July 26 Nottoway Patrol

30 Jul
July 30, 2017

Sad River
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 26th through the 27th on the Nottoway below Delaware. Air temps ranged from 67 to 93 degrees and the water was 84 degrees. Trash was non-existent. I picked up one can! I was pleased not to find a single abandoned limb line. The local CPO’s (Conservation Police Officers) for VDGIF are doing a good job prosecuting offenders and keeping our rivers safe. The fishing on this trip was terrible. Water temp at 84 and stagnant with no flow equals a sad river. When we get these conditions the river just gets nasty. There is not enough outward flow on the lower river to flush out the accumulated nastyness. It goes out a little bit then the tide just brings it back. Back and forth it goes and so the nastyness just compounds. Maybe we will get enough rain this weekend for the river to take a good dump! I did do fairly well on the flyrod catching bream, but most were real small. In fact I caught one that was exactly as big around as a quarter! Moonpie Critter Patrol got to see a couple of Bald eagles, one at Point Seine Beach and one near the Bronco Club. We also saw a couple of beaver; a giant hawk and an osprey were the standouts. We also deployed our bright yellow river shell with the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper logo on it. It was placed downriver from the VDGIF ramp at Delaware. So we have one in the Blackwater and one in the Nottoway. If you find it, contact me. Sorry for the short report, but a short trip means that’s what you get. Weather people screwed it up again. When I left it was not suppose to storm till Friday afternoon. Then Thursday they changed it and said it was going to storm that night and Friday morning, so I came in. Now it did not storm Thursday night and not spose to storm till Friday afternoon. Oh well, I guess its better to be safe than electrocuted on the two rivers we call the Nottoway and Blackwater.
Jeff Turner
BNRP Riverkeeper

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