RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER - WATERVIEW TO STINGRAY POINT - PIANKATANK RIVER TO CHERRY POINT


Area 1 - Punchbowl Point/Buoy "9" area.

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Area 2 - Weeks Flats.

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Area 3 - Towles Point Bar/Parsens Lump area.

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Area 4 - Rappahannock River Bridge - Rockfish congregate along bridge pilings as well as grey trout.

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Area 5 - Parrot Island/Silos Area - Good spot for general bottom fishing.

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Area 6 - Butlers Hole - The deepest spot in the river. Trout, blues, other species collect along edges of the hole.

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Area 7 - Mosquito Point Day Marker - Steep drop-off here attracts a lot of fish. Flounder on sand bottom near marker.

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Area 8 - Day marker "7" Area - Oyster beds on both sides of the marker are natural fish attractors.

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Area 9 - North bank Area - Brisk northerly winds during late summer/early fall bring in trout, blues and flounder here.

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Area 10 - R "5" Buoy Area - Oyster beds surrounding the buoy attract spot, croaker and other species.

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Area 11 - Stingray Light - Rocks at base of the light attract tautog, rockfish and sometimes speckled trout. Float soft or peeler crabs into the rocks at slack tide. This area is too difficult to fish during a running tide. Windmill Light rocks across the mouth of the river provide the same opportunities.

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Area 12 - Route 3, Piankatank River Bridge - Pilings along the bridge hold good numbers of rockfish and sometimes blues. Cast soft plastics or live-line small spot into the pilings during October and early November.

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Area 13 - Unnamed Deep Hole - This area is located about a half a mile down river from the Rt. 3 bridge. Align your boat opposite a boat house on the north shore and a marsh point on the south. The edges of the 38 foot depths here hold good numbers of grey trout and bluefish during late summer/early fall. Big croaker are abundant here mid spring through summer.

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Area 14 - Stove Point/Day Marker "10" Area - Fish the steep drop off near the marker.

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Area 15 - Cherry Point On The Piankatank - Anglers often overlook the huge horse croakers that feed in the shallow waters just off the point. Rockfish, blues, occasional grey/speckled trout or puppy drum may also show up here. Casting with soft plastics or surface poppers can sometimes be effective here on a rising tide early or late in the day.

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Area 16 - R "6" Buoy Area At Mouth of the Piankatank - Good bottom fishing area.

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Angling Action in the Area

The tidal Rappahannock, and Piankatank provide anglers with a variety of piscatorial opportunities. Similar to other areas throughout the Bay region, croaker have been abundant to the point of becoming a nuisance. Big growlers have arrived as early as the first week in April during recent years. Early in the season, some of the best catches are made in water as shallow as three feet on or near high tide. Rockfish are experiencing another population surge and many smaller, school rock were caught by plug casters all during the summer of 2001. These fish school and become more active as the water begins to cool in October. November sees an increase in larger rock at the lower end of the tidal rivers. Grey trout and tailor bluefish action has been sporadic from May to October. Action is good one day and nonexistent the next. Spot arrive in late May and build to a peak in late summer/early fall. Flounder action has also been sporadic in these rivers, but some 5 to 7 lb. doormats have been landed. Speckled trout and puppy drum make occasional appearances in this area, but action on speckled trout has been unusually poor during 2001. Most anglers prefer to bottom fish with bait in these rivers for a relaxing, lazy afternoon on the water. Don't overlook opportunities to to jig or cast soft plastics over channel drop offs or shallow flats near deeper water. You might catch grey trout, bluefish and rock while bait dunkers are limited to spot and croaker. Live-lining with small spot can be very effective for larger grey trout and bluefish during early fall. The same technique is deadly for rockfish near bridge pilings during October and early November. The Piankatank River presents anglers with a unique opportunity to fish for both fresh and salt water species on the same day. Boaters can run upriver towards Dragon Run for bass and pan fish, then move down river later in the day for a variety of salt water species.

Region Hot Spots for Boat Anglers

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Shore Fishing in the Region

Rappahannock River

Canoe House Landing - A small recreation area on McKans Bay at the end of Rt. 605 from Jamaica.

Mill Stone Landing - A public ramp area with bank fishing.  Take Rt. 640 to 608 from Samos.

Saluda Landing - Located at terminus of Rt. 618 from Saluda.

Upper Mill Creek Landing - Public ramp/recreation area with extensive beach area east of the ramp. Big croaker are numerous in the mouth of the creek from spring through summer. Rockfish, trout and spot occasionally show up. Pier is lighted for night fishing. Beach area presents good opportunities for plug and fly casters. Croaker swarm the beach drop offs and bulkheads at high tide during spring and summer. Take Rt. 623 from 33 to end of Rt. 626.

Piankatank River

Deep Point Landing - Bank fishing at public recreation area. Take Rt. 606 from Rt. 198 at Harcum. Croaker and rockfish are the most likely targets. Bass and pan fish fish may also present in the brackish waters here. Canoes and john boats can be carried in and launched to reach freshwater areas further up river. Anglers will find action there on largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie and bream. Down river the water is saltier and croaker, spot and trout dominate.

Hallieford Public Landing - A salt water recreation area near the mouth of the river. Anglers will find rockfish, spot, croaker, trout and an occasional flounder here. Take Rt. 626 to Rt. 632.

Warehouse Landing - A small boat launch area just up river from Hallieford Landing. Take Rt. 631 from Rt. 198.

Roane's Point Landing - Another small boat launch area just up river from Warehouse Landing. Take Rt. 630 from Rt. 198.