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Fishing Report – A Week of Challenges and Anticipation

Date: April 12, 2024

Dear Fish Whisper Community,

It’s been a trying week for us at Fish Whisper with unexpected health concerns and a harrowing car accident. However, our spirits remain unshaken, and our commitment to bringing you accurate and trustworthy fishing reports stands stronger than ever.

While we were unable to personally verify the conditions at our local piers, we’ve gathered some insights from our reliable contacts. At James T. Wilson Pier, there have been whispers of croaker making an appearance alongside the usual skates, though the trout and drum seem to be playing hide and seek.

Over at Ocean View, the word is that skates and rays are the main actors on stage. Meanwhile, the James River is putting on a show with a few stripers and a strong cast of catfish.

Despite these setbacks, we’re excited about the week ahead. The water is warming, and with the air following suit, we’re on the cusp of what could be a fantastic fishing frenzy. So, keep your tackle ready and your spirits high!

Here are a few tips to make the most of the upcoming conditions:

  • Check your gear: Make sure your lines are strong and your hooks are sharp.
  • Stay informed: Keep an eye on the weather and water temperature trends.
  • Share your stories: We may not have been out there this week, but we’d love to hear your tales of the one that didn’t get away.

As always, we encourage you to bridge the communication gap between fish and fish enthusiasts. Share your insights and adventures on our platform, and remember, nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

Until we can provide you with first-hand reports again, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your understanding and support. Let’s look forward to an optimistic week of fishing ahead!

Tight lines and calm seas,

The Fish Whisper Team

April 5, 2024 Fishing Report

Weekly Fishing Round-Up: Catch the Latest!

James T Wilson Pier

Good news, anglers! The James T Wilson Pier is back in action. A 24-inch Speckled Trout was the star of the show, and our very own Brian also had a successful day out. Drum sightings were aplenty, though they played hard to get.

James River Pier

Stirred waters made for an interesting week at the James River Pier. While the Cat Fish were the only ones eager to bite amidst the rains and winds, we’re hopeful for a diverse catch in the days to come.

Ocean View Pier

Consistency is key at Ocean View Pier, where Skates and Dogfish remain the regulars. But don’t let that fool you – a few Trout made a surprise visit, braving the rain and wind to say hello.

Elizabeth River

Trout and Drum are making waves in the Elizabeth River, with the bite turning red-hot whenever the weather decides to play nice. It’s a fiery fishing frenzy when conditions align!

Remember, folks, “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.” Share your near-catches and triumphs on our Message Board and join the community conversation. Until next time, keep casting and stay whispering!

March 28, 2024 Fishing Report

Welcome to this week’s fishing report. As the water temperatures have dropped a few degrees from the recent cold front, the fish are playing coy—unless you’re at the Elizabeth River, that is.

Local Fishing Updates

James River Pier

The recent rains and winds have stirred the waters, and only the hardiest of anglers have reported a catch—mostly catfish, which seem to be the only ones braving the currents.

Ocean View Pier

Skates and dogfish continue to be the mainstay here. It’s a test of patience and perseverance for those fishing these waters.

Elizabeth River

Anglers here are finding moderate success with puppy drum and the occasional trout. It’s a reminder that even in quieter times, the river still holds treasures for those who seek them.

Weather Watch

With another significant storm on the horizon, bringing gusts of up to 45 mph and an expected 3 to 4 inches of rain, safety should be your top priority. For those venturing out, please take all necessary precautions.

Spring Fishing Outlook

Spring has indeed sprung, and with it comes the promise of bountiful catches. We’re all waiting for the perfect alignment of weather, water temperatures, and fish activity. Soon, we’ll be living the dream with tight lines and stories to share.

Fishing Tips

As we anticipate better conditions, here are some tips to keep in mind. Remember, it’s not just about the catch, but the experience and connection with nature. Respectful of other anglers, the fish, and the environment, let’s make every fishing trip memorable.



March 22 2024 Fishing report

Welcome everyone. How exciting this spring is getting. The water temperatures dropped a few degrees from these last two cold fronts. The fish are here and they are biting.

James River Pier: still catching big and small catfish.

Ocean View Pier skates and dog fish.

Elizabeth River, and Lynnhaven been producing good catches of puppy drum, a few trout.

Nothing from Fort Monroe or green mile. We have a big storm tonight and tomorrow please if you go out stay safe. Winds could gust 50 60 mph rain 3 to 4 inches.

Spring has sprung now we need the fish the weather the water temperatures to come together and we can all get tight lines and live the dream.

Till next Friday stay safe and have a great weekend.

Amie and Tj with the rest of the Fish whisper team thank you for reading


March 15 2024

Welcome to this weeks fishing report. The waters are warming the air is warming, now we just need the bite to warm up. Good news it’s starting to warm up, and some place are hot.. like the James river pier. Lots of cats being pulled in, some huge ones at that.
Lynnhaven Has been picking up as well with trout, and drum showing up. 1 angler said “you got to retrieve your lure slow, you’ll miss a few but then hook up” The Elizabeth river still producing trout and drum.

Oceanview pier opened up on the 14th with catches being reported as skates. Let’s hope these 2 cold fronts don’t push the water temperatures back down.
No reports from the green mile pier nor the Fort Monroe piers yet. Until next weeks report I bid you a farewell.
Fishwhisper Team.


March 08 2024

Hey there, Fish Whisper community! The waters of Lower Chesapeake Bay have been bustling with activity, and we’ve got the scoop for all you anglers looking to make a splash. Let’s dive into what’s been happening:

Keep an eye on the upper tributary areas on both the western and eastern sides of the Bay.

One of the best ways to find redfish right now is to fish on warm sunny days and search for them in shallow mud bottom areas. The water in these locations tends to warm up quickly which attracts fish. Recent reports are showing that anglers are finding them as shallow as three to 10 feet of water.

Warmer days are signs of Spring arriving soon which will bring many more fishing opportunities with it. This has been a long week with lots of rain and wind. Catfish are a hit at the James River Pier.

Glad to see people over at the James having a great time fishing and catching.

Heard of some puppy drum being taken around the southern Western Shore.

This week, we’re spotlighting a few techniques that could give you the edge. For those after the elusive speckled trout, consider drift fishing with live bait. The natural movement can be irresistible to these finicky feeders. And for the bass enthusiasts, we recommend trying out some new lures. Spinnerbaits and soft plastics are showing promising results, especially near submerged structures.

As for bait, bloodworms and cut bait have been the talk of the town. But don’t overlook artificial baits; scented soft baits in particular are making waves and could be the key to your next big catch.

Tight lines and good times,

The Fish Whisper Team

March 01 2024

There hasn’t been many reports that I have found this last week. I’ve been to all the free piers and I did not see a single person out fishing. March 14th Ocean View Pier will be open can’t wait. Talking with others this week and March is a good month for puppy drums and spec’s especially in the tributes with muddy bottoms. I know from previous trips I’ve taken that tautog should start showing up when water temperatures hit around 49, 50 degrees. Atleast on the old officers pier at Fort Monroe,. Let’s all hope for a good upcoming week. Remember tight lines. Till next week see you. 

February 24 2024

Elizabeth River Fishing Report: Trout and Drum Insights for Anglers

The Elizabeth River Overview

Welcome to our comprehensive fishing report for the Elizabeth River, a prime location for anglers targeting trout and drum. Known for its diverse ecosystem and plentiful fishing spots, the Elizabeth River offers an exceptional opportunity for both novice and experienced fishermen alike.

From David Direse

We still catching them every day an night , got to work lures slow as hell , we caught over 30 last night , three 23 inch ones , there still biting good up towards locks park.

From Josh Hall

Fish are still plentiful lots and lots of fish … best advice a man one gave me Wayne seamore “if you think your fishing your bait slow fish it even slower” best trout fisherman I know.

This is the latest that I have found out. How accurate this is I can not give it a 100% accurate rate without being there myself.

Trout, Drum seem to be deep on bottom. Go out test it then write me [email protected] let me know. Remember keep your lines tight and go out to have fun.