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Lake Anna fishing report – the best places, seasons, and fish

If you’re looking for a great place to fish in Central Virginia, look no further than here at Lake Anna. Our 13,000-acre reservoir is one of the most popular fishing spots in the state, and for good reason. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, Lake Anna is a great place to cast your line. The best time to fish depends on what type of fish you’re hoping to catch. Largemouth bass are most active in the spring and fall, while striper fishing is best in the summer.

Fish to fish at Lake Anna

The most common species caught at Lake Anna are Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, and Black Crappie. Anglers may also catch Bluegill, Channel Catfish, White Perch, and White Catfish in this fishery. This fishery is extremely diversified and has something for every angler.

Largemouth Bass: The most popular gamefish at Lake Anna, largemouth bass are found in abundance. They can be caught throughout the lake, but are most commonly found around submerged vegetation and structure. The best time to fish for largemouth is in the spring and fall when they are spawning or feeding actively.

Striped Bass: Often considered the king of freshwater fish, striped bass are prized for their fight and delicious taste. Lake Anna is home to a healthy population of stripers, which can be found in deep, open water areas near drop-offs and points. The best time to fish for striped bass is in the summer when they are feeding heavily on shad.

Hybrid Striped Bass: A cross between a striper and a white bass, hybrid stripers are popular gamefish for their aggression and size. They can be found in the same areas as stripers, and are often caught alongside them. The best time to fish for hybrids is in the summer when they are feeding on shad.

Black Crappie: A favorite among panfish anglers, black crappie are abundant in Lake Anna. They can be found around submerged structure, docks, and brush piles. The best time to fish for crappie is in the spring when they are spawning.

Bluegill: A common sunfish species, bluegills can be found throughout Lake Anna. They are most commonly found around submerged vegetation and brush piles. The best time to fish for bluegill is in the summer when they are actively feeding.

Channel Catfish: One of the most popular gamefish in Virginia, channel catfish can be found in abundance in Lake Anna. They can be found throughout the lake, but are most commonly found in deep, open water areas. The best time to fish for channel catfish is in the summer when they are actively feeding.

White Perch: A common panfish species, white perch can be found throughout Lake Anna. They are most commonly found around submerged vegetation and brush piles. The best time to fish for white perch is in the spring and fall when they are spawning or feeding actively.

White Catfish: The largest member of the catfish family, white catfish can grow to over 50 pounds. They can be found throughout the lake, but are most commonly found in deep, open water areas. The best time to fish for white catfish is in the summer when they are actively feeding.

Lake Anna Fishing Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your fishing trip to Lake Anna:

  • Use live bait such as minnows or worms for best results.
  • Fish around submerged vegetation, docks, and brush piles for best results.
  • Target largemouth bass, striped bass, and hybrid stripers in the spring and fall for best results.
  • Target crappie, bluegill, and white perch in the summer for best results.
  • Target channel catfish and white catfish in the summer for best results.

With its diverse fishery, abundant fish populations, and scenic beauty, Lake Anna is a premier destination for anglers of all levels of experience. Whether you’re a novice angler or a seasoned pro, you’re sure to find success on the lake. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start fishing!

Artificial Reefs at Lake Anna

In an effort to improve fishing opportunities and habitat, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has constructed several artificial reefs in Lake Anna. These reefs provide essential structure for fish and other aquatic organisms, and also attract fish that are seeking food and shelter. Here is a brief is a list of the artificial reefs that have been constructed in Lake Anna…

DWR Removes Dike 3 Fishing Platform at Lake Anna Following Safety Concerns

The Dike III Fishing platform and its concrete walkway off Moody Town Road in Bumpass are popular fishing spot for locals. The facility, on the other hand, was in poor condition and did not meet current safety standards. Despite the fact that the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) strives to make public access available, due to the age and continuing deterioration of the fishing platform and concrete pathway, DWR has removed it. Shoreline fishing is still permitted on the site.

Department of Wildlife Regulations on Fishing at Lake Anna

All anglers must possess a valid Virginia fishing license. You can purchase a license online at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website or at any licensed agent.

There is no minimum size limit for bass, crappie, and sunfish.

There is a 16-inch minimum size limit for striped bass, and a 20-inch minimum size limit for hybrid stripers.

There is a 28-inch minimum size limit for channel catfish, and a 34-inch minimum size limit for white catfish.

Anglers are allowed to keep up to 10 fish per day of any one species, except for striped bass and hybrids, which have a combined daily bag limit of five fish.

Last Year’s Lake Anna Fishing Report (2021)

Anglers had another fantastic year on Lake Anna, with good catches of largemouth bass, striped bass, hybrid stripers, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.

The largemouth bass fishing was particularly good in the spring and fall, with fish up to 8 pounds being caught. The best baits were live minnows and plastic worms.

The striped bass fishing was also good in the spring and fall, with fish up to 30 inches being caught. The best baits were live herring and cut bait.

The hybrid striper fishing was good throughout the year, with fish up to 10 pounds being caught. The best baits were live herring and cut bait.

The crappie fishing was excellent in the summer, with fish up to 14 inches being caught. The best baits were minnows and jigs.

The bluegill fishing was good throughout the year, with fish up to 9 inches being caught. The best baits were worms and crickets.

The catfish fishing was good throughout the year, with fish up to 30 inches being caught. The best baits were live bait and prepared baits.

So there you have it – another great year of fishing on Lake Anna! We hope to see you out on the lake in 2021!

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