What’s New for 2018

Fishing Regulations Icon Virginia Fishing

The following regulation changes are new for 2018. More details can be found in sections that follow this summary.

Non-Native (Exotic Animals)

  • Anglers may legally harvest grass carp from public waters of Virginia, except from Department-owned or Department-
    controlled lakes


  • A trout license is not required to fish designated stocked trout waters during Free Fishing Days, June 1-3, 2018.
  • Waters announced for the 2018 Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program.
  • Cook Lake (Alexandria), Hearthstone Lake (Augusta Co.) and Swift Run (Greene Co.) will not be stocked in 2018.
  • Big Tumbling Creek Seasonal Catch and Release Area. This section will be managed as a stocked catch and release area during the period that the Fee Area is not in operation. Catchable sized trout will be stocked during this period and anglers may fish with artificial lures only. No trout or bait may be in possession while fishing this area.

Free Fishing Days

June 1-3, 2018

A trout license is not required to fish designated stocked trout waters during free fishing days.

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Angling Education Program

Fishing is such an exciting sport, one that can be enjoyed by all. One of the great things about fishing is that there are no restrictions to participants, regardless of age, gender, or ability; anyone can enjoy fishing and the outdoors! Yet there are so many who have never experienced the thrill of catching a fish!

In an effort to provide opportunities to experience fishing, the DGIF Angling Education Program offers and supports angling workshops and Kids Fishing Days events across the Commonwealth. The Fishing Education in the Schools program (FESP) trains and supplies teachers to teaching fishing in schools, while the Fishing in the Parks (FIP) program trains and supplies parks and youth organizations. The Angling Education Program also offers the Materials Request Program to provide educational fishing materials for events and the Tackle Loaner Program supplies rods, reels, and tackle on loan for individuals and events. To obtain a Materials Request form and locate a Tackle Loaner site near you, go to the DGIF website and click on “Fishing” and then “Fishing Education.”