Charlie Taylor's Buggs Island Fishing Reports

fishing graphic We're pleased to provide weekly fishing reports from Virginia Outdoor Writer Charlie Taylor. We receive his reports and post them late Thursday or early Friday in time to give you a lead on the best places to fish over the weekend. We also maintain an archive of previous reports so you can track fishing trends on Buggs Island Lake.

Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 17, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, October 17, 2014

On Buggs Island Lake, bass may be caught shallow in 2-3 feet of water, medium in 5-6 feet of water or by fishing deep in 11-12 feet of water. Shallow fish are holding in backs of pockets on rockpiles. Use shallow running or rattling crankbaits with a high speed retrieve.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 10, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, October 10, 2014

With the results of the most recent storm dumping good amounts of rain throughout the state, waters are likely to be heavily stained to muddy. Smaller streams are likely to be swift running this week. Caution is advised when boating or wading in these conditions.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 3, 2014

Updated: 
Thursday, October 2, 2014

The cooler temperatures are sending the fish on the feed as the water temperatures begin to drop and baitfish school up and head for the backs of creeks. As the water cools, look for all species of fish to begin taking faster moving baits, such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Next week should signal the start of some of the best fishing of the year.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - September 26, 2014

Updated: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throughout the state, the lower temperatures will accomplish three things; lower the water temperatures, cause the fish to head to the backs of the creeks, chasing baitfish, and make the fish much more aggressive in feeding.

In Buggs Island Lake, the water level is at 300 feet and stable.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - September 19, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, September 19, 2014

Bass are holding on points and chasing shad in the coves. Bass are being caught in good numbers, and are hitting aggressively. Grubs are taking bass in the 1-3 pound class, while 1/2 ounce willow-leaf spinnerbaits are taking the better fish.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - September 12, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, September 12, 2014

Bass are being caught by anglers concentrating on shad schools, near submerged wood cover, in the creeks. Shallow running crankbaits and plastic baits, cast into these areas, will take the bass.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - September 5, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, September 5, 2014

When fish are found, anglers can load the boat, but finding them is the trick. Best action is coming from midlake and downlake areas, and seems to be centered around the points halfway back in the creeks and in the edges of the flooded cover in the coves.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - August 29, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, August 29, 2014

Bass are schooled up on structure and can be consistently caught on old road beds and points in 4-10 feet of water. Fish are aggressively hitting lures bumped on structure. Best lures are plastic worms and grubs in light colors, fished on Carolina rigs.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - August 22, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, August 22, 2014

Bass fishing should be improving with the falling temperatures and stabilizing weather. Best pattern appears to be a Carolina rigged, pumpkinseed Zoom lizard, fished in 20-25 feet of water on main lake points. Working these baits across the middle of coves in the creeks, is also producing well.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - August 15, 2014

Updated: 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bass action has slowed in the past week. Some good fish are being taken by fishing red mud points with stumps. Long tapering points on islands are also producing fish on deep diving crankbaits and plastic grubs. Spinnerbaits, slow-rolled in shallow water, early in the mornings will take some fish.

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