This month you can look for fish in their deep winter hideouts. Old man winter will be knocking on the door at the beginning of the month, bringing cold temps and maybe even a little ice to the upper portions of the lake.
There are two outdoor shows and a flea market that we will be attending this month. February 2 is the Bass Fishing Flea Market in Dale City VA at the Hillendale Fire Department. (13511 Hillendale Dr, Dale City VA 22193)
On February 16 & 17 the OCHS Anglers Club will be hosting their 9th annual Orange County Sportsmans Expo at Orange High School.
Then it is off the Western VA Sport Show on Fishersville VA from February 22-24 at the Agusta Expoland. We hope to see you all there!!!!!!!!
BASS- The largemouth can be found in deep winter areas all month. Main lake points adjacent to deep water, channel edges and bends, rock piles and brush piles. Your electronics will play a major role in being able to locate these fish holding areas. Jigging Spoons like the Tooth Ache Spoon, are a great choice in getting these tight lipped fish to bite. Blade baits like the Riverside Ripper will coax them as well if a little more vibration is needed.
Suspending Jerk Baits worked on main lake points will attract sluggish fish, a twitch-twitch-long pause will be the best cadence with these baits. Areas of the lake from the splits all the way to the dam will be the best all month long. Slow rolling big Spinner Baits and bumping Sea Shads on the bottom will also catch a few fish this month. Just remember to SLOW DOWN!!! Just because the air temps mite be warm, the water is still cold, and so are the fish. A bright, sunny warm day is a nice treat in February, it will play head games with you and make you pick up your pace.
STRIPER- There is still a lot of bait fish up in the rivers and there are a lot of striper’s are up there with them. They will be hard to catch this month up there. Look for the most active fish to be from the splits to the dam, with Dike 3 coming on strong by the middle to the end of the month. Jigging Spoons, blade baits and Sea Shads will catch fish all month. Look for fish around the mouths of Pigeon Creek, Mitchell Creek, Contrary Creek and Sturgeon Creek.
CRAPPIE- The Specks will be very sluggish for most of the month. Look for the most active to be around bridge pilings. Small minnows rigged on a slip bobber will work best. They can be caught anywhere from 5′ of water all the way to 30′. Small, 1 1/2″ Tiny Assassins on a very small jig head (1/32oz-1/16oz) will produce fish. These baits have little to no action and will entice a slow, cold slab into eating. By the end of the month things will start to pick up and the fish will be on the move. 2″ curly tail grubs will become a player when this happens.
Lake Level- FULL POOL
Dike 3- 50
Down Lake- 44-48
Mid Lake- 37-40
Up Lake- 34-38 with some ice in the backs of creeks