August 2009

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Juvenile Fish Trawl Survey recently completed their monthly sampling of local waters for August. Large Summer Flounder were present throughout the survey area with the largest fish, a 26-inch individual, being measured just north of The Cell in the mainstem Bay. Additionally, a number of large flounder were collected from the deep water east of Hampton Bar in the James River. Atlantic Croaker up to 14 inches were noted by survey scientists in samples from the upper Rappahannock River in the vicinity of Jones Point. While not trophy individuals, White Perch in the 9- to 10-inch range were measured from all three major Virginia tributaries sampled, the James, York, and Rappahannock rivers. The largest of these perch were from an area known as the Drumming Grounds, which is in the Rappahannock River just outside the mouth of the Corrottoman River. The largest Blue Catfish measured this month was close to 30 inches and came from the Pamunkey River close to Hill Marsh.