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It was built for drinking water for the county, don't catch much around edges  except some dinks everything else s out in 35-45 ft. only thing we see on fish finder is grass on bottom,  no trees- NOTHNG . all  the big fish I see are close to bottom and being it's so hot only thing I can see fishing with is a worm. Not even lillypads .

Gonna be a long  summer  the few sticks or small tree branches I do see  look dead, nothing to realy hold fish.

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Motts rez in Fredericksburg And ni   in spottsy co. and  hunting run in spottsy got a little grass on points.

 

motts, the ni, and huting run

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I haven't been on Motts or Ni.  Hunting run has a lot of submerged brush, great, easy to define points and channels.

You are right, that those small stick-ups often only hold dinks in the summer, but they are still good for helping to discern contours.

BTW, I was on Mooney for the first time a week ago and caught a LOT of dinks, but did have a couple good fish on.  It is another good lake to work the many long points in the summer.  You may not get a PB out of there, but you can hone your offshore summer tactics on easy to find drops and points without graphing the whole lake to find deeper fish hangouts 

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Bassman, you got to go where the fish are.

 

So go deep with a deep diving crankbait, spoon, or plastic on a Carolina rig. Try a wacky Senko, too. Anything to hit the lowest water column and the bottom.

 

I would suggest the "Ned Rig" but I have never fished it in that deep of water depth.

 

If they are in the area they may hit your bait out of anger or frustration.

 

Also, any way you can hit the water before sunrise and throw some top waters and upper water column baits? Or fish until the sun sets and they come up to feed?  Just a suggestion.

 

Let us know how you do and on what body of water you did your best.  Good luck.

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Choporoz said:

BTW, I was on Mooney for the first time a week ago and caught a LOT of dinks, but did have a couple good fish on.  It is another good lake to work the many long points in the summer.  You may not get a PB out of there, but you can hone your offshore summer tactics on easy to find drops and points without graphing the whole lake to find deeper fish hangouts 

I hadn't heard of Mooney before.  Sounds like it woul be worth a visit.  How are the crowds?

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@CountryboyinDC, crowds were not an issue the one day that I was there.  My understanding is that it has only been open for fishing for a few years.  Probably could be helped by some dink harvesting.  But even without intense management,  I bet it has a good future 

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What is posted on Lake Mooney:

 

Lake Mooney

This new 520-acre reservoir opened to public fishing on July 1, 2017.  The fish community has matured to the point that angling can be supported.  The lake experienced a protracted filling operation and finally reached full pool in early 2016.  The lake name (originally Rocky Pen Reservoir for its impounded stream) was changed to honor the late Stafford Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Mooney.  The reservoir is steep sided and deep with moderate residential development along shorelines and features abundant submersed brush and rocky outcrops.  Several fish habitat structures were also constructed in winter 2015 (which are currently unmarked but should be marked during 2017).  Mooney is a water supply for Stafford County.

Maps & Directions

Take Route 17 north from Fredericksburg, turn left onto Banks Ford Parkway, and right on Greenbank Road.  Stafford Parks and Recreation access is at 500 Greenbank Road, Falmouth, VA 22406. Map

Fishing Opportunities

Lake Mooney was stocked with primary warm water species between 2014 and 2016 including Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Channel Catfish.  Black Crappie and Largemouth Bass naturally colonized the filling reservoir from inundated ponds.  Stafford County impoundments are not known for productivity, and Mooney is no exception.

Relatively clear, slightly tannin-stained water combined with the protracted filling process to result in a predator heavy community featuring Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie stockpiling at smaller sizes.  This means a potentially high level of success in terms of catch rate (quantity) but not necessarily good quality at this point, although bass over 18″ were sampled during electrofishing in May 2017.  Thus, the 12-inch maximum length limit on bass (anglers are allowed to harvest up to five bass per day less than 12″, but possession of any bass over 12″ is illegal).  Harvest of any size Black Crappie up to the state creel limit of 25 per day is encouraged.

The lake’s fish populations are surveyed annually primarily to monitor Largemouth Bass size structure and forage base.

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Thanks @Choporoz.  It's a little bit of a haul for me, bit if I can get away from the elbow-to-elbow crowds I find about everywhere around here, I can deal with drinks.  That's what I catch on the Shenandoah and Rappahannock mostly anyway.  @Sam, thanks as well.

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Gonna go deep tomorrow, got some lg.worms and got some deep crankbaits . worms might work being  i'am  fishing with someone that don't have a lot of patience for slow fishing. and it's their boat lol. but I have had good luck in 25 ft of water off pts with worms.

 

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