Founded in 1988 and now in its 27th year, the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) is the Washington D.C. area's leading river fishing and conservation organization. We promote catch and release angling for smallmouth bass, support conservation organizations and agencies, publish a monthly newsletter, present monthly programs with guest speakers, and organize river trips for our members. ...more
VDGIF’s Brad Fink to Speak on Fisheries
Our September 30th speaker will be Brad Fink, district fisheries biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Brad is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and received a Bachelor's degree fro Virginia Tech and a Master's degree from James Madison University. He has 14 years of experience managing fisheries populations and fisheries habitat across the country, including fish population and habitat studies in Wyoming (Yellowstone and surrounding areas), Indiana (Northern Natural Lakes), Illinois (Shawnee National Forest), and Arkansas (Ozark Mountains).
Brad’s current duties involve monitoring the fish populations in small impoundments and the Shenandoah River watershed in Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, and Clarke Counties in Virginia. During his presentation he will describe how the VDGIF conducts their annual fall sampling efforts on our smallmouth rivers and explain how they determine growth, spawning success, and recruitment, and use these efforts to predict the future of various fisheries. He has also recently been working on fish mortality issues in the Shenandoah River system with former investigators, and can discuss current efforts to determine the causes of fish mortality events.
This will be a very informative presentation for all of us in the Club who have been watching the situation the past several years on the Main Stem and North and South Forks of the Shenandoah.