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6 Wednesday, June I, 2016 THE JOURNAL MARK FIKE catch croaker from and it is only blossoms, and buds. In a fewweeks can damage equipment. If you get a an hour and a half or so away or they will begin eating early berries, young groundhog, dress it out and FREE FISHING WEEKEND you can try local ponds if you have If you have a strawberry patch, they roast the quarters slowly in a slow This coming weekend is the permission from landowners. Be might be into that quite seriously cooker. The meat of young ground- Free Fishing Weekend in Virginia. sure to put the kids first if you are too! hogs is very good. Any squirrels Anyone can fish for free June 3, 4, taking kids. You only get to make Keep nearby houses or structures, taken should be dressed sooner and 5 except in designated stocked a first impression once and you in mind when shooting. They won't rather than later to avoid spoilage trout waters. This includes salt- want to make it a good one! be as visible with the leaves on the and strong taste. I take a few pairs water opportunities too. If your trees. Also, Watch for snakes, par- of surgical gloves to keep nay hands spouse or the kids have been ask- SPRING SQUIRREL SEASON ticularly copperheads. Black snakes clean and avoid any concerns with ing to try fishing, this is definitely June 4th, this Saturday, is the start will eat a freshly dropped squirrel so bacteria. the weekend to do it because you of our two week special squirrel sea- don't leave your squirrels lying out will not need a license to cast a son. ! have seen more squirrels this where they fell for long. Ticks are a PLANT FOR DOVES line and take home fresh fish for spring than in the past few years, concern and special care should be June is the right time to begin put- supper! There are plenty of public Kids get out of school this week- taken to check for them when the ting in sunflower plots and other waters in our state to try including end and now is the perfect time to hunt is over. grains for dove hunts come Septem- lakes, landings on rivers and even get them out and let them exercise I really en)oy hunting for squir- ber. With recent rain and forecasts city parks and state parks with wa- some of their safe firearms practices rels and hope to get out myself, for potential rain over the next week, terfront. This website-http://www, that you have been teaching them. A They are a quarry that does not the soil should be sufficiently moist is a smallbore shotgunloaded with #4 or require hours and hours of sitting for planting and good germination. good place to get started or you #6 shot will do the job or a .22 rim- still. Give a spot 20-30 minutes and If you plant now, the plot should be can ask friends or people at tackle fire rifle will take squirrels down eas- then move on if nothing shows up. ready for the dove season opener in shops. The pier at Colonial Beach, ily too if you are in an area where it is Stalking quietly along will also be September. Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg, safe to shoot a .22 rifle, productive. If you are fortunate Motts Run Reservoir in Spotsyl- If this is your first go around for enough to have permission to hunt CATFISH EVENT AT MOTTS RUN vania (remember there is a kids' squirrels in the spring, don't bother a farm and you see a groundhog, RESERVOIR derby there Saturday morning!) hunting them in the same places you take the groundhog out too. They Motts Run Reservoir reports that Wilmont Landing in King George, do in the fall. Squirrels are now for- plague farmers by eating the crops they will hold two nighttime catfish Gloucester Point has a long pier to aging along field edges eating shoots, and digging long burrows which events. These events start around dark and end promptly at 1 a.m. The dates are June 10 and 24. These events are fun, and are in a fam- ily atmosphere. Boats with properly rigged lights have been permitted in the past. Bank fishing there is also productive. Want a cool fishing ex- perience? Try night fishing! Don't forget the bug repellent. Above and right, Dove plot planting. Below left, groundhog. Below, spring squirrel photos by Mark Fike Fishing is turning back on with baits for both species. Crappie were some positive snippets coming from still a target in the bigger creeks us- the saltwater side of things as well. ing minnows but don't be surprised Rappahannock River if you hook a bass, striper, catfish, Ken's Tackle Shop in Spotsylvania snakehead or perch on the minnows. reported quite a bit of fishing activ- The striper that were hitting last ity this past week despite the higher week are still around but not nearly waters. Snakeheads were reportedly as many. Fish on cloudy days for caught in the river downstream from them with cut baits or white or char- the City Dock. Bass were hitting be- treuse spinnerbaits or sassy shads. fore the high water too. Use spinner- Catfish are reportedly hitting very well and cutbait and chicken liver are numbers appear to be down from the pie around structure. Catfish up to reportedly the better baits, past few years. A weedless frog is a 2 pounds are being hooked from all good go to bait. over the reservoir as well. POTOMAC RIVER Saltwater The bass anglers are catching fish PONDS I have it on good credibility that up to four pounds on Senkos re- Pond action for crappie, bream several Spanish mackerel were ported Donna at Ken's. Fish the grass and bass is good. Live bait is great for caught near Virginia Beach. There and docks for bass. Yellow perch are all species. Red wigglers and worms were not many but they were caught. also hitting in the grass too. Crappie for bream, minnows for bass. Hop- Some bluefish are showing up in and bream are hitting near woody pers can catch all three, small numbers too. Light tackle ac- structure on red wigglers. Catfish are Motts Run Reservoir reports good tion for rockfish has been very good hitting all over the river on a variety bream action. They had some bass aboard The Midnight Sun charters of baits. Snakeheads are hitting in 2-3 pounds caught on a variety of in the lower Potomac and Maryland the river in the grassy areas but their baits too. Minnows are taking crap- portion of the bay. A few flounder are being caught but many are small. Redfish are schooled up but when you find a school the fish can be up to 40 inches around the CBBT and Eastern Shore. CALENDAR June 4th weekend--Free fishing days statewide. Motts Run Reservoir Kids Fishing Derby. June 4-18th--spring squirrel sea- son statewide. 6 per day. 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