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Trout Fishing Guide

Fishing Regulations Virginia Freshwater Fishing

Trout Stocking information

434-525-FISH (3474)

Information is updated each day at 4:00 p.m. during the stocking season. Stocking information is also updated daily on the Department’s website.

www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/stock

2017 Trout Heritage Waters

This program was added for those anglers who enjoyed and missed the old opening day. Selected waters are stocked for the first Saturday in April to create an announced stocking event.

The following waters will be stocked for Heritage Day on April 1:

Beartree Lake
Washington County

Bark Camp Lake
Scott County

Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area*
Washington County

Cripple Creek
(Ravens Cliff)
Wythe County

Crooked Creek Fee Fishing Area*
Carroll County

Douthat Lake Fee Fishing Area*
Bath County

Hawksbill Creek
Page County

Jennings Creek
Botetourt County

Lake Witten
Tazewell County

Liberty Lake
Bedford County

Lincolnshire Lake
Tazewell County

Middle Fork
Holston River

Smyth County

Passage Creek
Shenandoah County

Pedlar River (upper)
Amherst County

Pigg River
Franklin County

Quantico MCB
Prince William County

Robinson River
Madison County

Rose River
Madison County

South Fork Powell River
Wise County

Tinker Creek
Roanoke County

* The fee fishing areas are closed to angling from March 28–31.

Heritage Waters are closed on March 31. On April 1 fishing can begin at 9:00 a.m.

Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program

  • Waters in this program will be designated by the Director and considered Youth-only from April 1 through June 15.
  • Only youth 15 years of age and younger may participate
  • Daily trout creel limit is three
  • Adults (17 years of age and older) are not required to have a freshwater fishing license or trout license to assist youth
  • Adults assisting youth (12 years of age and younger) can:
    • bait the hook
    • assist in casting
    • assist with removing the fish from the hook/line
  • Adults cannot assist with setting the hook and/or retrieving the fish
  • From June 16 through March 31, statewide fishing regulations and licensing requirements will apply
  • Please refer to the Department’s website for updated list of Youth-only Stocked Trout Waters