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Due to exceptionally dry conditions, the Department of Wildlife Resources has implemented a complete ban on any open burning (e.g., campfires, grills) on all DWR properties west of Interstate 95, effective immediately and lasting until further notice.

2023 Virginia Non-Tidal River Fishing Forecast

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Aquatic Wildlife Resources staff routinely samples non-tidal river fisheries throughout the Commonwealth. These fisheries generally offer the opportunity to catch Smallmouth Bass, sunfish, catfish, and in some areas Musky and Walleye. The report below summarizes results from 2022 sampling efforts and forecasts what anglers can expect in 2023.

Download the 2023 Virginia Non-Tidal River Fishing Forecast

For more information on non-tidal river fishing in Virginia, contact the following regional offices:

  • ┬áStaunton River and Middle James River: Farmville Office (434) 392-9645
  • Upper James River: Forest Office (434) 525-7522
  • New, Clinch, and North Fork Holston Rivers: Marion Office (276) 783-4860
  • Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers: Fredericksburg Office (540) 889-4169
  • Shenandoah, Maury, North, and South Rivers: Verona Office (540) 248-9360