Lake Anna is one of the largest freshwater inland lakes in Virginia, covering an area of 13,000 acres (53 km˛), and located 72 miles (116 km) south of Washington, D.C. in Louisa and Spotsylvania counties (and partially in Orange County at the northern tips). The lake is easily accessible from Richmond and Charlottesville, and is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state. Gaining in popularity as a vacation destination, a retirement destination, and a second home location for many, the manmade lake offers swimming, sailing, boating, world-class fishing, and multiple annual triathlons. Surrounding attractions include vineyards, antique shopping, golf, historic sites, theme parks, and hiking. To get the most out of the lake, one can rent a boat from various local marinas and businesses. Sailboat enthusiasts will prefer the more open, wide water appeal of the southern end of the lake, although the lake's several bridges, including the main 208 bridge, are too low for a sailboat to pass beneath. Water sports junkies tend to enjoy the mid-lake area, while the fishing crowd has lots of hot spots in nooks and crannies of the northern "on Golden pond" end. Anglers fish for over 30 species including largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, bluegill, white perch and yellow perch. Weekly fishing leagues keep local residents happy, while sanctioned tournaments bring fishermen and women from afar.
Crappie fishing was excellent this past weekend, as the fish moved back into shallower water, over brushpiles and around bridge pilings. They were suspended at 4-6 feet on Saturday. Bass are also on the move, with good fish being taken on spinnerbaits, Carolina-rigged lizards, Shad Raps and jerk baits.
Water temp - above 60 degrees throughout lake.
Good stripper action remains in uplake waters. Try using live herring, shad or jumbo shiners.
Fish for crappie in the shallows around boat docks, and other areas of cover.
Make sure that when you launch your boat, it's in the water
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