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Due to exceptionally dry conditions, the Department of Wildlife Resources has implemented a complete ban on any open burning (e.g., campfires, grills) on all DWR properties west of Interstate 95, effective immediately and lasting until further notice.

Hatching and Raising Striped Bass for Stocking Virginia’s Lakes

Bugg’s Island Lake/Kerr Reservoir boasts one of the only naturally reproducing land-locked striped bass populations in the United States. The inconsistent nature of this natural reproduction still necessitates the culture and stocking of striper at Vic Thomas Hatchery in Brookneal.

Join Hatchery Manager Mike Gafford as he explains the methods employed by his crew to collect, produce, and raise striped bass for stocking in lakes around Virginia. Stay tuned for a future video detailing methods utilized to harvest fish from production ponds for stocking.

  • June 10, 2021