|Trout Stocking Returns to the Commonwealth October 1We are excited to announce the start of the 2021 Trout Stocking season. From October 1 through May 31, Department of Wildlife Resources hatchery staff will stock nearly one million catchable fish into 200 waters throughout Virginia. Favorable conditions at the hatcheries this summer mean that anglers can expect quality fish to be stocked all season long. We ask anglers to respect social distancing guidelines when interacting with hatchery staff during stockings. Please maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet and use facial coverings when speaking with staff.|
|Trout Stocking Program Notices|
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 Season and Limits
- Where to Go Trout Fishing (Interactive Map)
- Designated Stocked Trout Waters (Catchable Trout Stocking Program)
- NEW! Pre-Announced Trout Stocking
- Catchable Trout Stocking Plan (PDF)
- Daily Trout Stocking Information
- Trout Heritage Day
- Urban Program Waters
- Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program
- Special Regulation Trout Waters
- Delayed Harvest Waters
- Fee Fishing Areas
- Trout Lakes
- Shenandoah National Park & Blue Ridge Parkway Waters
- Area Maps
- Artificial Lure Definition
- Landowner Permits
- License Requirements
- Freshwater Fish Citations
- Didymo in Virginia
Trout Management in Virginia
Trout management in Virginia consists of three basic programs.
- The Catchable Trout Stocking Program is the best known and most popular. “Designated Stocked Trout Waters” are stocked from October through May with catchable-sized trout. See the Trout Stocking Plan for the streams and lakes stocked and their stocking schedule.
- The Wild Trout Program includes the management of reproducing populations of brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Efforts are directed primarily at habitat preservation and proper regulation for protection of spawning stocks.
- The Fingerling Trout Stocking Program involves stocking sublegal trout into waters that have cold summer water temperatures and a good food source. This is the smallest of the three programs, but includes many of our high quality, special regulation trout fishing waters.