June/July 2008

During the VIMS Juvenile Fish Survey for June and July, the James, York and Rappahannock rivers all produced legal Summer Flounder (19 inches) in fair numbers. The James River fish were taken from the Newport News Channel upstream to the Rock Landing Shoal Channel while the York River fish came from the stretch of river between Indian Field Creek and Gloucester Point. The largest fish from the Rappahannock River was collected on the edge of the channel just upstream of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Bridge. In addition to the keeper flounder, survey scientists noted an unusually high number of juvenile flounder.

Another fish present in unusually high numbers has been the Silver Seatrout, a smaller relative of the more widely known Weakfish (Gray Trout) and Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout). They resemble a small silvery Weakfish but have considerably fewer or no markings on their sides and only reach about 15 inches total length as adults. Silver Seatrout are occasional visitors to Virginia and Chesapeake Bay but are more abundant in coastal waters to our south with the highest numbers in the Gulf of Mexico.