Do you dare to take on the Virginia Bass Slam Challenge? † WDVM25 & DCW50

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you ready for the Virginia Bass Slam Challenge?

It’s no secret that Virginia is home to some of the best bass fish in the country. Now the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) wants to raise awareness about fishing even more.

That’s why the DWR is launching the Bass Slam Challenge.

To meet the challenge, fishermen must hit Virginia’s bastrifecta. That means they should catch a largemouth bass, a smallmouth bass, and a striped or hybrid striped bass in the same year.

Small mouth bass. (Photo: George Noleff/WFXR News)

Once the challenge is complete, anglers can register their catches on a dedicated DWR Bass Slam Challenge website. After the catch is confirmed, those who enter will receive a special custom sticker that can be placed on a boat or vehicle.

trout bass. (Photo courtesy: Virginia DWR)

However, the challenge is about more than just bragging rights. It is also about training fishermen and raising resource awareness.

“It allows the rage to diversify their skills in targeting different types of bass,” said DWR Aquatic Education coordinator Alex McCrickard. “You can explore new resources to learn more about some of these species and their behavior, and ultimately how to catch them.”

Striped bass. (Photo: George Noleff/WFXR News)

Some of the best places to take the challenge locally are Smith Mountain Lake, Claytor Lake, Carvins Cove, and the Staunton River. All those waters contain all three Virginia Bass Slam Challenge species.

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