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Fishing Report

August 17, 2014

Courtesy of Wayne Olsen's Guide Service
Up-lake Mid-Lake Down-Lake
Water Temperature
85 85 86
Water Clarity
Stain Clear Clear
Water Level
Normal Normal Normal


We are in the middle of summer fishing with the water at 85. My number 1 bait this time of year is a Shakey Head using using Deep Creek worms on a 1/4 to 3/8 Deep Creek head. It must be worked slow and kept on the bottom. You will not feel a hard bite. It just feels like you are starting to drag something. (Set the hook) The best fishing is in the upper lake around grass & rocks. Most bites are in the 10' to 15' range. Make sure you have found bait in the area you are going to fish.

Best Baits Best Areas of Lake Best Depth
Shakey Head Mid-Up 10' to 15'

Schools of striper can be found between the 208 & first bridges in each river. Find the fish on your electronics and get over them with live bait on down lines. You will also find them at Dike 3. Early morning and late evening can produce some top water action. Most of these fish are not keepers. Trolling is also producing fish between the bridges

Best Baits Best Areas of Lake Best Depth
Live Bait up 20'-30'
Top Water down top
Swim Baits up 20'-25'

Crappie are on the up lake bridges, deep docks, trash piles and rock piles. Most are in the 10' to 20' range. I like to use a small minnow with a slip bobber. I've also been catching some on 2" grubs.

Best Baits Best Areas of Lake Best Depth
Live Bait mid - up 10' - 20'
2" grubs '' "
Fishing Report - August

Lake Anna Report – August

Charlie Bowles- Fishing Guide


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Mid to late summer is an exciting time on Lake Anna… The threadfin shad hatch ignites a feeding frenzy all over the lake. All species key in on tiny baitfish on points, in open water, in the backs of large flats etc. If you find the bait, you can find the fish.


This month offers some great top water action early in the mornings. The bass will feed heavily on threadfin in the upper parts of the rivers in shallow, stained bays near grass. They will crush buzzbaits, poppers, and top walkers for the first hour of daylight. As the topwater bite begins to die off move out to deeper brush piles and drop off’s. The fish will get close to cover and shade, setting up ideal ambush points. Texas rigged 8-10 inch worms are great for luring big bass out to for an easy meal. Shakey head jigs rigged with 4-6 inch finesse worms are a great follow up bait if you can’t get them to take the bigger offering.


The stripers will put on an amazing top water display in the morning. Acres of fish will feeding on the surface in the mid lake area. They will hit poppers, walkers, flutter spoons etc. You have to be as quiet as possible, keep your trolling motor on a constant low speed and slowly approach the school… Even better is to observe which direction they are moving and sit and wait for them if possible. Once the sun gets up it is time to try ½ oz to ¾ oz jigging spoons. The fish will be on 25-40 foot flats in large schools. If you loose the school or are looking to cover more water, put the trolling lines down. You’ll need to get the baits deep by using trolling sinkers, downriggers, Crankbaits etc. Once you locate a school of fish on your sonar you can troll swimbaits, spoons, rattletraps, etc. to catch dozens of 5-10 pound fish. There is also some occasional topwater action during the day so be sure to have a zara spook or popper tied on just in case.

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We offer full and half day trips for all three species mentioned above. This has been a great year for our new and repeat clients with several citations and 50 fish plus days.

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