Virginia went from drought to flood in a snap. Rain from earlier this month really helped the remaining pre spawn bite for musky. With flows higher and water clarity being green, musky do not have as much time to think about wether to eat or not. Over the past five guided trips we have had eight muskies eat the fly but unfortunately only three were landed. Out of those eight that ate the fly, five of them ate on the figure 8. We had a few monster fish eat but all of those got away except for the 48 inch fish pictured below. 48 inch musky is a trophy for a experienced angler but to have one that big for your first is just awesome. In fact I told my client he should quit and never think about trying again, it’ll be hard to top that. I’m not sure how long this bite is going to last. Water temps have reached 50 degrees so it won’t be long before muskies start to spawn. If you miss the pre spawn bite you can always look forward to post spawn late April and May.
Lake Moomaw a month ago was 17 feet below full pond. The recent rains brought the lake up in know time. Flows increased on the Jackson River from 160 cfs to 1200cfs. Flows 600-1200cfs are great for throwing streamers for brown trout from the boat. I was worried it was not going to happen with the drought but Mother Nature pulled through. Weather has warmed up so the ground hog was wrong, at least for now. We have 3 more weeks to go before first day of Spring. Looking forward to flowers, green grass, flip flops, shorts, and migratory fish like the striped bass.