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

New Lures From Local Maker

Salem-based Missile Baits is one of the fastest-growing soft plastic lure companies in America. Now, Missile is unveiling two new lure lines, the Magic Worm and the Chunky D.

The Magic Worm is a collaboration with Roboworm. It is a thin-profile, straight worm made for finesse techniques. Magic Worms are already on store shelves as well as online.

The Chunky D from Missile Baits (Photo: George Noleff)
Magic Worms from Missile Baits (Photo: George Noleff)

The Chunky D should be in stores and online by the end of November 2022.

“It’s got those appendages on the back,” said John Crews, President and founder of Missile Baits. “It’s larger than the small chunk lures we make and is more for a full size jig, or you could Texas-rig it and fish it by itself.”

Striped Bass Assessment

The Atlantic States Marine Resources Commission has released its latest Atlantic striped bass survey. The good news; the research found striper stocks in the Atlantic are no longer being overfished. The bad news; overall striped bass stocks are still low and more needs to be done to re-establish numbers.

Atlantic striped bass (Photo: NOAA)


Hats off to the Clinch River Stream Sweepers. The group has pulled more than two thousand tires and 25 tons of trash from the stretch of the Clinch that runs through Russell County.

Clinch River clean up (Photo: VDWR)

Deer Seasons

Deer firearms season opens Saturday (11/19) in Virginia. Deer harvested in Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, and Carroll Counties on that day have to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. Buck firearms season open in West Virginia on Monday (11/21).