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 - April 24, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Kerr Lake is stained at the upper end and clear at the lower end. Water level is at 303 and rising. Downlake, bass are holding in the buckbrush on points and in brushpiles. Best patterns seem to be topwater baits on points and along rock bluffs early in the morning, moving back into 8-12 feet of water after the sun comes up, with jig 'n pig, Carolina-rigged lizards and small Yamamoto Senkos.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - April 17, 2015

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Downlake on Buggs Island Lake, bass are looking to nest in the back of creeks and coves. They are also present on secondary points, where Carolina-rigged lizards will take some good fish. With the water level stable at 301.5 over the past week and water temperature still in the mid 60s, the brush is flooded and bass are holding near the buckbrush, around spawning sites.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - April 10, 2015

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Striper and white bass fishing on Buggs Island Lake is good below Kerr Dam. Bucktails and live shad are the best bait. With the lake level at 301 and falling, fishing has slowed down. With the elevated temperatures this week, the water temperatures have increased and turned the fish on. All species of resident and anadromous fish are actively getting ready to spawn.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - April 3, 2015

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Friday, April 3, 2015

The water level is fairly steady in Buggs Island Lake. Currently, it stands at 302.5 feet. The current has all the fish biting well.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - March 27, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Recent rains have raised the Buggs Island lake level to 302. Normal water level is 300. Stripers are biting well on live shad. Fishing is good from Nutbush Creek to Palmers Point, and from the mouth of Eastland Creek to Butchers Creek.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - March 20, 2015

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some good catches of bass are being made on main lake points on jig 'n pig, slow-rolled spinnerbaits and rattling crankbaits. Bass are also being caught by anglers fishing the willows on main lake points with black/blue jig 'n pig, chartreuse spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. The lunker pattern is to fish rip-rap with spinnerbaits.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - March 13, 2015

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The water level on Buggs Island lake is at 302 and falling, as snow melt is being released. Some good bass are taking shad-colored crankbaits on main lake points. Concentrate on the rocky, red clay points.

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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - March 6, 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015

As the water level rises and with the warming temperatures next week, the bass should return to the bushes on shallow points, back ends of creeks and coves. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jig 'n pig and plastic grubs are the preferred baits. Crappie fishing is great, around submerged structure in the creeks. Many of the fish are exceeding two pounds.

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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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