Trout Fishing Guide

Important Notices

Gill Lice Detected in Rainbow Trout in VirginiaFisheries biologists with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) recently identified gill lice on rainbow trout in a stream in southwestern Virginia. We are now asking anglers to assist us in determining the extent of gill lice by being on the lookout while fishing their favorite trout stream. Learn more about gill lice and how you can help.
Trout Stocking Program Notices
  • Beginning October 1, DWR will resume announcement of stockings via the Daily Trout Stocking webpage and the Trout Line (434-525-3474). Information is updated each day after 3 PM during the stocking season.
  • Fee Fishing Areas at Douthat State Park, Crooked Creek and Clinch Mountain reopen on April 2, 2022. A daily permit ($8.00) is required for any person over 12 years of age. Additionally, a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license is required of anyone 16 and older. Daily permits are available through authorized agents or at Go Outdoors Virginia.
  • The concession stand at Crooked Creek Fee Area reopens on April 2, 2022. Daily permits and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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.