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Courtesy of Nino Ripepi
Nino Ripepi of Blacksburg got wet to pluck this bass out of some weeds for son Luca, whose little brother, Antonin, enjoyed examining his brother's bass.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This week’s Fishing Report marks the feature’s final installment of 2013.
Those of us who are serious about chasing our finned quarry know that plenty of good fishing remains this year, and will carry us through the first frigid months of 2014. We have it good in Virginia, with 12 months that offer action on the water.
Yet there is no denying that general interest in fishing wanes greatly as fall takes hold, falling off enough that some lakeside businesses shutter their doors until spring.
In the short blurbs below, rather than focus on what has been happening the past few days, I’ll spend most of the space looking ahead at what we can expect in the coming weeks.
As always, I’ll hit on fishing in my columns from time to time, and run reports on my blog when warranted.
Though we can expect occasional stretches of balmy weather in the coming weeks, there’s no turning around nature. Water temperatures are going to steadily drop, and that should help the fishing.
On lakes, the arrival of fall sends schools of bait fish scurrying into the backs of creeks. The big predators will be right there with them. It’s often possible to spot schools of largemouth bass cruising shorelines in search of bait to ambush. While most of the bass with be on the small side, there can be some good ones mixed in.
As we get into October, fishing docks with soft plastics and jigs is another great bass technique.
Striped bass, which have spent the summer deep to escape warm water, will start to move toward the surface and will spread out of their tightly packed schools. It can be a great time to catch them casting bucktails or trolling.
Look for crappies to move back to docks and shoreline brush, with October offering the best action.
Smallmouth fishing should really take off in the coming weeks. Bass are super aggressive in late September and into early October. It’s hard to beat soft twitchbaits such as Flukes. Jigs will come into their own as water temps fall.
Muskie fishing will keep improving through October.
Trout stocking season resumes in October. The daily stocking list can be accessed at www.huntfishva.com or by calling 434-525-3474.
Along the coast, meat fishermen can load coolers with surf-dwelling panfish such as spot and croaker. The Chesapeake Bay fall striper season begins on Oct. 4 and promises to be a good one.
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