Red snapper rules changing on Outer Banks

Anglers traveling to the Outer Banks will be able to keep a red snapper for the first time in years.

It will be one of the shortest fisheries ever, with a total of six open days. The “season” will be Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12. Anglers are allowed one fish per day and are asked to report their red snapper catches at

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in Baltimore on Nov. 13 to decide the future of menhaden management. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will provide bus transportation for local anglers to attend the meeting. Bus departure locations include the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Bass Pro Shops in Hampton and Green Top in Ashland. Lunch, snacks and t-shirts will be provided. Visit for more information.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is conducting several studies on cobia, and anglers can help without leaving their homes. The economic impacts of Virginia’s recreational cobia fishery are being explored through an online survey at

Here’s a look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:

Back River Reef: The tautog bite continues to improve as the water cools down. There are some flounder around the reef.

Beaverdam Reservoir: The winners of the Big Bash Bass Classic were Bubba West and Kevin Brooke with 12 pounds, 8 ounces. The big fish of the tournament was a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass caught by Chris Eckstein.

Buckroe Pier: The action slowed down this week. There have been some good puppy drum runs. Some speckled trout and striped bass are being caught.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Tautog catches are excellent. There are still some triggerfish on the structure, and some red drum continue to hang around.

Chickahominy: Conway’s River Rat Guide Service said some crappie are being caught. Both yellow and white perch are being caught on minnows. Pickerel are active in the creeks. Bass fishing remains good, with some citation-sized fish being caught.

Eastern Shore: Speckled trout and puppy drum catches are at their seasonal peak.

James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle said very few spot are still being caught. Speckled trout catches have picked up. There are some nice puppy drum in the catches. Striped bass are in the river.

Little Creek Reservoir: Striped bass are becoming a more common catch. Walleye fishing remains good. More crappie are being caught.

Mobjack Bay: Speckled trout fishing remains very good. Some nice puppy drum are being caught, and small striped bass are available.

Offshore: Bishop Fishing Supply said some tuna are being caught. Wahoo are hanging on the temperature breaks. Anglers trying for swordfish continue to have success. Sea bass and triggerfish are abundant on the coastal wrecks.

Poquoson Flats: Speckled trout fishing remains very good, and some nice puppy drum continue to be caught.

Waller Mill Reservoir: Small striped bass are being caught along with some largemouth bass and crappie.

York River: Grafton Fishing Supply said speckled trout catches remain strong. Puppy drum continue to be available. Small striped bass are in the river, with some nicer fish beginning to show.

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