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Courtesy of Harding Murray
Stone Murray doubled his fun during an early September fishing trip on the New River with his grandfather, Harding Murray, hooking two smallmouths on one lure.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The crisp mornings we’ve been enjoying this week have provided yet more indication that we are leaving summer behind us and moving into autumn.
Fishing is improving across the region as water temperatures are cooling, triggering fish to move from the depths toward shallower water, which is usually more accessible to those chasing the fish with hook and line.
River fishing continues to be excellent for smallmouth bass, and muskies are appearing often enough to thrill anglers at regular intervals.
On lakes, the bass fishing is gradually improving during daylight hours. But while this weather makes for an enjoyable day on the water, the nicest days can be a little tough on the fishing front because of those pretty bluebird skies.
Fishermen hoping to fill freezers for the winter can drive to the coast and catch lots of spot and croaker.
Smith Mountain Lake’s stripers are still in schools in the main lake, primarily around the mouths of larger feeder creeks.
Forage fish are moving back into some of those creeks, and those schools are attracting some attention from predators.
Bass fishing has been fair. Plenty of smaller fish are still holding on deep structure, such as main lake points, where soft plastics and deep crankbaits will take them. Larger fish have been hard to come by.
At Claytor Lake, bass are moving up into shallower water, and soft plastics remain the best bet.
The region’s lakes have a little bass surface action in the morning.
James River fishing conditions remain excellent, with good water levels and hungry smallmouths. Fly rod poppers continue to work well when worked around the shoreline, fooling fish that have gotten used to targeting dog days cicadas.
Minnow imitations, such as soft twitch baits and hard minnow lures, are also working well.
Muskies are still hitting on the New River with regularity, but smallmouths are drawing most of the angling pressure. Crayfish-style crankbaits are working well.
Terrestrial flies continue to work reasonably well for trout on mountain streams and tailwaters. Nymphing will produce more fish, however. Look for streamer action to pick up in the coming weeks.
Anglers casting curly tailed grubs are connecting with speckled trout in Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets in Virginia Beach.
Small, schoolie-sized stripers are providing for fun catch-and-release action around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The keep season is still a couple of weeks off.
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