Lake Anna Report – November/December
Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff
Lowrance Pro Staff
Johnny Morris Carbonlite Rods and Reels
BPS 100mph Gortex
At the end of October the surface temp had already fallen as low as 60 degrees. The Stripers, Bass and Crappie really turned on in the middle of the month. November will also offer some great fishing as the fish will be feeding up for winter.
Fishing for Striped bass should be great this month… as the water gets cooler the striper fishing gets hotter! A pile of big fish are being caught above the splits area. Expect plenty of surface action in both of the river systems. One way to locate fish is to keep your eyes peeled for birds, bait and swirling stripers. Another is to watch your graph for fish and bait in the middle to upper half of the water column. My “go to” bait for this time of year is a 4-6 inch swimbait rigged on a 3/8 to ½ ounce jig head. Suspending jerkbaits, walking baits, and Spoons will also produce, But the swimbaits offer the most versatility and control for me… You can fish them at any depth and at just about any speed that you need. As it gets cooler at the end of the month, if is gets cold enough, some of the baitfish may begin to die off offering an easy meal for stripers. Flutter Spoons and very slow retrieves with a swimbaits can trigger strikes from monster Stripers.
The Bass have started to move out of the very backs of creeks and can be caught on secondary points, humps, docks, rocks and fallen timber. You can find suspending schools of largemouth that will hit small Crankbaits. Spinnerbaits, and flukes... Don’t be scared to throw the Alabama Rig... The bigger fish will be nearby these schools but more oriented to cover than the schooling bass. Try the Grassy areas in the North Anna, the rocks in the Pamunkey and some of the midcreek structure in many of the feeder creeks.
There has been plenty of shallow water action in the rivers for nice slab crappie. The docks and rocks in 3-8 ft of water are full of big specks. They will readily take grubs, tubes and minnows. We’ve had several 50 + fish days in the last couple of weeks. It makes for a great day of fishing with kids and family… Plenty of action to keep everyone occupied and having fun!