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Anyone Hit The Occoquan Reservoir Lately?

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11 hours ago, Choporoz said:

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really? other conditions permitting that is not totally un-fishable.  Maybe the season is not completely over.

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The 2019 season is upon us so I wanted to start up this thread again.  If those that love fishing the Rez could provide updates on the conditions, the bass spawn cycle and related movements it would be awesome!

 

Don't forget to post pics of the lunkers that you land.

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Cold and dirty, nothing to see here, move along............. stay off my res..........

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1 hour ago, quanjig said:

Cold and dirty, nothing to see here, move along............. stay off my res..........

Well that's awful neighborly of you. I thought I saw your name on this one...

Don't worry I put him back so don't get your panties in a bunch!

 

 

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ill be on the other side of the dam soon for some shad action....

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On 3/13/2019 at 8:47 PM, SeeNoSun said:

Well that's awful neighborly of you. I thought I saw your name on this one...

Don't worry I put him back so don't get your panties in a bunch!

 

 

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Nice fish!!! To bad it’s not a recent pic!!! Leaves on the trees are a dead give away!!😂

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On 3/16/2019 at 11:53 AM, quanjig said:

Nice fish!!! To bad it’s not a recent pic!!! Leaves on the trees are a dead give away!!😂

That was caught on Oct 29, 2018. Never said it was a recent catch.  Had three really nice ones last year.  Going out for the first time this year on Thursday. Looking forward to returning to the cold muddy water of the Rez.

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Spent a few hours fighting wind this weekend out there.  Didn't find any that really moved up yet.  Very slow.  Some hanging out in trees, but nothing feeding aggressively anywhere that I found.

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Went out today. Water temps around 50.  Launched at Fountainhead and pedaled up to the splits and back. Not much movement yet but it was a nice day on the Rez.  I even got a little sunburn on my face.

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Dusted off the old rental boats at Fountainhead on Saturday.  It was beautiful out but the bass weren't cooperating at all.  I figured with the recent warming trend they would push to the shallows. Boy was I wrong. Nothing in the creeks and pockets.  Caught the 4 doinks that bit and had a decent one chase me to the boat.  Talked to one guy out there that said he had a good morning with a jerkbait. Guess I'll have to regroup next weekend. 

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There are a couple spots to hike to, but unless you are fishing for catfish, it is not worth it in my opinion.

You can rent a jon boat at fountainhead and Lake Ridge, though.

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I had an internship working at Occoquan last year.  I was putting up mile markers along their water trail.  I would always see people pulling out impressive cats out of the reservoir but I never saw anyone catch a bass there unless they were in a Jon boat or a canoe. I went out on my buddy's Jon Boat in late August and we caught a few baby bass but we had to cover a lot of water to catch them.  I just don't think its worth fishing from shore.

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Got out there for about 3 hours in the rain yesterday for first time in a couple months.  Don't think I've ever seen it higher.  All but a couple feet of the concrete ramp at Fountainhead was submerged.   Not even a nibble shallow.  One bite all day off of bottom wood in about 8 FOW.

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On 4/10/2019 at 8:36 PM, microotter said:

Is it worth visiting Occoquan Reservoir to fish from shore? 

I'll have to disagree with others - it'll take a few times out, but you can do OK from the shore. Fountainhead has never done much for me but Bull Run Marina is a different story. Head left under the bridge for several decent spots, fish off the docks for crappie, or head around the shallow cove to the right of the docks before about 11am. Biggest bass I've caught from shore is probably 15", but they're out there. You can make a morning out of 10" crappie too.

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On 5/9/2019 at 10:08 PM, VAcreekfish said:

I'll have to disagree with others - it'll take a few times out, but you can do OK from the shore. Fountainhead has never done much for me but Bull Run Marina is a different story. Head left under the bridge for several decent spots, fish off the docks for crappie, or head around the shallow cove to the right of the docks before about 11am. Biggest bass I've caught from shore is probably 15", but they're out there. You can make a morning out of 10" crappie too.

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Finally had a decent day out there last saturday.  Put 18 in the boat with the 5 biggest pushing 17lbs.  Pretty much everything came shallow.  No electronics force me beat the bank.  Looks like they are starting to spawn. 

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Had a good morning out there Sunday.  I had prepared myself to fish deep, a technique that I REALLY need to work on.  But, I didn't get around to it.  Was kept plenty busy dropping t-rigs down ledges and working chatterbaits around grass.  Two biggest went 19", and numbers were fun.  They really seemed to be stacked up.  When I found fish, I caught more than one, sometimes much more in a smallish area.  When I didn't catch fish, I could go hundreds of yards without a bite.

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