Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

Steve Maddox

As the chill of early spring lingers over Virginia, anglers are finding that the cooler weather has slightly tempered the pace of fishing. Puppy Drum are showing some active presence in Rudee Inlet, Little Creek, and Lynnhaven Inlet. Connie at Long Bay Pointe reports Trout and Puppy Drum are hitting cut Shrimp and Crab back in Lynnhaven,  on the shallow flats.

Flounder enthusiasts have reasons to be optimistic as well, with some successful catches reported within the inlets.

The Bay water at Thimble Shoal has climbed to a brisk 50.5 F, creating ideal conditions for Tautog fishing. With crabs now readily available, they serve as the bait of choice.

Looking ahead, as the warmth of the season returns, it’s anticipated that Black Drum catches will surge along the Eastern Shore, with activity expected on both the oceanside and bayside.

Sea Breaze Charters

Further south on the OBX of North Carolina, Trout fishing remains steady, while Striper fishing continues to reward anglers. The northern beaches are seeing an uptick in the surf, yielding Dogfish, Skates, Blow toads, and Black Drum. The southern beaches are seeing sizable Black Drum, Puppy Drum, and Sea Mullet. Notably, the Point has been the site of the first citation Red Drum of the season.

Offshore, the Bluefin Tuna bite is holding steady, and there’s an air of anticipation among anglers as they await the uptick in Yellowfin Tuna activity.

For those with a passion for saltwater fishing, this time of year is filled with promise and potential. Whether braving the cooler temperatures for the steadfast Tautog or awaiting the warmer ocean currents that herald the arrival of Black and Yellowfin Tuna, the waters of Virginia and North Carolina offer a rich tapestry of angling adventures. Stay tuned for more updates as the season progresses and the catches continue.

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