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One of the Staunton River Walleyes that has been tagged (Photo courtesy VDWR)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is trying to find out more about a fishery it’s developing, and the agency is willing to pay you for information that could help.

But, there is a catch.


The VDWR is trying to assess walleye numbers on the Staunton River between Leesville Dam and Buggs Island Reservoir. The walleye population has been growing in recent years, and the Staunton is developing into a solid walleye fishery.

A number of fish have been tagged. Anglers who catch a tagged fish can earn $20 by removing the tag with a knife or scissors and sending it to the address printed on the tag along with information on the date the fish was caught, where it was caught, and whether you were targeting walleye.

Photo Courtesy VDWR

The information collected will give VDWR biologists an idea of fish movements on the river, as well as data on how many fish are being caught.

You can find more information about the Staunton River Walleye Tagging Program here.

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