ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Here is a round-up of the latest outdoors news from across the region.

Trout Time

A brightly colored rainbow trout caught in Virginia

The Roanoke River at Salem received a stocking of rainbow and brook trout on Tuesday (10/11). It is part of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) October through May trout stocking and management program. Fishing in that stretch should be fast and furious over the next few days. The trout stocked there are managed for harvest, so people are encouraged to catch and keep their legal limit. You can get a daily update of which bodies of water are being stocked at the DWR’s Trout Management Page.

Grouse Concerns

A ruffed grouse (Photo: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)

Ruffed grouse numbers are down in Virginia. The DWR is trying to reverse that trend. Wildlife managers need information to try to develop a plan of action to save the once numerous gamebirds. They are asking all grouse hunters to fill out a survey on the DWR’s webpage. The information collected will be used to develop a plan to increase grouse numbers in the commonwealth.

Fall Colors

Fall foliage (Photo: West Virginia Division of Forestry)

The colors of fall are almost here. Fall foliage viewing is a popular activity. If you want to see some color now, the West Virginia Division of Forestry says the leaf change is underway in Pocahontas County. The Virginia Department of Conservation resources says far western Virginia is also starting to show fall colors. It will be another week before the trees start to change color in central and eastern Virginia.

Buy a Shirt, Save a Fish

A brightly-colored candy darter (Photo: National Park Service)

Candy darters are a member of the perch family native to just a few streams in Virginia and West Virginia, including the New River drainage. Because of the limited range and habitat encroachment, efforts are underway to conserve the species.

Candy darter t-shirts (Photo: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources)

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is raising money for that by selling candy darter t-shirts at West Virginia State Parks. All money raised goes to candy darter conservation and research.

Striped Bass Situation

Striped bass held up by a local angler

Looking to catch a trophy striped bass? This is the time of year a good number of large stripers move up the Roanoke River out of Smith Mountain Lake to the areas around Explore Park and Rutrough Road in Roanoke County. The water temperatures have dropped enough to allow those fish to move in to feed on concentrations of gizzard shad and other baitfish to fatten up before winter. The fishery really turns on at night when big stripers push bait into the shallows. Stickbaits like Bombers or Thundersticks are popular lures to target those striped bass.