Blackwater/Nottoway Fishin' Article

08 Mar
March 8, 2008

Spring will soon be on the way and with the chilly winter winds easing up on the Blackwater and Nottoway people will start to look towards the rivers to wet a line. We will start with the spring fishing season, as this is the most popular fishing season locally. Then work our way through the other three seasons and hopefully give a good overview on what’s hittin’ and what’s not throughout the year.
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March 1st Through 3rd Nottoway Trip

04 Mar
March 4, 2008

Moonpie & I spent the 1st through the 3rd on the Nottoway below Delaware. The water was low, fast and 47 degrees. Air temps ranged from 25 to 60.
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February 19 through the 21st Blackwater Trip

24 Feb
February 24, 2008

Moonpie & I spent the 19th through the 21st on the Blackwater below Franklin.

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February 2nd through the 4th Blackwater Trip

09 Feb
February 9, 2008

Moonpie & I spent the 2nd through the 4th on the Blackwater below the Steel Bridge. The water was a little murky from the rain, 45 degrees and rising at 6.00 ft. on the USGS gage.

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January 25th through the 27th Blackwater Trip

28 Jan
January 28, 2008

Moonpie and I spent the 25th through the 27th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was clear low and 37 degrees. Air temps ranged from 22 to 50 degrees and it snowed on me…again.

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Riverkeeper "Matter Of Fact" 2007

17 Jan
January 17, 2008

Here are some interesting facts from last year.

I spent I spent 98 days on the rivers and 58 nights.

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January 14th through the 16th Blackwater Trip

16 Jan
January 16, 2008

Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Blackwater above Joyners Bridge. The water was normal, clear, had flow and was 50 degrees. Air temps ranged from a numbing 19 to 50 degrees.

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January 5th through the 7th Blackwater Trip

07 Jan
January 7, 2008

Moonpie & I spent the 5th through the 7th on the Blackwater below the Steel Bridge.

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November 30 to December 2nd Blackwater Trip

03 Dec
December 3, 2007

Moonpie Freezing Deer and I stayed on the Blackwater above Joyners Bridge the 30th through the 2nd. The water was low at 1.85 on the USGS gauge, clear and 51 degrees. Air temps ranged from 24 to 60 degrees. Water conditions continue to be very bad on the upper river.

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Mercury Now In Nottoway Fish

14 Sep
September 14, 2007

The Virginia Department of Health has now listed the Nottoway on the growing list of rivers in Virginia with mercury contaminated fish.

Fish tissue results from samples taken in 2006 came back in August. The results show that most of the fish on the Nottoway are now contaminated with mercury at a level that is not safe to eat. The VDH, DEQ and VDGIF will be working to get warning signs (I hope) up in the next few weeks. Most likely they will advise that no one eat more than two 8 oz meals a month of fish from the river. The same warning as in the Blackwater. For those of you that want the spreadsheet showing the levels and fish contaminated just drop me an e-mail and I will send it to you. 

A few years back the fish were tested and did not exceed the danferous to humans threshold. Now they have which tell me that means the mercury is getting worse not better. Virginia needs to clean up the dirty coal fired power plants operating in the state. It has been proven that if mercury emmissions are locally lowered, then merury levels in wildlife will go down and in the space of about 10 years. Look for an article in the Tidewater News this weekend.