Virginia March Fishing Outlook

Ken Neil, Puppy Drum

As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, the fishing action will start heating up. Here’s what anglers can expect.

Puppy Drum (Red Drum) Action Inside Inlets: Puppy Drum are becoming more active inside some of the inlets. These fish are responding to the increasing daylight hours and the warmer water temperatures. Anglers should start finding them in depths less than 10 feet. Keep an eye out for these feisty fighters as they move shallower in search of prey.

Ken Neil, Speckled Trout

Trout on the Horizon: As spring progresses, expect an uptick in Trout catches in the same areas. The spots that are producing Puppy Drum will likely yield Trout soon. Whether you’re casting from shore or a boat, Trout fishing should be rewarding.

Tautog Season Approaching: As water temperatures climb toward the 50-degree mark, Tautog catches will increase. These hard-fighting fish are known for their tasty white meat. Look for them around rocky structures, bridge tunnels, wrecks, and artificial reefs.

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