Latest Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Stories

2008-07-22 03:00:25

By ANDY THOMPSON Tuesday's meeting of the board of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries produced the usual slate of regulations and recommendations, but the big news out of the department in recent weeks was the start of renovations at the Coursey Springs trout hatchery in Bath County. The facility, which is more than 40 years old, was the largest in the state, accounting for 30 percent of the 1.2 million trout stocked annually by the DGIF. The new state-of-the-art fish cultural...

2008-07-19 03:00:21

By Mark Taylor mark.taylor@roanoke.com 981-3395 If you were in charge of recruiting new businesses to the Roanoke Valley, where would you take the decision-makers as you pitched this area's quality of life appeal? Mill Mountain, probably, where you could stand on the overlook and give the visitors a good view of our pretty valley. Probably the bustling downtown on a busy Friday evening. Maybe Smith Mountain Lake, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. High on my list...

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By Mark Taylor mark.taylor@roanoke.com 981-3395 Bath County's fat, feathered fish poachers are going on a diet. Their all-you-can-eat buffet, the Coursey Springs Fish Hatchery, is closing its doors for renovations. The 18- to 24-month closure will lead to a couple of lean seasons for Virginia's trout anglers, too. But while those anglers will eventually reap a payoff from the $12 million project in the form of bigger stocked trout, the birds won't be so fortunate: Predators won't...

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