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|THOMAS HARDEN - Fishers of Men 2013 District 5 Champion||
Today I found stripers below the railroad bridge in 20-25 feet of water. I found bass and yellow perch in front of the Hoffmaster's docks from 15-25 feet of water. I found largemouth bass, crappie, and yellow perch above the 123 bridge. The key is always the tide in the Occoquan River. If you are not getting bites move around until you find them. Remember to change the color of your bait because on some days that will make all the difference. The water temperature was 39-40 degrees out near the No Wake zone, with the water being more stained, and up past the 123 bridge the water temperature was 41-42 and less stained. The perch and crappie bite better in cleaner water. I caught all fish on plastic crappie tubes and minnows. If you want to see this video go to my Facebook page and like this post.
If you're heading to Lake Anna, VA, the best area for us was the 208 region and the dike 3 region of the lake. Rapala jerkbaits and small 4 inch Warrior Bait Ruffle Shads on a 1/4 oz. jig head is what we caught our fish on. Seagulls helped us find active fish because I didn't have any success graphing them deep. These fish were caught in small schools.
Today I graphed 42 degrees near Stubbs bridge, 45 near 208 bridge, and 53 at dike 3. Seagull are all over the lake from Stubbs bridge down to the Dike 3 area. I didn't graph a lot of fish today, so I was moving around a lot. Everyday is different, but the best area seems to be the dike 3 region for active fish. The Stanford Baits Missing Link Jig is the bait in the picture. I also keep a Warrior Baits Twitch' N Shad rigged on a 1/4 ounce Trokar Boxer jig, Ruffle Shad on a 1/4 ounce Trokar Boxer Jig, and Silver Buddy rigged up this time of year. If you fish Lake Anna, Like me on Facebook and drop me a line how your trip went on my Lake Anna post.