|In this edition:
- Hunters - Are You Ready?
- Safeboats New Tool on the Water for
- Human/Bear Interactions on the Rise
- Deer Hemorrhagic Disease Likely
Source of Die-Offs
- People and Partners in the News
- Learn How Warm Season Grasses
Benefit Farmers and Wildlife
- National Hunting and Fishing
Day Events Scheduled September 22-23
- Forty-one Virginia Naturally
- Tye River to Flow Free Again
- "Bucket Brigade" Volunteers
Wanted to Stock Trout
- Virginia Conservation Police
- Be Safe... Have Fun!
- Tree Stand Safety Tips for Both
the Beginner and Experienced Hunter
- Fishin' Report
- In Case You Missed It...
- Links to recent articles of
Hunters - Are You
finally here which means school has started - yeah!
And hunting season is underway - yahoo! Just like
preparing for back to school, here are some things
you need to do to get ready to hunt:
If you are a first
time hunting license purchaser age 16 or older, or
age 12-15, you are required to complete a 10-hour
certified Hunter Education Course. This is a great
time to introduce and to mentor a youngster to our
outdoor sports traditions and conservation
ethics to ensure we pass this rich heritage to the
next generation. Hunter Education classes are free
and we offer them statewide. For a schedule of
Hunter Education courses call toll free
1-866-604-1122, or check the Department's Web site
to find a class near you.
A Customer Service
Center has been established at VDGIF to help
purchasers of hunting and fishing licenses. Be sure
you have all the proper licenses and check the
expiration date as they are good for a full year
from purchase date with two exceptions: the Deer,
Bear, Turkey Big Game License and the Virginia
Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp are valid July 1
through June 30. Call 1-866-721-6911 or email
email@example.com for assistance
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, except holidays.
Sight In Your
Gun or Bow
Now is the time to
check your firearms and archery equipment for
accuracy and proper working condition. Waiting until
you have that big buck in your sights and having a
problem with your firearm is both dangerous and
shows poor sportsmanship. VDGIF has public sighting-in
ranges on six Wildlife Management Areas and the U.S.
Forest Service has seven ranges on National Forest
sites. For details and rules of operation, see the
Department's Web site.
Where You Goin'?
If your favorite
deer or turkey woods now has houses growing on it,
or you are looking for a new place to hunt, do some
scouting online through VDGIF's
interactive Web-based map-viewer and public hunting
lands information system.
Get the Kids
Mark Fike, in his
"Outdoor Reminders" column in The Journal newspaper,
published in the Northern Neck region,
had some great advice for getting kids involved in
the outdoors. "Squirrel season is in. It is time to
not only get your kids outside and away from the TV,
but time to do some scouting too. Turkey sign, deer
sign and mast crops can all be seen now. Kids like
learning new things and may even be amazed that dad
or mom knew all those little things about the woods
such as turkey dusting sites, where a paw paw tree
grew or even what a paw paw tree was. Get those
young people interested in the woods!"
be sure of your target and beyond! Have a safe,
rewarding hunting season!
Safeboats New Tool
on the Water for VDGIF
officers with the VDGIF have unveiled their newest
tool in serving as First Tier Responders for small
craft engaged in suspicious water-based activities.
The two, new 21-foot, 12-man Safeboats will enhance
conservation police officers' surveillance,
detection, and intervention capabilities as they
patrol the Norfolk, Newport News and Portsmouth
Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant, Jr. noted that
"Acquiring these two Safeboats will allow Virginia's
conservation police officers to maximize their daily
operations as well as bring even greater resources
to surveillance patrols, emergency response, and
search and rescue operations. The Safeboats will
enhance the Department's reputation as being the 'go
to' law enforcement agency for remote areas and
Since 9/11, VDGIF
Law Enforcement officers have been involved in
security of critical facilities throughout the
Commonwealth. Conservation police routinely patrol
Virginia's waterways and serve as the primary port
security for small craft (14 to 24 feet). Because
conservation police have the authority to board
these smaller vessels for safety inspections, they
have the ability to be first detectors of improvised
explosive devices favored by terrorist groups in
Human/Bear Interactions on the
Rise in Virginia
interactions by removing attractants from your yard
We have all been
exposed to mixed messages about bears in both the
television news and popular programs. We have been
amused by the antics of Yogi and Boo-Boo, the
cartoon bears, and we have been frightened by
sensationalized stories of black bear behavior.
Jaime Sajecki, the Black Bear Project Leader for
VDGIF notes, "We are fortunate in Virginia to have
the habitat to support healthy black bear
populations. It is also our responsibility to
understand the true nature of black bears in order
to keep them wild and prevent negative
In the past few
months, there have been incidents of bears breaking
into homes for food, taking trash from campsites,
and being sighted repeatedly in neighborhoods. Bears
generally avoid interactions with people, but in
times when natural food sources are limited, they
can be attracted to human related food sources. "I
don't think a bear ever forgets a food source. When
they associate food with camp grounds, homes and
garages, we have a serious problem. Once this
behavior is learned it can not be easily reversed,"
stated Wildlife Division Director Bob Duncan.
habituated to humans may cause safety concerns and
often times need to be destroyed. To prevent
negative interactions caused by human related food
sources and to prevent the unnecessary destruction
of bears, there is only one thing to remember:
remove the attractant and you will remove the bear.
Deer Hemorrhagic Disease
Likely Source of Die-Offs
Veterinarian Dr. Jonathan Sleeman has confirmed
that the recent die-offs of white-tailed deer in
several counties throughout the state was caused by
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Hemorrhagic Disease
(HD) is a common viral infectious disease of
white-tailed deer, and outbreaks occur annually in
Southeastern states. Since late July, VDGIF wildlife
biologists and conservation police officers have
investigated reports of suspected outbreaks from
multiple counties in Virginia. Currently, other
states across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic are
experiencing HD outbreaks.
Dr. Sleeman advises
that, "HD typically occurs in late summer and early
fall and poses no threat to humans or domestic pets
such as dogs and cats. Biting flies, commonly known
as biting gnats, transmit the viral disease. HD
cannot be spread by direct contact between infected
animals. Deer that contract the disease often die
rapidly. VDGIF Biologists continue to monitor the
situation and will provide technical assistance to
People and Partners in the News
Learn How Warm
Season Grasses Benefit Farmers and Wildlife -
September 25, 2007
Native Warm Season
Grasses are a potential cash crop for
Virginia farmers and have numerous benefits to
wildlife and land stewardship. A seminar will be
held on September 25, 2007, at 1:00 PM at the
Burkeville Fire Department, 503 Namozine St.,
Burkeville, VA 23922. VDGIF Small Game Biologist Pat
Cook notes, "The objectives of the seminar are to
demonstrate techniques to establish native warm
season grasses in one growing season, discuss
existing uses of native warm season grasses as
livestock forage and in soil, water, and wildlife
conservation. Experts will be on hand to review
other potential commercial uses such as a source for
biofuels and to explain cost share opportunities for
establishing and marketing this 'green' source of
income for land managers." The seminar is open to
the public. For more information contact Pat Cook at
and Fishing Day Events Scheduled September 22-23,
Do you remember
your first hunting, boating, or fishing experience?
Ask anyone to tell the story of who first took them
boating or fishing - chances are good the story is
deeply personal and meaningful. America's sportsmen
and women provide tremendous conservation and
economic benefits in addition to the great
traditions and family values that make hunting and
fishing special. Getting the right introduction to
outdoor experiences ensures a quality experience and
the start to a lifetime of enjoyment. Join with
family or friends to participate in a
Hunting and Fishing Day
celebration near you and pass on these time honored
traditions to a new generation.
and State Big Game Contest, Southampton
- Outdoor Expo,
Suffolk Parks & Recreation, Constant's Warf Park
and Marina, (757) 255-4032
Family Fun Day, Raphine, (540) 377-2372
Festival, Five County Fairgrounds, Farmville,
Unlimited First Annual "Youth Appreciation Day"
Tye River to
Flow Free Again
A Virginia family
is honoring the memory of their mother by granting
one of her final requests - to help restore the Tye
River in Nelson County. In the 1950s, Elizabeth
"Bess" Quinn inherited a dilapidated former mill dam
from her father
on the river. The dam was abandoned
for many years and damaged by Hurricane Camille. Ms.
Quinn realized that removing the dam would allow
more than 20 miles of the river to run free for the
first time in roughly 100 years.
"Removing the dam will increase the passage
possibilities, and hopefully the populations of many
aquatic species. It will also allow for increased
access for anglers, paddlers and boaters," said
VDGIF Fish Passage Coordinator Alan Weaver, one of
the leaders of the removal effort. VDGIF is
conducting a before and after fish population
monitoring project to document the effects of dam
removal, which are anticipated to be positive. The
multi-year project is a partnership of many
organizations. American Rivers, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, Natural
Resource Conservation Service, VDGIF, and the local
non-profit Virginia Organizing Project, all teamed up
to accomplish this task.
Virginia Naturally Schools Recognized
School Recognition program will be
schools for their efforts
during the 2006-2007 school year. The schools have
made a long-term commitment to increase the
environmental literacy of their students. Each year
schools have the opportunity to add to their
accomplishments while continuing with past efforts.
The total number of students in the recognized
schools is 19,851 under the guidance of 1, 356
complete list of criteria may be found on the
VDGIF Web site or linked through the
Naturally Web site.
Volunteers Wanted To Stock Trout
Join the volunteer
"Bucket Brigade" to stock trout in VDGIF Region 4
covering the Shenandoah Valley. It's a great way to
enjoy the outdoors and build new friendships.
Joining is easy - just go to the
Complementary Work Force section of the
Department's Web site to review the details and
complete the application. Sign up today! Stocking
begins October 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008. See you
on the bucket line!
Virginia Conservation Police
To increase awareness of the activities of our
dedicated Conservation Police Officers, previously
called game wardens, we are adding a new section to
the Outdoor Report, the "Virginia
Conservation Police Notebook." These Notebook
entries provide an overview of the variety of
activities encountered by our officers who protect
natural resources and people pursuing outdoor
recreation in the fields, woods and waters of
Virginia. The Notebook entries are listed by Region.
Region 1 -
Caught in the
Act... A joint investigation conducted by VDGIF
and the US Fish & Wildlife Service resulted in the
prosecution and conviction of an Eastern Shore
resident for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act. In late December 2006, Sergeant Steve Garvis obtained
and confirmed information about a man trapping hawks
in Accomack County. Sergeant Garvis requested
assistance from VDGIF Special Operations Overt Unit.
Special agents with the unit provided video
surveillance of the suspected trap site. As a
result, agents captured on tape the suspect trapping
and killing two red-tailed hawks. During a
subsequent interview conducted by Sergeant Garvis
and USFWS Special Agent D. Ralance, the suspect
admitted to killing the two hawks as an inadvertent
catch while trapping fox. The suspect also admitted
killing one additional hawk that season as well as
killing "a few" hawks during previous trapping
In August 2007, the
case was successfully prosecuted by the U.S.
Attorney's Office in Federal Court in Norfolk,
Virginia. After the lengthy trial, the suspect was
found guilty based on the evidence presented by the
government and was further admonished by the judge.
Additionally, the judge ruled that the defendant's
fourth amendment rights had not been violated as
this case fell under the open field doctrine. The
defendant was found guilty and fined $1,070. For
more information contact: Lt. Ken Conger (804)
Region 2 - Southern
Caught OUI... On September 3, 2007, Conservation
Police Officers John Koloda and Jason Keith were
patrolling on Smith Mountain Lake. After sunset,
they observed a personal watercraft operating at a
high rate of speed. The officers engaged their
emergency lights and attempted to stop the vessel
for illegally operating after dark. After a
considerable pursuit, the boat finally stopped at
the Indian Point Marina boat ramp. The operator and
his passenger seemed surprised to see the officers
and asked if they had done anything wrong. The
officers noticed the operator had difficulty keeping
his balance even though the watercraft was still. A
strong odor associated with alcoholic beverages
prompted the officers to give the man field sobriety
tests, which he performed poorly. The operator
admitted to having "3 or 4 beers" and to taking two
different types of anti-depressant medication.
The man was
arrested and transported to the Franklin County Jail
where his alcohol level officially registered. The
man was formally charged with Operating Under the
Influence (OUI) and for operating
a personal watercraft after sunset. Luckily, the
officers were able to remove this threat from the
water before someone was injured or killed and
before the intoxicated man was able to get into his
car and further endanger citizens on the highway.
For more information contact: Lt. Tony Fisher (434)
Region 3 -
Deer and Turkey
Poachers Busted... In July 2007, Conservation
Police Officers Jamie Davis and Daniel Hall began a
six week investigation which resulted from a call to
report a deer being shot and killed in Smyth County
during closed season. Both officers demonstrated
excellent investigative and interrogation skills
during this long process which included the
cooperation of local citizens. Officer Davis stated,
"Without the dedication from the citizens in the
community, and working as a team with Officer Hall,
this case would not have been solved."
A suspect was
identified and the following warrants were obtained
and served: two warrants for taking deer during
closed season; two warrants for killing a deer by a
light attached to vehicle; one warrant for
trespassing. The subject riding in the vehicle, and
who admitted to holding the spotlight, was served
the following warrants: two warrants for killing a
deer by a light attached to vehicle.
concluded their investigation on August 28, 2007,
following a final interview with the suspects. Armed
with information of other violations of killing deer
and turkey, Officers Hall and Davis were able to
obtain a confession that one of the suspects killed
eight deer and three turkeys illegally. For more
information contact: Lt. Rex Hill (276) 783-4860.
Region 4 -
Mountain & Valley
Pot Seized Due
to Observation and Teamwork... On August 29-30,
2007, Conservation Officer Billy Angle assisted the
Virginia State Police and local Drug Task Force
officers with marijuana eradication in Bath and
Alleghany counties. A few days prior to the
operation while in an off-duty status, Officer Angle
observed a male subject on a farm tractor hauling
five gallon buckets of water into the National
Forest in Bath County, just north of Douthat State
Park. On eradication day, Officer Angle advised Virginia
State Police of the area where the subject was
observed transporting the buckets. A helicopter flew
the area and detected marijuana plants growing along
a power line. Ground crews investigated the location
and seized 25 marijuana plants at an estimated
street value of $25,000-$50,000. For more
Information contact: Lt. Kevin Clarke (540)
Region 5 -
Enforces Boating Safety Requirements...
Conservation Police Officers, in the largest
concentration effort ever on Lake Anna, enforced the
Commonwealth's boating laws and educated
constituents about safe boating. This special
operation came on the heels of the successful
statewide Operation SWEEP (Safer Waterways through
Enforcement and Education Programs) held on August
18. The Lake Anna SWEEP Operation included every
uniformed officer working within Region 5, which
encompasses 20 counties from the Richmond
metropolitan area to Northern Virginia, and westward
to Charlottesville. In addition, officers
volunteered from two other regions in the state.
This focused effort resulted in 37 two-officer boat
patrols, along with six boating safety checkpoints.
Two of these high profile checkpoints included 10
patrol boats, which were the largest single
operations ever deployed on Lake Anna.
In just over 48 hours, 340 boats had been inspected,
86 charges made and 37 warnings issued. Most charges
were related to boats not being in compliance with
safety requirements; however, among the charges were
two arrests for boating under the influence, a
reckless operation, and two underage boaters who
were prevented from drinking their large supply of
around-the-clock lake coverage also resulted in
several personal watercraft, and even a water skier,
being caught on the water after legal hours. In
addition, just after sunrise, numerous boat
operators were caught by surprise "on plane,"
completely disregarding no wake zones. Finally, a
criminal thief investigation was started and a
possible stolen motor was seized as evidence. For
more information contact: Lt. John Cobb (540)
Operation SWEEP is
the beginning of an intensified effort to enforce
the Commonwealth's boating laws and to educate the
public about safe boating practices.
Be Safe... Have Fun!
Safety Tips for Both the Beginner and Experienced
Among the hundreds
of volunteer Hunter Education Instructors, Dick
Holdcraft stands out as the "tree stand expert,"
based on over 40 years as a career safety manager
and instructor. Dick has taught for VDGIF as a
Master Instructor since 1993, and has taught the
tree stand safety course 39 times to over 600 Hunter
Education Instructors. We appreciate Dick's
dedication and service to his fellow sportsmen and
thank him for
providing this sage advice to our readers…
Whether you are an
experienced deer hunter or this is your first time
in the field, now is the time to prepare if you are
going to use a tree stand. Here are some tips to help
you prepare and stay safe.
Go For Quality
Use a well designed
and built, sturdy tree stand. Tree stands
manufactured by the Tree Stand Manufacturers
Association (TMA) that have been built since 2006,
are commercially designed and tested to meet
recognized industry standards.
Instructions - Practice Use
Read and understand
the manufacturer's instructions on the use of your
tree stand before using it. You should practice
using the tree stand in the morning and evening
hours. As the saying goes; "Perfect practice makes
your tree stand for wear, rust, metal fatigue and
cracks, loose, or missing nuts or bolts, rot and
deterioration before and after each use. Tighten
loose nuts and bolts and replace rusty or worn
hardware. Check straps or chains or other attachment
devices for wear and replace if they are unsafe.
Check for Defect
You should also
check with the
Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if
your stand has been recalled due to safety defects.
In the search field type in the words tree stand,
then click on the link for your stand. Contact the
manufacturer if it has been recalled.
Harness Up - Before You Climb Up!
Virginia and neighboring states want to know "how
are the fish bitin'?" To provide some answers, more
than 25 license agents, marinas, fishing guides and
bait shops have volunteered to serve as contacts for
information on recent fishing conditions for primary
rivers and lakes throughout the state. Sarah White,
outdoor writer and regular contributor to
Virginia Wildlife magazine, prepares this
Fishin' Report from interviews with these contacts
the week prior to publication of the Outdoor
The Fishin' Report
is only available as part of your free subscription
to the Outdoor Report.
The rivers and lakes featured in the Fishin' Report
are listed by VDGIF Administrative Regions so you
can quickly locate the area in which you are most
interested. Consult the regional location map to
find the major river or lake you want to know about.
For regulations and
conditions on saltwater fishing, visit the
Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) Web site.
time for reflection
I remember in my college days reading some
Russian author, Pushkin I think, describing the fall
trees in their red and gold as "victims decked for
sacrifice." I never agreed with that. Fall and the
coming winter seem to me to be a time for the trees,
for the earth, to get ready for the rest and
reflection of winter. But trees aren't the only ones
who get some cool, quiet reflection time in fall. In
fall the angler will have more of the rivers, lakes
and streams to himself. You will probably fish that
beautiful mountain stream alone, there is nobody at
the beach, so you can surf cast until you're tried
of it, if that ever happens.
And under the water most everyone is willing to
cooperate. It's feeding time for fish. The lakes
will have turned over, causing the water temperature
to be in the 60 to 70 degree range. Perfect for
floating down the New River for smallmouth, or
casting for largemouth in the James, or for stripers
at Lake Anna. Until the meditative trees drop their
brilliant leaves it will be a magic time for anglers
in Virginia. Enjoy!
Region 1 - Tidewater
Chickahominy River: Charlie Brown reports
that not a lot of anglers have come his way lately.
There have been some big cats brought in; and some
largemouth bass, but the heat is making the fishing
really slow. The water is clear and the temperature
is starting to drop from the upper 80s.
Little Creek Reservoir: Richard Creech tells
me that things are doing pretty good. The
largemouth, walleye, yellow perch, stripers and
crappie are biting fairly well. Mike Fowler of
Williamsburg landed six stripers and 11 bass, all of
which were released. The water is clear and around
North Landing River and Back Bay: Dewey
Mullins says that largemouth, white perch, crappie
and bluegill have been hitting. The bass have been
going for topwater lures morning and evening and
crankbaits and plastics during the day. Mike
McDuvitt, of Virginia Beach, came in with an 8 lb.
largemouth. The water has been clear in the high
70s. Dewey wants me to tell you to "come catch
Mike Gizara relates that chain pickerel have been
going after minnows. Crappie have been attacking
minnows and small jigs. The largemouths have been
hungry for plastic worms, and the stripers are
responding to crankbaits and minnows. Lenny Clark of
Chesapeake caught a citation shellcracker at 1 lb.
4oz. The water is two feet below normal, clear and
Region 2 - Southside
James River (Scottsville area): Brian Bodine
at Razorback Guide Service reports that the
smallmouth are attacking grubs and finess worms from
Howardsville to the Scottsville stretch. Below
Scottsville to Bremo Bluff they are doing better on
tubes and flukes. Fred Hardy, from Fork Union,
landed a smallmouth over 6 lbs. near the mouth of
the Slate River.
James River (at Lynchburg): According to
Wayne Childress the "streams are almost
non-existent" due to heat and lack of rain. Still,
some smallmouth are responding to poppers and
streamers used in fly fishing. The best fishing is
early morning and late evening. The water is clear
and very warm.
Kerr Reservoir: Bobby Whitlow of Bob Cat's
Lake Country Store tells us that cats are hitting on
the upper lake. Stripers are responding around the
dam, going for jigs and spoons and live bait.
Crappie are lurking around deep brush and can be
lured out with small to medium minnows. The water in
the lake is low, fairly clear and around 80 degrees.
Leesville Reservoir: Fred Tannehill reports
that fishing is "hard." Some large cats are coming
in. Steve Johnson, a local angler, came in with a
blue cat 48 inches long and 28 lbs. 8 oz. These big
cats are going for night crawlers and chicken
livers. Crappie are responding to small minnows. The
water is fairly clear and very warm.
Smith Mountain Lake: Mike Snead, at the
Virginia Outdoorsman's Store, says that the stripers
are schooling in the main channels and the mouths of
major creeks. They are going for three-way jigs with
Sutton spoons and umbrella rigs. The smallmouths are
biting live bait on down lines and jigs with flukes.
Laregemouths are near the docks and are attacking
Shaky Head worms and Sinkos. In deep water and in
brush they seem to like Carolina-rigged worms.
Crappie fishing has slowed somewhat, but anglers are
still having lucik with minnows on top of submerged
trees. Cats are biting on shad, night crawlers and
stink baits. Bluegills are going for red wigglers
around the docks. The water is clear at 83 degrees.
Region 3 - Southwest
Claytor Lake: Greg Osborne of Rock House
Marina says that there's not a lot of fishing going
on during the day. At night, however, cats are
biting live shiners, and shad. The stripers are also
going after shad. Smallmouth fishing is starting to
pick up, with fishermen having the best luck with
plastic worms and spinner baits. The water is
stained and at 84-85 degrees.
Flannagan Reservoir: Michael Mullins at
Flannagan Reservoir Marina tells me that both large
and smallmouth fishing is picking up. The bass are
going for worms and jigs, and shad in the early
morning and late afternoon. Cats are also doing well
on night crawlers and chicken livers. Bluegill are
attacking crickets and worms, while crappie prefer
minnows. Trolling for walleye with night crawlers
and spinner baits are also a good bet. The water is
clear and 76 degrees.
According to Rodney
Fleming at Primetime Sports, smallmouths are
responding early in the morning and late at night.
Walleye are going for Long A Bombers. Other than
that, fishing has been slow due to the heat. The
water is clear and in the upper 80s.
North Fork of the Holston River: Jamie Lamie,
at the Sportsman's Den, reports that both smallmouth
and redeye are going for dark colored soft plastics,
flukes and minnows. The redeyes are tending to stay
on top of the water, where they find jitterbugs and
tiny torpedoes attractive. The best fishing is early
morning and late evening. The water is clear and
South Holston Reservoir: Bill Faber, at the
Sportsman's Marina, says that smallmouths are
responding to root beer pig-n-jigs at night. Walleye
are going for night crawler rigs. A few crappie have
been taken with minnows after dark. The water level
is low, causing the fish to move around. The water
is clear and at 82 degrees.
Claytor Lake and other waters: Victor
Billings at Sportsman's Supply tells us that fishing
is slow on Claytor. The New River is low, but
smallmouths are going for minnows on the top water.
Cat fish angling on the New River is "fair" with
chicken livers being popular with the fish. The
water in all areas are low and clear with very warm
Region 4 - Mountain &
Lake Moomaw: Larry Andrews of the Bait Place
reports that the lake is low and fishing is
correspondingly "slow." But both large and
smallmouth bass are still going for jigs and worms.
Trout are active below the dam on the Jackson River.
The catfishing is also pretty good using the
standard chicken livers and big minnows. The water
is clear and 78 degrees on the surface, but is much
cooler lower down.
Lake Robertson: Gloria Clemmer tells me that
bluegills are interested in night crawlers. Cats are
going for chicken livers. The water is clear and
South Fork: Harry Murray says that the North
and South Forks of the Shenandoah are clear and
fishable with good water levels. The fishing is best
on the North Fork around Edinburg and downstream. On
the South fork the best bet is to set up around
Luray and downstream. The waters in these areas are
78 to 84 degrees and the best flies to use are the
Shenandoah Blue Popper, the Shenandoah Damsel Popper
and the Murray's Hellgrammite. In the large trout
streams in the Shenandoah Valley, the water level is
low and the best places to fish are below the
riffles. The best flies to use are the casual dress
and the Murray's Betsy Streamer and the Murray's
Pearl Marauder. In the mountain streams the trout
population is good. The water is cooling and getting
lower, so approach with caution. The best flies for
the setting are the Murray's Flying Beatle 16,
McMurray's Ant 18-20 and the Mr. Rapidan Dry Fly 18.
The water in these streams is running clear and 63
Region 5 - Northern
James River (Richmond area): Mike Ostrander
reports that the cats are responding well to live
bait. The sunfish are going for jigs and spinners.
The smallmouths are also biting some. He warns that
there is a lot of submerged aquatic vegetation
(a.k.a. grass). The water is clear and cooling off.
The one that got away?
The one that didn't?
and it might get used in the Fishin' Report!
In Case You Missed It...
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that some of the seasonal features are important and
timely enough to bear repeating. So readers can
easily review these seasonal items, we have retained
the headlines and information links in this section "In case you missed it..."
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