The Piankatank River

A beautifully scenic western tributary stream of the Chesapeake Bay, the Piankatank starts from the Dragon Run, a blackwater stream amid swamps and marshes. It eventually becomes primarily saltwater. Because of restoration efforts, spring striped bass fishing is very good in the upper sections of the Piankatank. But the variety of fish in these waters is surprising. In the Dragon Run, anglers find largemouth bass, chain pickerel, warmouth sunfish, redbreast sunfish, bowfin, and white catfish. Migratory fish species such as American shad, hickory shad, alewife, blueback herring, and striped bass come into the Dragon in the spring to spawn. And then, the Piankatank, being a transition zone to saltwater, hosts flounder, spotted trout, croaker, spot, and the freshwater fish found in the upper reaches as well (largemouth bass, channel and white catfish, chain pickerel, and sunfish).

In our headline image: enjoying lunch at Piankatank Golf Club on Stormont Road in nearby Hartfield; a marina view at sunset; Heaven Scent Bed & Breakfast at Chick Cove Manor on Route 33.

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