September is TRANSITION TIME here at the lake. With the Labor Day weekend passing, the fishing is just going to get better! Cool nights are dropping the water temps down and the schools of bait fish will be heading into the creeks. The weekends will still be busy for a while with the pleasure boaters, but during the week you just might get the lake all to yourself.
The LAPR 150 Series kicks back off on September 8. If you have a boat with a 150 horse power engine or less, come on out and take your chances. For more information go to www.laprbass.com or call Dave Fauntleroy at 540-840-6772.
On another note, talk of this years Lake Anna Cup is already in the air. November 3 is the date and it will go out of Sturgeon Creek Marina this year. Qualified teams have an entry fee of $70 (you had to have finished in the top 25 in any of the Lake Anna circuits in 2012) At large entry is $80 per boat and the entry the day of the event is $85. Come on out and see if you can CLAIM THE CUP!!!!!!!!! Entry fee’s are already being collected and you can find your entry form on the last page of the September Woods & Water’s Magazine.
For more info call 540-840-6772 or email email@example.com
BASS- Schooling bass can be found down lake from around Dike 3 and the damn area up a short ways. Look for them shortly after sun up and again at dusk. Top water baits like the Pay Check Baits Repo Man, Zara Spooks and Pop-R’s will produce violent strikes for you. Another great way to catch them is by throwing a North Anna Bait Company CC Minnow rigged on a 4/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook, this is also a good time to try out a DOUBLE MINNOW RIG (you can find these exclusivly at Fish Tales on Lake Anna or you can order at www.NorthAnnaBaitCo.com) If you do not know how to tie a double minnow rig, stop by Fish Tales and see Chris Craft. After the sun gets high, the bait (Blue Back Herring & Threadfin Shad) will start heading to deeper water. Small swim baits will continue to catch fish until you cannot find the school any longer.
In the mid lake region you can consistently catch fish on Shaky Head rigged plastics. The new North Anna Bait Company 7″ Ring Shaker has been producing several fish.
Deep diving crank baits like the Bill Norman DD22 and the Luck E Strike FREAK will work great. Locate fish on brush piles, rock piles, deep boat docks and channel bends.
If you venture up lake, Jig & Pig combinations are working great around dock pilings, wood and willow grass. With the lake at full pool, there is going to be a Willow Grass bite this fall. Once the water drops below 80 degrees, the spinner bait bite will start to pick back up in and around the willow grass.
STRIPER- Schooling striper can be found in the splits area of the lake all month. Top water walking baits, small swim baits and broken back red fins will produce very violent strike for you. After the sun gets high, it is time to put you electronics to use and keep the school located and drop spoons down to them. Trolling for them after sun up will catch them as well. Deep Diving Red Fins rigged with a bucktail trailer and DD22’s are my choices for trolling.
CRAPPIE- The Specks are still around the bridge pilings in 15-20 feet of water. Small minnows rigged on slip bobbers or on a plain jig head is the best tactic at the current time. Towards the end of the month and next month, you will be able to find them shallow again. 2″ curly tail grubs on a 1/16oz jig head casted under boat docks up lake will be where I am found chasing these tasty treats!!!!!
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DIKE 3- 85 DEGREES
MID LAKE- 81-85 DEGREES
UP LAKE- 80-86 DEGREES
DOWN LAKE- CLEAR
MID LAKE- CLEAR
UP LAKE- SLIGHT STAIN
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