March is BIG FISH time, there will be many large fish caught this month. Things will change drastically between the first day of the month and the last. Early this month the majority of the fish will still be in full winter pattern, they will start to make a move after March 9, that is the day that you need to set your clocks forward for the spring. We will have longer days and more sunshine later in the day, this will help to bring up water temps.
March also kicks off tournament season on Lake Anna, so the opportunity to see big fish goes up drastically with more anglers on the water. The LAPR 150 series kicks off on March 2, if you have a boat with a 150HP engine or less, come on down and give it a shot.
BASS- March is JERKBAIT time, hard and soft! This is one of my favorite times of year to fish. I know that just like on March 13, 2012 that the fish of a life time is only a cast away!!
Look for fish to be suspended on main lake points and secondary points in major creeks. I prefer to fish parallel to the bank keeping my bait around the first break line into deeper water. Usually 6-10 feet and fish slow early in the mornings, after the sun comes up, you can usually speed up your cadence.
If you locate the bass schooled up in deeper water, the Damiki Vault and Vortex Blade Baits will get them in the boat for you!!!!!!
Rip Rap, lay downs, boat ramps, docks, beaver huts and willow grass will all hold fish this month. Look for the areas that have the most sunlight during the day, the surface temps around these areas will be slightly higher than surrounding areas.
One of my favorite ways to catch fish in March is with a 1/4oz Scrounger Long Bill rigged with a North Anna Bait Company CC Minnow, make long casts and be sure to maintain bottom contact the entire cast. As the month goes on, you can start to fish soft jerkbaits rigged weightless around wood, rock and grass cover.
Squarebill crankbaits will also produce numbers of fish, I like a 2.5 size in a bluegill or crappie pattern. Don’t overlook the tried and true Tiger Shad Spinnerbait in the Purple Tiger color either!!!!!!!!
Remember, the fish are feeding up for the upcoming spawn.
Please practice C-P-R……. CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE!!
CRAPPIE- The Specks will start to make their move to spawning areas around mid month. Early in the month, concentrate on deep brush piles and bridge pilings. Small minnows rigged on slip bobbers are a great way to fill your cooler with slab size crappie. As the water warms, 2″ curly tail grubs rigged on 1/16oz jig heads will produce large numbers of fish. Bass Assassin Tiny Shads are another great bait to catch fish when they are less aggressive.
On another note, I only have a handful of available dates remaining in April to get you on the water chasing big slab crappie. Brian Oxendine has a few more days than I do to get you out there, give me a call or email me for available dates!!
Striper- The Dike 3 fish have been really active early and late in the day in late Feb, look for fish to start making their move uplake sometime this month. Casting Bass Assassin Sea Shads & North Anna Bait Company Swim N Minnows rigged on 1/4oz jig heads will be great baits to catch the line sides this month.
LAKE LEVEL- FULL POOL
WATER TEMPS & CLARITY
UP LAKE- lower 40’s HEAVY STAIN
MID LAKE- low to mid 40’s MODERATE STAIN
DIKE 3- 49 CLEAR
The BIG FISH CONTEST at Anna Point Marina will resume in March. We will be paying $100 to the person that catches the largest Bass, Crappie and Striper for the month. We have not had a big fish contest in the spring for many years, this is our way of saying THANK YOU!
You could win all three categories.
Here are the rules……….
1-MUST launch from Anna Point Marina. (have a yearly ramp pass or pay the $8 ramp fee)
2-If fishing with a guide, you MUST pay the $8 ramp fee
before your outing.
3-Live or artificial bait may be used.
4-Tournament caught fish are eligible for the contest. (they just need to be weighed on the Fish Tales scales on the porch)
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!!!