A popular fishing television show will be filming in Spotsylvania County in 2019, with an episode that will feature Lake Anna.

The county on Thursday announced the agreement for “Fishing University” to film an episode locally.

“When Fishing University reached out to us with their proposal, we knew it would be a natural fit to accompany our other marketing and advertising efforts for 2019,” Deborah Aylor, the county’s tourism manager, said in a news release.

She added that the show will “not only put a spotlight on the world-renowned fishing opportunities in our region, but also feature the community, culture and activities that guests can experience while visiting.”

Fishing University requested $6,500 from the county toward the cost of filming the 30-minute show. The county will pay that fee as well as up to $1,000 for seven hotel rooms or cabins for three days.

The county sees the agreement as a good investment.

“Coverage such as this will be seen by an audience of anglers that travel and have expendable income, which will be good from both a branding and economic impact perspective,” Aylor said in the release.

The show will feature the 13,000-acre manmade Lake Anna. The lake, created to serve Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna nuclear plant, features largemouth bass, crappie and bream. A snakehead fish also has been caught in the lake.

The 30-minute episode also will focus on area dining, activities and attractions, according to a release from “Fishing University”.

Another part of the agreement will include a one-hour program at Spotsylvania High School focused on teaching young people about the importance of outdoor recreation.

The outdoor TV show has been on the air for 33 years and has 63 million viewers, according to the release. Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier host the “competitive show,” which includes tips and tricks from professionals.

The show will air a total of 44 times next year on the Outdoor and Sportsman channels and the World Fishing Network.


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