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I've passed lake mercer on runs and bike rides and I've always wondered if it was a good lake for fishing. Has anyone caught anything there recently? I don't own a kayak or anything but tips and places to look for fish would be well appreciated!

Thanks!

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b868900a.jpg Caught this one in March on a jerkbait from the dam.

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Certain times of the year you can do some serious damage! When I first started fishing Mercer you could catch some really big pickerel, havn't see any come out of there in a long time.

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I got a 5+lber from Mercer; my biggest until I got a 7 at Lake Anna. I fish from shore and am there at least two days a week. lots of places to fish from shore and while it may not be as good as it was a few years ago, it's a lot better than Burke. I pull a lot of 1 lbers out so there's still hope that some of those will grow to be giants. Don't take any out unless you have to.

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Common now. I'm very proud of that fish!! Especially since it came from Mercer!!

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After someone told me about it on the day u caught it l was there the next day.. To no avail!

Common now. I'm very proud of that fish!! Especially since it came from Mercer!!

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Thai and I caught a couple of nice fish the day before as well and I just went back up on a whim and caught that one!!

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haha, HI GUYS!

I suck at Mercer....even on my kayak...

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I got a 5+lber from Mercer; my biggest until I got a 7 at Lake Anna. I fish from shore and am there at least two days a week. lots of places to fish from shore and while it may not be as good as it was a few years ago, it's a lot better than Burke. I pull a lot of 1 lbers out so there's still hope that some of those will grow to be giants. Don't take any out unless you have to.

VAparot I am amazed I have not bumped into you these last two weeks. I have been land locked and been hitting mercer a lot lately, with consistent catches of 5 fish. One ended up just shy of 3lbs.... and went right back in amongst the stumps he tried to wrap himself in.

You mentioned burke, was just out on it yesterday to test the boat's repairs out on....... best day I have ever had on it. 6 bass and one yellow perch. I threw every technique at them (drops shot, cranks, spinner, carolina rig, ..ect) but all came on a boohya buzzbait..... which i must highly recomend (lost my second calvitron on a cast break off..... not sure why that keeps happening)

This guy was an ounce shy of 3lbs but was only just over 14 inches.... post-29060-0-75683300-1307475326_thumb.j

This was a very ambitious perch...... was barely as big as the buzz bait. post-29060-0-88512000-1307475334_thumb.j

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That "yellow perch" looks an awful lot like a rock bass :P

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or a blue gill. Nice work out there, none the less. topwater.....mmmm....

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haha fish debate....awesome.

Dan I thought rock bass too...... but It was sooooo yellow and no red eye. I have never caught a rock bass down here in VA..... caught them constantly in ny. I mean every time I fished in ny for bass with minnows or shiners, you were guaranteed that the rock bass were going to whack it and get their share. That would make sense too because they were always so aggressive.

I did not think the shape was right for a yellow perch..... but I have never caught one. I thought they were far more narrow and less flat..... But here was this very yellow fish staring me in the face. So I figured...maybe yellow perch.

After doing some research (sorry boss haha) I thought green sunfish too, but then the fins on top look off..... So then I went back to Rock bass. Then read about a Warmouth (do not think that). Now I wish I took a second picture. I am leaning Rock bass, but the color and lack of red eye make me doubt it and think green sunfish. Either way it is great to catch something new and greta to have guys on here be able to talk about it.

I must say it is really interested to see one so yellow and with a pattern like that. I might have to bust out the strike king chartrues and black crank bait a lot more whenever I go to burke again. Either that or my new lucky craft bluegill looking one.

I forget to say the water temps on burke were all low to mid 80's...... so while I was catching them shallow I am sure the bigger boys were deeper and cooler (and probably locked jawed because it was burke). No complaints though, was a fun day.

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It could very easily be a greenie, I jumped to rock bass because I've seen them caught there before but it shares characteristics of a greenie as well.

Me and a friend went out on Burke at night last weekend and caught a few fish. He caught a ~4lb and I caught a dink and a ~2lber on the back side of the island. Saw several other boats fishing in the dark as well.

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Stitching a live nightcrawler on a splitshot rig will catch some nice walleye at night out there!!

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Are the walleye really active at all in the summer? Or is it too hot?

Speaking of hot.... pushed my luck and went to Burke again (again mainly because I can stay out after dark) and the water temp was consistently 90..... and in some places 91. I know I was baking in the sun, the fish might have been doing the same. No luck this time around.

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Sometimes you can cruse the weedlines and look for movement and toss a jig to them. This time of year with the heat, I shakey them on points and drops near points. C-rig and jigs do the trick as well. At the end of the evening, try the dam with jigs in the weeds.

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