Return to Blackwater

Agency biologists returned to sample the acidic, dark-water swamps and beaver ponds in southeast Virginia.  Their quarry – a two inch long member of the bass family and state endangered species known as the Blackbanded Sunfish (Enneachanthus chatedon).  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 17th, 2017

The Perfect Weekend Trip Fishing Along the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah in Virginia

With the dog days of summer upon us, June and July are the perfect time to hit the Appalachian trail in Virginia for a short day trip, or a longer backpacking trip.  More of the Appalachian Trail passes through Virginia than any other states and the views can’t be beat. From pastoral scenes, to forest and farmland with creeks running through it, they are sure to make avid anglers and first-timers alike, very happy.  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 12th, 2017

Poacher Sentenced to Almost 7 Years in Jail for Wildlife Crimes

On June 19, 2017, the Honorable Judge Henry Barringer of the Buchanan General District Court ruled on a poaching case that Virginia Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) had been investigating since April 2016.  The defendant, Nelson Drummond, received a sentence of 2,370 days plus an additional 6 months of incarceration, a 5 year loss of hunting privileges, and restitution of $25,500 for poaching 4 elk, 3 deer, a black bear and a bobcat.  Read the rest of this article…

  • July 6th, 2017

Lake Mooney Opens for Fishing

Photo by Dennis Tate.

Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries proudly announce that Lake Mooney will be open for fishing on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The lake, named for the late Stafford Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Mooney, opened to visitors in June 2016. It is also the 5.54 billion gallon reservoir for Stafford County.  Read the rest of this article…

  • June 27th, 2017

Why I Became a Conservation Police Officer

Ever since I was a young boy I have been enthralled in the outdoors. I grew up on Lake Ontario in upstate New York, driving boats and fishing. My Grandfather taught me everything that I know about fishing and boating. The lake is where I had my first encounter with an Environmental Conservation Officer (Game Warden).  I was fishing for bass with my grandfather when the officer pulled alongside our boat. I remember vividly how smoothly he pulled alongside us and very politely and professionally asked how the fishing was that day. His uniform was crisp and his boots were shined. He had a clean shave and his uniform fit him flawlessly. He checked our fishing licenses and measured the bass we had on board. He thanked us for doing things the ethical way and then gave me a sticker in the shape of his badge. I wore that sticker on my shirt for days until the stickiness wore out. I remember talking to my grandfather and telling him that I wanted to do that job one day! Read the rest of this article…

  • June 15th, 2017

Snakes in the Grass

©By David Hart

They were called “frankenfish” and “fishzilla,” as if they were created in the laboratory of a mad scientist. They even morphed into a mythological creature that could walk across dry land and survive out of water for days. The hysteria around snakeheads also spawned a rash of B-list movies. One included gruesome attacks by roving packs of six-foot fish that devoured swimmers, crashed boats, and slithered into lakeside cabins to gnaw on helpless teenagers.  Read the rest of this article…

  • May 9th, 2017