Help track a toothy Virginia predator and get paid in the process

Outdoors Bound

Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — You could help the Virginia Department of Wildlife know more about a prized gamefish, and pocket $50 in the process.

The fish is the muskellunge, commonly referred to as a musky. Muskies are apex predators. They have sleek bodies and a mouth full of sharp teeth. They can grow to five feet long and weigh up to 70 pounds. They have been compared to a freshwater barracuda by some observers.

Virginia has a solid population of muskies in the James and New Rivers. It is the population in the James that is being studied.

A number of muskies in the upper James River have been tagged. If you catch a tagged fish, you are asked to report it to the VDWR, or to researchers at Coastal Carolina University. More information is in the photo below.

Blue tag in a James River Musky (Photo: Courtesy DWR)

The information gathered will help the state and researchers monitor the musky population, track their movements, and develop data on how how catch-and-release fishing has an impact on muskies in the upper James River.

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