Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature: 67
Beaverdam Reservoir Fishing Report
April 20th, 2015
Submitted by, Park Ranger Michelle
The water temp this week is holding steady at 66 degrees in most of the lake. At 10 feet the water is 61 degrees. The pool is full and the grass is low. The water clarity is three feet when the sun is shining. The lake has begun to spawn finally after a confusing season. Many of the bigger Bass have bedded down deep in 6-8 feet of water, while many of the 3-4 pound bucks have bedded down near the shoreline. This past Saturday, April 18th we hosted our second tournament to the Big Bash open Bass tournament series. Thirty four Teams entered the Tournament and 131 bass were weighed and released. The Biggest fish of the day went to Robert Countiss with 6 pounds 8 ounces. She was a pretty female feeding underneath a fallen tree. Robert said his bait looked like a caterpillar falling off the tree into the water.
First Place of the day went to Gloucester County Anglers Quillie and Robert Countiss with a 16.8 lb bag. The boys took their chances and rode the pattern of the shoreline, staying in 5 feet of water.
Second Place went Steve Harger and Brian West also of Gloucester county with a 14.5 lb bag. Brian said they caught most of their fish in the shallow flats using soft plastics.
Third Place went to Dave Walker and Tom Hodges of Gloucester County with a 14.4 lb bag.
The weather was perfect and water was smooth, it was a good day on the lake.
Crawdads and Juicy worms are desirable to the bass right now; lizards and frogs are starting to surface around the shoreline, and make a tasty snack early in the morning.
Crappie are starting to show up again around the lake in thicker numbers, but nothing too exciting. The dock fishermen seem to have the best luck pulling in the fish around sunset, jigging bright yellow.
The bullhead cats have been biting on the bottom mudded down on anything that drops on their heads. Perch are quiet but the Bluegill is all over the place. Many of the panfish are still bundled up in the ponds, feeding off the top water bugs. And those pickerel are hanging out near those bass. So, where you catch pickerel expect a bass nearby, the same way the eagles are with the osprey right now, ready to scoop in on some action. Be careful with those fancy rigs, a pickerel has no mercy. Itâ€™s Fish season at Beaverdam. Enjoy and fish responsibly- Michelle
For more information about our Big Bash Open Tournament series you can email us at Beaverdam@gloucesterva.info or call the Ranger Station at (804) 693-2107 for updates on fishing at Beaverdam,water temps and upcoming events you can follow us on Facebook at Big Bash Open Bass Tournament Series.