West Point VA Fishing Report
OVERVIEW - With the recent advent of warm weather, water temperatures are rising and bass and crappie are on the feed. Bass may generally be found near their normal spawning grounds, holding in deeper water adjacent and coming up on the flats to feed once the sun warms the water. Crappie are schooled up in 4-6 feet of water adjacent to cover.
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C.- Anglers fishing from the bank at Four Mile Run are reporting catching fish. Bass are holding around the bridge pilings and power stanchions. Weightless stickbaits will take the fish. Don't neglect buzzbaits or poppers, as the water here is warm enough for a topwater bite. From the weather reports, it appears that the river will be warming up this week. Blue Plains outfall is producing fish, as is the DC Dock and The Spoils.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Bass action below the city is fair to good. The fish are orienting to points, dropoffs and wood structure, adjacent to deeper water. Silver Buddies are still the best lure for fishing the dropoffs, although tubes and grubs are holding their own. Stick with water in the 13-18 foot range, with a little cover on the bottom. Shallow sand or gravel banks, with some grass nearby, are giving up large bass to anglers casting Rat-L-Traps and small shallow running, crayfish colored crankbaits.
OCCOQUAN RIVER - No reports this week.
OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR - No reports this week.
BURKE LAKE - No reports this week.
POTOMAC RIVER - UPPER - The area just below the discharge canal at Dickerson Power Plant is giving up smallmouth bass on topwater baits and small grubs and stickbaits for bank anglers. Lots of smallmouth are being taken by anglers using small shallow running crankbaits, small spinners and plastic grubs and tubes. Any area of the river with ledges and/or current breaking structure will show smallmouth chasing minnows. Don't neglect small white buzzbaits any time you see riffles.
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - No reports this week.
SHENANDOAH RIVER - Lots of anglers out this week with few success stories.
LAKE ANNA - Plenty of anglers out. Stripers are still being caught at Dike Three on bucktails and Sassy Shads. Catfish are biting well, with some 10-12 pounders being taken this past week, along with at least one good flathead. Lots of bass are being graphed in 10-40 feet of water. The water temperature throughout the lake is in the mid-high 40's and shows signs of warming later this week. Bass catch reports have the fish taking jigs, plastics and crankbaits on main lake points and under deep docks.
LAKE ORANGE - No reports this week.
JAMES RIVER - The tidal stretch of the river is producing good numbers of trophy blue catfish, particularly around the Dutch Gap Power Plant.
CHICKAHOMINY RIVER - Anglers at Walkers Dam are taking perch and crappie on small shad darts, gold spoons and bits of nightcrawlers. Live minnows are producing perch, crappie and a few bass. The mouths of the feeder creeks are still producing good numbers of yellow perch and bass, with an occasional catfish. Minnows are the best choice for bait. Pickerel are also active.
CHICKAHOMINY LAKE - No reports this week.