The best bait by far has been a 4" Keitech Swing Impact on a 1/16 or 1/8oz jighead, white when the water is stained, and some sort of minnow color if the water is clear. The baitfish in the river seem to be almost exclusively silver shiners (look and act a lot like saltwater glass minnows) so the swimbait is a great match.
Another good technique is simply trolling rapala shad raps, #5, #6, and #7. They will catch just about anything in the river.
Here are some fish from the river!
A nice smallmouth on a chatterbait
Double on night time walleyes
The biggest walleye I have caught here, roughly 17"
One of three drum I have caught on the river. 28", 9.2lbs, and plenty of slime
I caught this musky while walleye fishing with a 1/16oz crappie jig. Fish measured 42".
Spotted bass! We don't have these in Central VA
Biggest largemouth I have caught here, 17" and roughly 2.5-2.75lbs
The biggest smallmouth I've caught here, also the only fish I have ever caught at the lock & dam.
We got into some fish on frogs in August, but very few
The rare Mon River Double
My PB Musky @43"
I like spots. Even if they are small.
An incidental musky while bass fishing