Baby bass biting

Published 8:55 pm Friday, June 16, 2023

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By Jeff Turner

RiverGuard Report


Spirit of Moonpie and I spent June the 9th through the 11th on the Nottoway below Delaware. The water was clear, normal and 75 degrees. Air temps ranged from a chilly 51 to 89 degrees. I saw no water quality issues and hardly any trash. I did remove two abandoned limb lines that had been left in the water at least two weeks. 

Once again, the catfishing was terrible for us. I caught one measly 2-pounder the first night. The second night JR came out, and we fished hard till nearly 4 a.m. Moving several times we still caught no fish. We even tried several different baits on the four rods we ran that night. I just don’t know what has happened to the monster cats. On the other hand, that first day I caught like 15 largemouth. The biggest was only 2 pounds, and I caught one that was smaller than my lure. Most were caught on a modified Mepps. I also caught an 8.5-pound gar that was the hardest-fighting gar I have ever caught. I’ve caught two in my life over 15 pounds, and they did not fight like this thing. It was actually towing the pontoon boat around! If I had lost that fish without seeing it, I would have sworn it weighed 20 pounds. It was 41 inches long. I also caught two large chain pickerel; one was almost a citation at 3.14 pounds.

I just don’t know what has happened to the big catfish. I know last year there was a small catfish kill from lack of D.O. or high-water temps or both. Maybe more were killed than I thought. Anyway, I’ll try it again next time I go on the two rivers we call the Nottoway and Blackwater.

Jeff Turner is the Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard. To contact him about river issues, send him an email at He can also be followed on the Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard Facebook page. Just type in “Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard” in the search field on Facebook.