Flannagan Reservoir - News & Reports
Notice Posted 2/10/16: Tagging Study for Walleyes and Saugeyes
Biologists with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries will soon be conducting a tagging study on Flannagan Reservoir to determine the level of catch and harvest on the walleye and saugeye fisheries in the lake. Beginning in February biologists will be collecting fish from the lake and tagging them with a 3-inch plastic "spaghetti" tag before releasing them back into the lake. Anglers are asked to report any tagged walleye or saugeye they catch by removing the tag and mailing it to VDGIF's Marion Office to receive a $20 reward. Each tag will be printed with the words "$20 Reward VDGIF" along with a unique, three digit number and the address for the Marion Office. Tags will be located near the dorsal fin along the fish's back and can be removed by cutting through the monofilament attachment with scissors or a knife. The fish may then be released or harvested, but anglers should remember that the 18-inch minimum length limit will still apply for harvest. Although the tags are brightly colored, they may become covered with algae over time so anglers should look closely at any walleye or saugeye they catch. Tags and basic catch information can be returned directly to the address printed on the tag or by using pre-printed, postage-paid envelopes available at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flannagan Office, Flannagan Marina, or the VDGIF angler survey clerk that will be interviewing anglers at public access sites on the lake. Requested catch information includes tag number, the date of catch, general location of catch, and whether the fish was harvested or released. Please note that the actual tag must be returned to VDGIF in order to receive the reward. A small percentage of fish will be tagged with two tags, and anglers catching a double-tagged fish can receive the reward for each tag. For more information on this study please contact Jeff Williams at (276) 783-4860.
Trees Planted to Improve Fish Habitat
Members of the Dickenson County Bass Club and Department biologists recently planted trees at several locations in Flannagan Reservoir (see photo in photo gallery). The trees were planted in areas that will be one to three feet deep when the lake reaches summer pool elevation. Black willow and bald cypress seedlings were planted. These tree species were selected because they will survive being submerged for much of the year. Trees planted in shallow water will provide spawning habitat for crappie, escape cover for juvenile fish and forage fish, and ambush locations for sport fish. Biologist's hope to partner with the Dickenson County Bass Club and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to plant more trees in key locations in the future.
New Universally Accessible Fishing Piers
Construction is complete on the new fishing pier at the spillway launch ramp. Pier construction was a cooperative effort of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Dickenson County Board of Supervisors. The pier measures 8 feet wide and 60 feet long. A hard-surfaced access trail leads from the parking area to the pier. Anglers can fish both shallow shoreline areas and deep water from the pier. Other wildlife enthusiasts can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake ecosystem from the comfort of a stable pier.
Flannagan to remain a "Priority" walleye water
Based on the success of walleye stockings completed since 2000, the Department will continue to stock 114,000 fingerlings into Flannagan each year. Sampling catch rates increased from an average of 5 fish per hour prior to the 2000 stocking to average of 12 fish per hour. The 2004 sample yielded the highest catch rate on record for Flannagan at just less than 20 walleyes per hour of electrofishing.