Lake Anna, VA stripers 1/15/05
Schools of fish are popping up almost everywhere from Contrary Creek to Stubbs and Holiday Bridges. Most active area is from Pegion Creek to Jetts and Rose Valley Islands (the splits). Topwater and shallow water in the mornings and evenings, use XPS Slim Dog, or Z-Pop, and Cordell Redfins. Late morning and mid-day use sassy shads, Sea Shads, Storms Wild Eye Shad, and 3/4 oz Strata spoons. Stay in the main lake, watch your graph and look for sworling fish. Sea gulls are beginning to arrive in large numbers so remember to watch for them too. Anthony and Chris Hicks of Short Pump caught 7 fish 61 lbs. Guide Glenn Briggs and CJ Dawson had 7 fish 56 lbs. Dan Snyder and Jesse Woodard of Staunton had 3 fish 25 lbs.
FISHING UPDATES FROM ANNA POINT MARINA
Finally seeing some of the heavy fish and stringers we have been waiting for. Jim Hemby brought in a 72 lb stringer on Sunday and we saw two stripers over 18 pounds in the past week. The weather will be mild all week and the water temp is holding at 50. This will be a superb week for stripers. A cold front is scheduled to come in on Friday.
WINTER FISHING PATTERNS ARE IN FULL SWING
The winter fishing as a whole has the majority of the stripers, and the baitfish, holding up in deeper water. Pay close attention to the current weather conditions however. The first weekend in January was a perfect example. The stripers were very shallow and most people were fishing deep. On warming trends, the fish will move shallow, and sometimes very quickly. The water temperature at the marina came up 3 degrees, and the uplake temperatures even more with the stained water. Fish the shallow flats, humps and points. January fish can often be caught in less than 10 feet of water. The flats in the back of Pigeon are excellent right now, as are almost all the down-lake humps and flats. Watch your depthfinder. If you don't see stripers, then it is a good bet they are on the banks (flats, shallow humps and points). But with the next cold spell, they will pull off into 18 to 22 feet or deeper. Remember that the cold water inflow (especially after a cold rain) really slows the stained water fishing, whereas the down-lake and mid-lake (clear-water) fish will bite better after a cold snap. Concentrate your efforts mid-lake along primary & secondary points, adjacent to deep water in 16 to 20 feet. As the water temps drop into the 40's, one of the main changes for the stripers is the switch over to threadfin shad. Down-size your lures accordingly. Also the seagulls are very good at pointing out schools of stripers during the winter, when the fish are not making a shallow water feeding run, during the warming trends. Medium minnows are a good bait when the stripers are feeding on threadfins. Also the Sea Shad, in Crystal Shad color is one of the best baits to throw. For those who like hard baits, throw a small suspending jerk bait on these shallow stripers. Jerk baits, as a whole will be one of the best baits from now through 55 degrees in the Spring.
Remember, on a warming trend, look for fish on the edge of flats and gentle sloping points. Best baits for this are suspending jerk-baits such as the suspending Rattlin Rogue. Live minnows are also excellent. Typically the larger stripers are caught on flats throughout the winter months. Humps are also good. The humps in Contrary Creek are good early and late.
On sunny days, a 3/4 ounce jigging spoon is a great bait. Locate the large schools of bait and work the adjacent channel breaks.
On cloudy days look for fish breaking over open water. Approach with caution...do not approach inside of 100 yards with the outboard motor. Use your trolling motor and several boats will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. A good baits to throw is the Sea Shad (crystal shad).
There will be plenty of stripers in the down-lake areas during the winter, but these schools are typically harder to locate than the schools in the mid-lake region.
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