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.
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.