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2013 Lake Anna Fishing Forecast

Anglers at Lake Anna should find an improving largemouth bass fishery in 2013 based on evaluations of two decades of sampling data. Spring electrofishing catch rate was at a record high in 2012 (93 fish/hour) with good numbers of fish over 15" and average numbers of fish over 20". Spawning success has been very stable. Some of the best fishing should be found along edges of water willow beds in the area of the State Park - especially around Rose Valley, Ware Creek and Plentiful Creek. Fish biomass (in addition to bass catch rate) is much higher up lake, so it's a good idea to stay above the splits.

Striped bass catch rate was also at a record high in 2012 (based on winter net samples). This excellent fishery for small to medium-sized stripers should continue to produce limits in 2013. Maintained by stocking, the strongest year class documented (2006) is now averaging over 24" providing above-average size potential despite slow growth in this thermally enriched reservoir. Additionally, excellent stocking success was experienced in 2010 and 2012. Stripers will be moving around the lake following forage as temperatures change. Don't overlook early season action in extreme upstream shallows in areas such as Henry's Point (Pamunkey arm) and Route 719 Bridge (North Anna arm).

Black crappie numbers in 2012 were down continuing a trend somewhat opposite of the largemouth bass trend. However, anglers should find more fish in 2013 than last year, and the average size should be exceptional. More 15" and over crappie were surveyed during winter 2012 than any time over the past 16 years (with one exception). Look for crappie to be transitioning from bridge pilings and docks during April to water willow edges and natural wood. Once again, upper lake locations should work best: Christopher Run vicinity on the North Anna arm, and Terry's Run vicinity on the Paumunkey arm.