Latest Fishing Reports & Regulation Updates
December 2nd, 2016
Rockfish up to 37 inches being caught east of Windmill Point in the Dumping Ground and as far up to North 59A. Anglers are reporting these fish are caught while trolling with Bucktails and Hyper Striper. Big Rockfish being caught eeling from Buoy36 all the way to Cape Charles.
November 16th, 2016
Water temperature is cooling down in the Rappahannock and the Chesapeake Bay. Lots of schooly rockfish – some 30 inch class rockfish being caught on the Rappahannock River below the bridge. The most popular bait is the quarter ounce bucktail. Also Hyper Strippers and Small Sliver spoons are yielding results for Rockfish catch. The larger Rockfish seem to be at the bottom.
July 28th, 2016
Cobia catch is still coming in. Windmill Bar is still producing nice size Cobia that are being taken on live eels while chumming. Remember the Cobia season will come to a close after August 30th, 2016. Speckled Trout have picked up in shallow waters and are responding well to soft baits. Spanish Mackerel are wide open & are being taken on Clarke Spoons and #1 Planners. Gwynns Island and Buoy 59a have been good fishing spots for Spanish Mackerel. Reports of Spade fish still being taken at the Cell.
July 7th, 2016
Cobia fishing is still strong on Windmill Bar. The July 4th weekend yielded many Cobia weigh-ins with most exceeding 50 lbs. We had several citations. Cobia are still responding well while chumming and using live eels. Spade fishing has picked up on the cell. We have some fishing excursions with yields of 8 or more spade fish in an outing. Frozen Clams with Clam Chum are the bait of choice for Spade fishing. Croaker are still being caught while bottom fishing in the Bay and the Rappahannock. Croaker are responding well to bloodworms, frozen bait shrimp and cut squid. Spanish Mackerel & small Blue Fish mixed are being caught near 2R & Gwynn’s Island. Anglers have had great results while using Clark Spoons and #1 and #2 planers.
June 23rd, 2016
Cobia continue to do very well off Windmill Point on the Bar. We have had many weigh-ins at the Tackleshop @ J&W Seafood with some Cobia exceeding 60lbs and most exceeding 40lbs. Chumming along with live Ells has been the combination that these catches have been responding too. Spade fish are in good numbers at the Cell. Clams and clam chum are the baits of choice. We had a weigh-in of a 6 lb. – 5 oz. spade fish this week. Croaker doing fair from the lower Rappahannock to the mouth of the river. Squid, shrimp & bloodworms have achieved results. Speckled Trout doing fair in shallow water. Mirror lures and soft crabs are the baits of choice.
June 14th, 2016
As Cobia migrate to the bay to spawn so does the increase in catch. We have seen Cobia weigh-in’s at the Tackle Shop @ J&W come in at 48.14 lbs, 54 lbs, and 37.4 lbs. Anglers are reporting great results with chumming and using live eels. There has been reports of great Cobia action on Windmill Bar.
Some Speckled Trout being caught in creeks and in shallow water. Several anglers are reporting catch on soft baits. Better Croaker fishing has been reported in the Rappahannock River, in addition to the York River which has seen an increase in Croaker catch. Croakers are responding well to bloodworms and cut squid.
Good reports of Spot, Croaker and Flounder have come in off the White Stone Bridge.
June 6th, 2016
Croaker catch has increased weekly and the catch size reports are coming in with some Croakers consistently measuring from 12 -14 inches. We have had anglers reporting Croaker action in deep water in the Rappahannock. Croaker are biting on squid, shrimp and bloodworms. Cobia bites are picking up on Windmill Bar and are increasing daily. We have Cobia reports coming in up to 60lbs. Wayne Carneal weighed in a 29.2 Cobia at the Tackle Shop @ J&W Seafood on June 4th, 2016. The Cobia catch has seen great action while chumming and using live eels. We have some reports of Black Sea Bass in the bay from bottom fishing. Speckled Trout action is fair in shallow water around grass beds and structure. Trout are reacting to some soft baits.
June 2nd, 2016
Reports of Croaker being caught – some in excess of 9 inches. Activity reported off Narrow Edge near the entrance of Broad Creek in Deltaville.
May 29th, 2016
Croaker 10 – 11 Inch are biting good in the Rappahannock River. Bait of choice are bloodworms, squid & shrimp. Speckled Trout & Stripers are in shallow water around Windmill Point. Zoom Baits are the anglers choice for these fish. Cobia have arrived at Windmill Bar. Best results in landing the Cobia are Chumming & Live Eels. Tight lines everyone!
May 24th, 2016:
After a 4 ½ hour debate, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted today to not close the recreational cobia season in June, as requested by the National Marine Fisheries Service following unexpectedly high catch rates last year that likely indicates overfishing of the Georgia through New York stock of cobia. The Commission did raise the size limit from 37 to 40 inches, kept a one-fish per person possession limit, instituted a two-fish daily vessel limit, allowing only one of those fish to be more than 50 inches, for all vessels including for-hire (charter and head boats). The Commission also voted prohibited the gaffing of cobia by recreational anglers. In addition, the Commission decided to close the fishery on August 30 and will begin a reporting system for recreational anglers to report their cobia catches to the agency. The Commission had been requested by the National Marine Fisheries Service to close the recreational cobia fishery on June 20 because federal data showed the Georgia-New York allowable recreational catch of cobia was greatly exceeded in 2015 and Virginia alone caught the entire coastal quota.
For more detailed information on the new cobia regulation please go to http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/
May 18th, 2016
Croaker catches from the mouth of the Rappahannock and into the bay are picking up daily. Bloodworm and squid are the baits of choice. Chesapeake Bay Spring season for Rockfish opened May 16th and will remain open until June 15th. The minimum size is 20 inches, maximum size is 28 inches, the possession limit is two per person. Always good to check VMRC Striped Bass regulations before keeping rockfish. Rockfish catches being reported in the rivers mostly, but some have been reported from the bay bridge tunnel Cobia catches reported at the mouth of the bay, and some anglers have been producing quick limits of quality sized fish. Cobia catches should continue to improve, new regulations may be implemented, always good to check in at VMRC website for updates on these as well. Flounder catches in the lower bay have been slow.