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Friday, April 5, 2013
It's time for Virginia's quasi opening day for trout fishing.
Trout Heritage Day applies to 20 waters around the state, which will be stocked for fishing on Saturday.
The designated stocked waters are closed to angling on Friday, while the fee fishing areas will be closed all of this week. All open to fishing at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Trout Heritage Day applies to the following waters:
Saltwater tagging program grows
The Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program is as popular as ever, and last year more successful.
Tagging numbers for 2012 set records for nearly every category.
Anglers tagged and released more than 31,600 fish last year - a whopping 63 percent increase. The number was bolstered by an excellent red drum season that saw more than 18,300 channel bass tagged and released.
There also was an 11.8 percent increase in the number of tagged fish that were recaptured.
The program provides valuable information about fish migration and growth rates of 10 species. Anglers in the program insert a small plastic tubular tag into the fish, and record its weight, length and location of capture before releasing it.
Anglers who catch tagged fish can call the program, report the tag number and new information about the fish, and help with much needed information. Anglers usually receive a hat from the program.
Founded in 1995 in a cooperative effort between the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the program is funded with money from the Saltwater Fishing License Fund.
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