Good Precipitation Brings Business and Great Fishing
A large portion of the United States is experiencing the worst drought on record, but Central Virginia has been spared from the worst of it. That spells good news for some anglers who say they're seeing the best fishing in a long time.
Albemarle Angler in Charlottesville monitors water levels every day in some of the area's waterways including the Shenandoah and James Rivers. Carson Oldham of Albemarle Angler said the flow has been above average, which is good news for a business that relies on the amount of precipitation Mother Nature provides.
The store offers guided fishing trips on the Shenandoah River, but if the water level gets below 2.5 feet, they can't float down it in their boat. This year, that has not been a problem. Oldham said the consistent rainfall this summer has kept the water temperature cooler and is providing lots of oxygen in the water for the fish.
"The fish are very active. They're very happy, and the fishing, it's been the best smallmouth bass season that we've had in over a decade," Oldham said.
According to Oldham, smallmouth bass is one of the most sought-after fish in Virginia during the summertime.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that July rainfall in Virginia, and states in the southeast, have seen a near normal amount of rainfall. That's compared to the Midwest where precipitation levels are below normal.
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