The Outdoor Report

New 2017 Virginia Fishing Forecasts, Outlooks, and Rankings

Fisheries biologists with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) spend considerable hours on Virginia’s smallmouth bass rivers trying to understand more about the sport fish that live there. Knowledge about sport fish populations is partially accomplished by collecting fish with boat electrofishers in the fall at established stations. Several of our smaller rivers are difficult to access in low water, so they are sampled in the spring. The following reports provide information on what anglers can expect from various fisheries in Virginia reservoirs and also provide information on largemouth bass population statistics in various large and small impoundments throughout the state.


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