Canal Flatties

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Monday, December 22, 2014

"Hot Side" Lake Anna 12/21/14

For those who don't know, the hot side of Lake Anna is a series of 3 cooling pools from the power plant totaling to somewhere in the ballpark of 3,000 acres I think. 
  I went kayak fishing there yesterday with my brother and two of my friends, this was our first time taking a fishing trip there. We launched at dike 3, the water there was 55 degrees and I had caught a 12"er on a jerkbait before we even got all the kayaks in the water, my friend caught a 15"er on a shakyhead shortly after that, and my little brother landed two on a 3XD---All within 30 minutes of launching, a very good sign. We decided to explore some so we paddled about 2 miles before stopping to fish, the water was up to 58 degrees at this point (getting closer to the plant). My brother and my friend Kevin stopped to fish a school they marked on the bottom on a drop off that went from 18' to 30', and my brother caught a nice chunky 4 pounder vertical jigging a 1/2oz redeye shad. My friend Ethan and I fished a couple of docks, and found a good school of dinks that were eating drop shots pretty well, we caught about 6 of them before heading on.
  From that point we paddled all the way to dike 2, only stopping once to fish a school we marked in 40 FOW, we landed 3 catfish and assumed that was all that was down there, but then I landed a little largemouth, by far my deepest bass ever. The water at dike 2 (a very long riprap bank) was 64 degrees and the dinks were schooled up cruising the bank.We fished weightless plastics, drop shots, and shakyheads, landing a bunch of them in the hour and a half we spent there. After that bite started shutting down, we went to fishing drop shots and shakeyheads in about 12-15 FOW  parallel to the riprap, we caught some more of the usual 12-13" bass, I got one that was 15".
   So overall we didn't catch anything of size besides the 4lber, but to crush the dinks in the middle of December was something I needed BADLY. Next time we go I think we will try to work on those offshore fish some more, this was my first time catching offshore bass successfully. 



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Exceptional catches for this time of year.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures and catches. The fish in those ponds should eat all winter long.

Anonymous said...

How do you get to those mystery waters?

Nolan Minor said...

In kayaks, park at dike III and carry them across the road. With a boat you need to know someone with a ramp.