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Thursday, April 4, 2013
While spring weather still hasn't taken hold, the calendar says spring is here, so that means it's time for the weekly fishing report and forecast to make its return.
Anglers who have been getting out in the chilly weather have been enjoying some success.
Britt Stoudenmire, whose New River Outdoor Company runs guided trips on the New, sent a recent report in which he lamented buzz about muskies.
"Now is the time for big smallies!" he wrote. "The smallmouth on the New and James are chomping.
"This cold winter and high water has kept them hungry and predictable."
Trout are getting a lot of attention, too, of course.
Saturday brings us the annual Trout Heritage Day, with announced stockings at nearly 20 waters.
No more complaining about cold weather. Let's fish!
Alabama Rigs and jerkbaits are providing decent bass action at Claytor Lake, reports Mike Burchett at Rock House Marina (www.rockhousemarina.com).
The winning weight at the Good Friday tournament was a solid 18 pounds.
Yellow perch fishing has been good, Burchett said, and crappie action is also improving.
Joel Janecek of the Smith Mountain Striper Club (www.smithmountainstriperclub.com) reported that breaking fish provided some fun action on a bucktail during a recent morning at Smith Mountain Lake, where trolling produced a few fish.
James Cassaday at Conrad Brothers Marine (www.conradbrothers.com) said Alabama Rigs and jerkbaits have been the go-to bass baits at Smith Mountain Lake. Though water temps are still in the 40s, a stretch of warm weather could bring temperatures up to the mid-50s and trigger some early bass spawning activity.
Fishing jigs "low and slow" has been the key for connecting with big smallmouths, reports Britt Stoudenmire at New River Outdoor Company (www.icanoethenew.com).
John Zienius at Big Z's tackle shop in Radford (639-1651) said live bait anglers are catching some muskies.
Jigs are taking some James River smallmouth.
Trout fishing has been good on stocked streams.
Cold water temperatures have kept flounder fishing off Wachapreague slower than usual, said Chris Snook at Chris' Bait and Tackle (www.chrisbait.com). Tautog fishing is fair around structure.
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