Flannagan Reservoir - News & Reports
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.