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September 8, 2016

Cobia Fishing
Submitted by Dr. Ken Neill

FI1 8sep16IGFA Hall of Fame fisheries scientist, Dr. John Graves and his most recent graduate student, Douglas Jensen, went out yesterday with Capt. Jorj Head and his son Hayden to deploy the last cobia pop-up satellite tag of the season. These tags are programmed to gather data for 6 months, release from the fish and transmit the data. Dr. Graves and his students have done extensive work with this technology on billfish and tuna. With coastal fish, they have had good success using these high-tech tags with large striped bass and red drum. This is the first time anyone has tried to use these tags for longterm deployment on cobia. There have been a small number of cobia tagged for very short release times. If the animal dies or sheds the tag prematurely, the tag will begin transmitting early. So far, so good as all tags are silent.
FI2 8sep16

Beaverdam Reservoir Fishing Report
Submitted by Park Ranger Michelle Dawn

FI3 8sep16We have been crossing our fingers at the lake for rain but we have not had any luck for a month, the water level at the lake is 10 inches lower than normal, the water temp is 75 degrees and the grass is a bear right now. There is not a lot of bragging going on at Beaverdam this month unless you are a Cat fisherman or a kayaker. The fishing has been tough, catching Bass has been even tougher. Children are pulling out the bream from the fishing pier, and a few hardcore anglers have caught a few big Bass in the deep water with weedless worms. The crappie anglers are not talking, they have been dormant all Summer.

The best time to fish the lake is sunrise and sunset when the fish can come up to the top without feeling like prey. They are still hungry but not active. You need to drop your bait on their head to get their attention. The heat has slowed everything down. There are a few areas of the lake that are ripe with action in coves. Beaverdam Lake holds over a hundred cold water springs beneath the surface of the lake. These springs are unknown to many because they are only exposed every couple of years when the lake freezes over. The springs will create circles in the ice. Most of these springs are in the coves, surrounded by grass at the moment and only accessible to kayakers. If you can find those springs, you will find the fish. If I was living in that lake without rain for a month in the stagnant water, I would find my way to those springs too. The fish are still here, they don’t leave because it gets hot, they adapt, So the angler must adapt too. Enjoy and fish responsibly

September 17th will be our Beaverdam Big Bash open Bass tournament, open to anyone that thinks they can fish this lake. For more information about Fishing Beaverdam you can call the Ranger Station at (804) 693-2107 or email


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