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Lake Anna Fishing Report
Gordon and Florence have added much water to the lake but conditions are pretty good. Stained at the upper end with very little mud. Naturally we are at full pool with heavy water flow over the dam. Water temps in the mid to upper 70’s.
Largemouth Bass – Target the up lake region for the best catches. This region offers you plenty of shoreline structure in the form of willow grass lines, rocks, docks and stumps, especially above the first two bridges in both the North Anna arm and Pamunkey Branch. Pitching small plastic worms to docks has been the go-to pattern right now. You might be able to visit the flats in the extreme upper end of both tributaries and some of the smaller tributaries and find bass feeding on threadfin shad as long as the water is not muddy. The 1/8-oz. Tiger Shad spinnerbait in the Lake Anna Special format is excellent for these skinny water areas as well as retrieved around docks and grass. If you cannot get them to take the spinnerbait, go to the worm and work docks and rocks in grass more thoroughly. Mid lake bass are moving to the backs of creeks like Marshall, Pigeon, Mitchell, Sturgeon and Contrary. Each will have fish in them somewhere, it’s up to you be there early and leave late to bump into them. A big topwater you can “walk” is also good.
Striped Bass – There are fish breaking just about every morning in all three sections of the lake. Have a small topwater you can walk tied on and keep your eyes peeled. (Zara Spooks or Chug Bugs). Birds are beginning to show, but they are on tiny threadfin, mostly, and not much help yet. Hotspots have been the Stubbs Bridge region, around Sunning Island, the mouth of Sturgeon Creek, the mouth of Duke’s Creek and near Dike III. September striper are mostly skinny, however, there are bigger fish to be caught this month, even among the little ones breaking. Be on the water at dawn and dusk and in the striper hunting mode for the best part of the day. You can also venture way up into the upper portions of the lake and use swimbaits for bigger fish feeding on gizzard shad in shallow water. Bigger fish will begin to bite better by the end of the month when water temperatures stabilize.
Crappie – We went from poor to good very quickly here as the specks responded to cooler water. Just about all of the docks in the upper Pamunkey are worth trying as long as they have 10′ of water on them. Slip bobbers and minnows set at 5-8′ are deadly. You can also use six-pound test and a one-inch jig under and around docks. The up lake bridges are good now, too.
This report furnished by McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service