. Big fish (5 lb. 2 oz.) and second place went to Al Bowles and Russell Holmes. The next Big Bash Bass Tournament will be held on May 25. Crappie fishing is improving with the larger fish being caught at both ends of the lake. Several people have been catching their limit daily. Pickerel are still plentiful. Beaverdam Park will host a Boy Scout Benefit tournament April 28, 2013. Entry fee is $50 per boat. Sign up is now available for this tournament.
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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 60’s in the upper and lower lake and in the major creeks on Wednesday (4/24/2013). The lake level was about six inches above the top of the dam. The water was brown and moderately cloudy in the lower lake.
Blue cats and a few channel cats were widely scattered in a variety of depths in the lower main lake and in the creeks and were hitting live minnows. Crappie in a mix of sizes were still scattered in the channels and on flats of the major creeks and in some of the spawning areas. Crappie were also in some of the staging areas near creek mouths and on wood cover in the main lake. Crappie were hitting live minnows, Kalin crappie scrubs, tubes, and Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curlytail grubs. A moderate number of bass and pickerel were in the major creeks and around creek mouths and were hitting crankbaits and jerkbaits, frequently very close to shoreline vegetation. Fishing with Capt. Conway, Ted Antol had 14 crappie, 1 yellow perch, 1 flier, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass. Tom Porter and Hollis Pruitt had 16 crappie, 1 bluegill, 1 flier, 2 white perch, 1 yellow perch, 1 channel cat, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass. Robin Preece and Dave Diamantes had 24 crappie, 2 white perch, and 1 blue cat. Mickey Cleveland had 21 crappie, 1 white perch, and 2 pickerel.
Little Creek Reservoir (566-1702, 655-2277): The lake manager reports the water temperature is 64 degrees with a visibility of 12 ft. Bass were active this week with some fish on beds, but most were caught on top water baits. Crank baits, and worms worked also. I had a report of a couple catching 30 fish on top water, but we know that you have to shake off 2 pickerel for every bass so they caught maybe 10 bass. That is not a bad day on the Creek. I saw pictures of bass weighing 4 to 5 lbs. I even caught a 3 lb. myself. Crappie were caught but not off the dock. They have moved off into 10 to 12 ft. of water. Small minnows, and jigs worked well. The bluegills are starting to become active and some keepers have moved up into the brush, but are holding tight to it. You may try red wigglers, but you need to be at 5 to 6 ft. to find the big ones. We are mow renting space for our Sportsman Flea & Craft Show & Sale. The fishing is getting good on the CREEK come on out and catch one it may be a big one!!!!
Lake Maury (Mariner’s Museum) "Lake Maury update for all the Canoe & Kayaking friends on the Peninsula - The bad news for many years was Lake Maury, which is contained inside the Mariners Museum property, was closed to privately owned watercraft (as most of paddling friends know). The Good News is that last week notification was made that the lake is now OPEN to canoes and kayaks in possession of a permit which is now available at the museum store. The permit costs $50 for one year from Jan through Dec or $10 per day. Paddlers will be given a sticker to put on their boat (or carry with them if they have multiple boats to choose from) and a hang tag for their rear view mirror when parked at the designated launch. Looking forward to seeing folks at the museum!!!!"
Waller Mill (259-3778): The only significant catch reported this past week was a 26-inch Chain Pickerel, caught by Jim Pendo from James City County.
26-In.*Jim Pendo, James City County*Little Creek Reservoir*Little Creek Park.
47-In.*Ken Neill, IIII*Seaford*Fisherman’s Island*Rudee Inlet