Lake Anna Report July
Charlie Bowles- Fishing Guide
Bass Pro Shops
Johnny Morris Carbonlite Rods and Reels
Summer has set in and the fish are responding as expected. Water temps have already risen to at least the high 80’s. Weekends are busier than ever, making mid-day difficult to navigate. Fishing for us has been phenomenal this year and I expect the same through summer. The Bass and Striper catches have been great and should hold throughout the summer with the right approach.
Most of the sizeable bass will be in deeper water on underwater humps, points, ledges and wood cover. These fish will move to nearby shallows and hit topwater baits in the morning and evenings. Poppers, buzzbaits and Zara Spooks can bring some explosive action of you can time it right. If your not having luck with any of your shallower offerings, don’t hesitate to go to deeper structure (15-30 ft). My favorites are diving crankbaits, texas rigged & shakey head worms and jigs. Locate fish on prime structure, such as a 20 ft ledge, and make long casts to past the fish to get your bait to the “strike zone” effectively. Summer time bass fishing can be very difficult for those who like to “beat the bank”. But if you are willing to fish deeper structure and cover, it can be very productive.
The summer is the best time to employ trolling techniques for catching numbers of stripers on Lake Anna. The fish will be on 25-40 foot flats in large schools. 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, crankbaits, etc. to catch dozens of 5-10 pound fish, with an occasional 15 to 20 pounder. There is also some peppered topwater action so be sure to have a zara spook or popper tied on just in case.
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.
Call 540-287-3591 for any inquiries about booking a trip, lodging or tips.
Call 540-287-3591 for any inquiries about booking a trip, lodging or tips