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Trout Fishing Guide

Important Notices

DGIF Fee Fishing Areas Reopening June 1As Virginia begins to slowly "reopen" parks and recreation areas that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DGIF has decided to reopen the three Fee Fishing Areas where hatchery trout are stocked (Clinch Mountain, Crooked Creek, and Douthat State Park). To minimize angler crowding, stocking days and time of day will be randomly determined, and not announced to the public. Requirements and regulations for the Fee Fishing Areas will remain the same. A Daily Permit will still be required to fish the Fee Fishing Areas during Free Fishing Days June 5–7, 2020. Anglers are reminded to practice social distancing as recommended by the CDC. This involves keeping at least 6 feet from other people, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands frequently. Above all else, if you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home and plan to go fishing when you are feeling healthy. DGIF will monitor the activities at the Fee Areas and if angler crowding or behavior compromises the health/safety of the public or hatchery staff, DGIF may decide to close the Fee Areas.
Trout Stocking Program Notices
  • In response to growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, DGIF will be making the following changes to the 2020 Trout Stocking Program. Beginning April 3, daily trout stockings will no longer be posted on the DGIF website or Trout Line. All open waters will continue to receive their full allotment of trout stockings as conditions allow. All Pre-Announced stockings including Urban Program Waters and the Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program will be rescheduled and will no longer be announced before hand. We continue to encourage everyone to continue to get outdoors and remind you to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Please check this list of waters that are closed to fishing and that will not be stocked until further notice.

Virginia contains over 3,500 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. The total includes over 2,900 miles of wild trout streams and about 600 miles of water inhabited with stocked trout. Virginia’s diversified trout habitat offers a wide range of trout fishing opportunities.

Trout Management in Virginia

Trout management in Virginia consists of three basic programs.