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 - November 21, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, November 21, 2014

Lots of large crappie are being taken from the bridge pilings and submerged brushpiles on live minnows and tiny jigs. Lots of bass are being caught, particularly in Bluestone and Grassy Creeks. Shallow running crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastic worms are the more productive baits.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - November 14, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, November 14, 2014

Bass fishing is good throughout Buggs Island Lake, with the bass holding in pockets, coves, and bluff banks. Rat-L-Traps, ripped through the pockets and coves, are producing 2-5 pound largemouths.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - November 7, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, November 7, 2014

Bass fishing is good throughout the Buggs Island Lake, with the bass holding in pockets, coves and bluff banks. Rattletraps, ripped through the pockets and coves, are producing 2-5 pound largemouths.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 31, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

On Buggs Island Lake, crappie anglers are loading coolers with 1-3 pound fish, using small minnows over brushpiles and around bridge pilings. Bass may be taken in shallow water, holding on rockpiles in backs of pockets.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - October 24, 2014

Updated: 
Friday, October 24, 2014

Fishing in Buggs Island Lake improved this past week. Crappie anglers are loading coolers with 1-3 pound fish, using small minnows over brushpiles and
around bridge pilings.

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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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