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 - February 27, 2015

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Friday, February 27, 2015

With the continued extremely cold weather, most waters are either iced in or are showing lots of ice, particularly in shallow areas. Consequently, few anglers are out. On Buggs Island Lake, some good bass are being taken on points. Fish 6-10 feet of water near rocks, using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic grubs, and Carolina-rigged lizards.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - February 20, 2015

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Largemouth bass fishing is fair on Buggs Island's main lake points in six feet of water, near rocks. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and five inch chartreuse/pepper grubs are the preferred baits. Most of the shallow water and area protected from the wind are frozen throughout the state. Launch ramps are dangerous as water falling from trailers freezes immediately upon hitting the concrete ramp, making it easy for vehicles to slide into the water.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - February 13, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Crappie fishing is excellent on Buggs Island Lake, with the tasty fish being found in 3-8 feet of water. Bass anglers are finding some fish along the banks with crankbaits. Shallow humps in the lake, adjacent to deep water, are producing good catches of bass, on Silver Buddies and deep-diving crankbaits. Carolina rigged baits are also taking some bass.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - February 6, 2015

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Bass action on Buggs Island Lake is fair to good on spinnerbaits and live shad in 6-8 feet of water, off points.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 30, 2015

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bass fishing is fair on Buggs Island Lake, with small fish being taken on jig 'n pig and crankbaits in 6-12 feet of water, on points. The larger fish are halfway back in the coves, feeding in late afternoon and evening. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are taking some good bass from riprap throughout the lake. Rat-L-Traps are also taking some fish.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 23, 2015

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Striper fishing is good in Buggs Island Lake, with live bait and 3/8 ounce bucktails producing the better catches. Largemouth bass are favoring the main lake gravel points and may be caught on 10+ crankbaits in shad colors.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 16, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Striper fishing is good with live bait and 3/8 ounce bucktails producing the better catches. One of the better areas is around the Rudds Creek Bridge.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 9, 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

On Buggs Island Lake, largemouth bass are catchable by working spoons and spinnerbaits in 20-25 feet of water on dropoffs, in the lower end. The sun in the afternoon is bringing them up on rocky points to feed. Jig 'n pig and fat plastic grubs are the ticket.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - January 2, 2015

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Friday, January 2, 2015

On Buggs Island Lake, largemouth bass may be caught in 3-4 feet of water on Speed Shads and Poe's RC3 crankbaits. A stop-and-go retrieve is working best. Crappie are hovering around deep brushpiles. Vertical jigging minnows over the brushpiles will produce the better fish. Striper fishing is slow.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - December 26, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, December 26, 2014

Largemouth bass may still be caught in 3-4 feet of water on Speed Shads and Poe's RC3 crankbaits. A stop-and-go retrieve is working best.

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