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VDGIF and local kids sample pond’s fish population

On April 21, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ (VDGIF) biologists met with Mark Fike and Matt Limbrick, leaders of the King George Outdoor Club, along with a few of the members and other youth in the county to learn how fisheries’ biologists sample a waterway for fish populations.

Scott Herrmann and Matt Blommell took the time to show the kids their equipment, give them a basic crash course on fisheries and explain how they sample a lake like Chandlers Mill Pond. The biologists then took a few of the kids out to let them help net fish and watch as they actively sampled the pond. It was an incredible opportunity for the kids to see firsthand how the work was done that impacts fishing regulations.

The kids also measured and weighed the fish and collected the data for the biologists in a timely manner. Many nice bass, a huge chain pickerel and plenty of bluegill, fliers, crappie and a few other species were collected.

Note – All fish were released back into the pond after data was collected. My observations were twofold- First, the kids really enjoyed and appreciated the biologists taking the time to show them how they sample a lake. Second, the fish population at Chandlers appears to be in good shape from what I saw. There were few young bass, so that does not look great for two or three years down the road, but the size of the current catchable largemouth bass seems to be in good shape. There are plenty of nice sunfish and bluegill at Chandlers and even some decent crappie to be caught.

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Students went sampling on the pond and enjoyed their time collecting fish.

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Kristy and Faith get ready to go out on the boat to sample the pond.

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Faith holds up a trophy bass that was collected, recorded and released unharmed back into the pond.

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Ben carefully measures a bass that was caught in the sampling effort.

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Ben Coffey holds up one of the many quality largemouth bass that were caught

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Even the youngest anglers participated in helping the biologists collect data from Chandlers

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