“Muskie Madness” Enters Prime Time in December for Anglers in Virginia, According to 12/15/15 Column by Roanoke Times Outdoor Writer Bill Cochran

“It’s prime time for ‘muskie madness,’” by veteran outdoors writer Bill Cochran Bill Cochran in the 12/15/15 Roanoke Times, colorfully describes muskies and muskie fishing in Virginia, particularly in the New River, which Mr. Cochran describes as the center of muskie fishing in the Commonwealth. The article is online at http://www.roanoke.com/sports/outdoors/cochran-muskie-madness-describes-the-fish-and-fisherman/article_f8d54f56-5dc9-5e95-ae2c-ee04d47e7999.html, or contact the newspaper at 201 West Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24011; phone (800) 346-1234.

“Muskie” is the nickname for the Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), a member of the pike family of fishes. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/fish/details.asp?fish=010365), muskies are not believed to be native to Virginia but have become established in the Clinch, Holston, James, New, and Shenandoah rivers, where they prefer “long pool areas of rivers near fallen trees and other submerged structures,” as well as in several impoundments, such as Smith Mountain Lake and Claytor Lake.

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