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May 8, 2006:  Darrell
Kennedy and friends
fertilize Lake Orange.  
Regular fertilization of
Lake Orange allows the
lake to hold as many fish
as an unfertilized lake
three times its size!
Darrell Kennedy with a 7 lb 4oz Largemouth
Donald Bergerman with a giant 9 lb 14 oz
Lake Orange largemouth - Spring 2006
A nice 5 lb Lake Orange walleye
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Lake Orange Overview
Lake Orange is a scenic 124-acre lake a few miles east of the town of Orange, VA.  
It has a boat ramp, fishing pier, concession, and excellent shoreline access.  It is
home to largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, walleye, channel catfish, plus a
few northern pike and chain pickerel.  In 1989, it produced the world record white
bass at 6 lb 13 oz.  Most of the fishing pressure is directed at largemouth bass and
crappie.  Gas engines are not permitted.  
August 27, 2012:  Contributed by Darrell Kennedy of Angler's Landing
(540-672-3997) the water is clear with temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's.
Largemouth bass fishing is excellent on the upper end of the lake with top water
lures the bait of choice early and late while soft plastics are attracting the bass
bite mid-day. Catfishing is strong throughout the whole lake using live bait and
chicken liver, but mid lake is producing the most catfish bites. Crappie seem to be
picking up a little with small minnows the bait of choice. Crappie are around the
standing timber down by the damn in 12-15 ft. of water using your electronics to
locate schools of crappie will fill your stringer. Our annual Youth Fishing Day will
be Saturday, September 15th  from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. FREE registration begins at
11:00 a.m. This is a FREE event for any child who can hold a fishing pole up to
age 16. Mark your calendars and bring the whole family out to Lake Orange for a
great time on the lake. Prizes and recognition for largest fish caught in each
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Fishing Lake Orange
Largemouth Bass:  The largemouth bass fishing at Lake Orange is excellent.  Fish
in the 15" - 18" range are not uncommon, and trophy fish are possible.  In 2003,
slot limit on the lake in 2004 to further enhance the trophy bass fishing.  Shad and
bluegill are a big part of the bass diet at Lake Orange, so small crankbaits in
colors that imitate these forage fish are a good choice.  Shoreline structure is a
good place to start.  Working the fish attractors (which are clearly marked with
buoys) with Texas-rigged plastics is another good option - especially in the
summer and winter months.  

Crappie:  Crappie are abundant in Lake Orange.  Given the relatively small size of
the lake, trolling small (1/16 oz) crappie jigs in chartreuse or white is a good way to
cover the lake and find the fish.  Once the fish are located, anglers can continue
trolling or switch to casting the jigs.  Of course, live minnows are an excellent
choice - especially after the fish have been located - and they are also worth a try
around the fish structures.  

Catfish:  Channel catfish are stocked regularly and, when conditions are right, can
be easy to catch.  Chicken livers near the main lake point or in the upper end of the
lake over the flats in 6'-10' of water will work well.  The long, narrow cove near the
dam is also known to hold quality fish.  
Spring 2007: 3 lb citation crappie
Spring 2007:  Big fish 8 lb 8oz
citation largemouth bass
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