Fishing report: Bay rockfish season opens

Correspondent

The bay rockfish season is now open. Anglers may keep two striped bass per day between 20 and 28 inches long. One of these fish may be greater than 28 inches.

The coastal striped bass season is also open. Anglers fishing in the coastal area may keep only one striped bass per day, with a minimum size of 28 inches. The coastal area includes inside the seaside inlets. This coastal season will remain open through March. It is important to know which regulations apply to the area you are fishing.

The sea bass season is closed. It will reopen Oct. 22.

The annual meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be Oct. 15-19. It is open to the public and is convenient for local anglers, as this year’s event will be held at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk. Management of many marine species important to anglers will be discussed. Information about the meeting can be found at: asmfc.org/home/2017-annual-meeting.

There is a boating safety class at the Hampton Bass Pro Shops Oct. 21. You can find free registration at: dgif.virginia.gov/boating.

A look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:

Chickahominy: Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait said bass action is very good as the fish move into their fall patterns. Pickerel, bowfin and catfish are also active.

Poquoson Flats: Puppy drum, speckled trout and school striped bass are being caught on the flats. Spot are plentiful off the edge of the flats.

Little Creek Reservoir: Walleye catches remain good. More striped bass and largemouth bass are being caught.

Mobjack Bay: The spot run continues. Speckled trout, puppy drum and striped bass are being caught.

James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle said spot remain the hot bite. Speckled trout and puppy drum are being caught. Catfish action is improving up the river.

Back River Reef: Tautog are on the structure. Red drum are a common by-catch. Spot are in the area.

Buckroe Pier: The spot bite remains strong. Good numbers of flounder are being caught. Speckled trout, red drum and croaker are also being caught.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Tautog fishing is excellent. Big red drum continue to be caught. Anglers trying for striped bass are having some luck but are catching more bluefish than rockfish.

Eastern Shore: Puppy drum and speckled trout are being caught in the bayside creeks. Some big red drum are being pulled from the surf.

Waller Mill Reservoir: Striped bass fishing is good. Some crappie and largemouth bass are being caught.

Bluefish Rock: Schools of small bluefish are roaming the area. There are flounder and spot on the bottom.

York River: Grafton Fishing Supply said spot fishing remains very productive. Speckled trout and puppy drum are being caught. Plenty of striped bass are in the river. They can be found concentrated around any lit structure at night.

Offshore: Bishop Fishing Supply said boats going offshore have found an increase in the tuna action. Wahoo and some dolphin are also being caught. Tilefish are available for bottom fishermen. Sea bass are off limits, but triggerfish and flounder are also holding around the coastal wrecks. Spot and big red drum are being caught along the oceanfront.

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