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Lake Anna July 2015 Lake Report by Chris Craft

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     OUTLOOK FOR JULY 2015

UPCOMING BASS TOURNAMENTS
SUNDAY MORNING SERIES
EVERY SUNDAYMORNING in JULY from 6am-11am
$100 Entry Fee – No Membership Fee
Contact Chris Craft or Dave Fauntleroy at Fish Tales
TUESDAY NIGHT TOURNAMENTS
EVERY TUESDAY EVENING from 6pm-9:30pm
Contact Dave Fauntleroy for details  540-840-6772
FISH FOR THE CURE
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JULY 12 
6am-3pm
Entry Fee $80 + $20 Big Fish Pot (optional)
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Bass–  The bass have stayed unexpectedly shallow so far this summer, the entire month of June they could be caught in less than 5 feet of water. As we enter July, it is expected to stay the same. 

In the North Anna arm, expect fish to stay in the WILLOW GRASS just about all month as long as the water temps stay in the 80’s. Early of a morning you can catch them on top water baits in and around the willow grass. Baits like the Damiki D-Pop, Damiki MTB Noisy Buzz Bait, Spro Frogs & Shads and Damiki Armor Shads. 

After the sun starts to penetrate the water, the fish will move back deeper into the grass and get under boat docks. They will stay active for several more hours. Once they make their move further back, it is time to start pitching and flipping into the thickest, darkest patches of grass you can find. JIG & PIG Combinations, Creature Baits and Plastic Worms are all great baits to use. Late last month, I started using a bait made by SNACK DADDY LURES called the DITCH CHICKEN. It is a 4 inch crawfish bait that fits perfectly on an ARSON JIGS SHAKEY HEAD. The action of the claws on this bait is amazing!!!!! Fish Tales has 6 fish catching colors in stock!!!!
When fishing boat docks, concentrate on the shady side of the dock. Dont just pitch your bait to a post just one time either. Make sure you hit all four sides of each and every dock post. Pay special attention to ladders, especially wooden ladders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Over on the Pamunkey arm, points and boat docks have continued to produce nice fish for anglers. Top water baits early and then shallow to mid diving (10-12 feet) crankbaits and Shakey Head rigged plastics are great choices. The Spro Rock Crawler crankbait has produces several fish for me this year so far. Zoom Trick Worms in either Green Pumpkin or Junebug are a couple of my favorites in this area of the lake. 
Around Mid-Lake, brush piles in the 12-15 feet range are coming into play. Texas Rig Worms and Shakey Heads worked in and around the brush will draw strikes.  There are still some very shallow fish in this area as well, top water walking baits like the Damiki Rambler, Paycheck Baits Repoman and Zara Spooks will all produce fish early in the day. 
Downlake has deep clear water and spooky fish! Look for them to be in 12-20 feet around rock piles, boat docks and brush piles. Long casts with lite line is almost a must in the region of the lake. Boat docks with 6 feet or more water will hold fish as well. Skip a WACKY RIGGED SENKO up under them and let it fall to the bottom. Be sure to watch your line very carefully, the strike will be very subtle and will just start to move off.  
 
CRAPPIEThe Specks have moved back out to the bridge pilings and deep brush piles for the summer. The best way to catch them will be with small-medium minnows rigged on a slip bobber. They can be found anywhere fro 10-25 feet of water. Do not look for the to return to the shallows until fall when the water temps start falling into the mid 60’s. 
STRIPER Look for the striper in the mid lake region down to about Dike 1 all month long. At first light you can find them chasing bait fish and can catch the on top. Walking baits, Broken Back Redfins and jerkbaits will all catch fish. After the morning feed is over, look for schools on your electronics and drop Toothache Spoons to them. 
Trolling is also becoming very effective as the summer draws closer. Deep Diving Redfins with a bucktail trailer, Bill NOrman DD22’s and BPS LEC 15’s are all great baits for trolling. 
For the anglers that want to use live bait, Blue Back Herring is very plentiful this year. You will need to get out before daylight breaks and hang lights to attract the bait. 
 
 
 
Lake Level- Full Pool
Water Clarity
Up Lake- Stained
Mid Lake- Clear
Down Lake- Clear
Water Temps
Up Lake- upper 82-87
Mid Lake- upper 83-86
Down Lake- upper 80’s


Chris Craft

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