RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER: Charlie Taylor (charlietaylorfishing.com) reports next week’s expected warm weather should bring on the shad, perch and herring run. Lots of stripers, white perch, crappie and largemouth bass are in tidal sections of the river. Shad colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits are the better baits. Cut bait is producing a few large blue catfish in the outside bends of the river channel. Above the city, smallmouth bass are taking small crankbaits and plastic grubs. Fish the deeper holes.
POTOMAC RIVER: Reel Bass Adventures reports water temperatures are in the low 50s. Flats and ledges in creeks are producing good quality bass up to five pounds. Use grubs, jig and craws, red craw color square bill crank baits and chatterbaits. Most bass are over 15 inches. Jumbo crappie, most over one pound, can be found in creeks along wood cover. They will strike grubs and small crank baits. A few small catch and release stripers are also in the creeks hitting grubs and cranks.
LAKE ANNA: No report.
LAKE ORANGE: Darrell Kennedy of Angler’s Landing reports water temperatures are in the low 50s and warming. Bass and crappie are moving into their spawning areas. Bass are being caught on a variety of hard baits and live minnows. Crappie have been feeding on small minnows in shallow flats around brush.