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VDGIF ranks reservoirs in Northern Virginia

 

VDGIF fisheries biologists completed their spring 2012 sampling of reservoirs in Northern Virginia for largemouth bass. Largemouth bass are one of the top species of gamefish targeted by anglers. Other top gamefish include catfish and crappie. Most anglers that target largemouth bass do so for the thrill and not so much the table fare as catfish and crappie anglers do. That is not to say that largemouth bass are not good table fare. They are, particularly if you eat the smaller bass. 

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To use weight or not use weight—that is the question

 

OK, so I used a pretty lame twist on an otherwise well known and well written line of Shakespeare. But, the question is valid and the results of how you answer can be quite telling. 

Over the past few years I have done more and more pond fishing and more river bass fishing than I used to do. During those times of fishing I switched from using bullet weights and slip sinkers for bass to using no weight at all on my plastic worms or live bait. 

Before anyone howls about me using live bait for bass, know that I did so in a pond that needed the bass thinned out considerably. Given my lack of time it is much easier to thin the crowd using night crawlers or minnows when you only have an hour or so than it is to play around with plastics. We can debate the issue of using live bait or eating bass at another time. I know there are some tournament bass anglers that are totally against using 

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Outdoors Report - May 9, 2012

Fishing was decent this past week despite rain. Turkey hunting is winding down. Many fish are post spawn and hungry so get them now before it gets too hot!

Rappahannock River
Little Falls’s (540-656-8696) reported bass hitting many types of artificial baits. They are post spawn and hungry. Catfish action is decent for really small fish. Many catfish will go into a spawn mode soon but they do not all spawn at the same time. Night fishing will begin to pick up.  
Upriver the smallie action is go

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Outdoors Report - May 2, 2012

Outdoor Report for May 2nd Mark and Missy Fike
Fishing was fair to good in most places last week. Windy conditions, the rain over the weekend and now possible rising waters may put a wrench into things for a bit. A lot of people want to know about croaker. We heard a rumor of a few croaker near Colonial Beach but other than that the fish are down around the lower bay right now.

Rappahannock River
Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reported a few shad and white perch still in the area. She is selling lots of bloodworms. Catfish and striper (release only) are at the City Dock for night anglers. Donna also reported good crappie fishing on the river using small minnows. Smallmouth bass are hitting upriver. Largemouth bass are after larger

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Rabies: Be vigilant

A recent press release from VDGIF got my attention and made me realize that it is probably not a bad idea to remind readers to keep in mind that any animal that they see behaving strangely should be avoided. The press release by VDGIF told of two men riding an UTV in Albermarle County that encountered a bear acting very strangely. The bear reportedly approached the vehicle, tried to bite the tires and then get in with them. They got out of the vehicle and ended up having to shoot the bear.

The release went on to report that, due to the odd behavior of the bear, VDGIF law enforcement submitted the bear’s head for rabies testing. The tests came back positive. At press time we were not able to find out if any of the people were exposed to rabies or needed shots. VDGIF reports that this is the first ever case of rabies in a bear in Virginia. Bears are solitary animals and

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Check Stations are fading fast

Several years ago VDGIF made it optional to check your big game via the Internet or by phone. Many people really appreciated the opportunity to make a call from their cell phone or home phone, create their own check card of sorts and not have to stop somewhere to check their deer or turkey (or bear).

Some got upset by the idea claiming that people would cheat and take their chances heading home with their game and then hurry up and butcher the animal. If not caught by then, the feeling was that they would opt to skip checking their animal and then save a tag.

Surely this has occurred but it also likely occurred without the option of using the phone or Internet to check game too. Perhaps now it is just a bit easier to cheat. However, that is not the focus of this column this week. Regardless of what we feel about the phone or Internet check system it is here to stay.

Officials at VDGIF have faced lagging license sales over the past decade and rising costs. The facts required that the leadership at VDGIF be creative in using our license monies to run the agency. Just in case a reader does not know, VDGIF is run on hunting, fishing and trapping license sales and tax proceeds from boat licenses and registrations. None of your state tax money goes to fund this agency. Taxes paid on

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