Updates Related to COVID-19 »


  • Hearthstone Lake (Augusta Co.) will be stocked in spring 2021.
  • A trout license will not be required to fish designated stocked trout waters during Free Fishing Days, June 4–6, 2021. A permit is still required to fish at Clinch Mountain, Crooked Creek, and Douthat State Park Fee Fishing Areas.
  • Stocking dates for Urban Stocked Trout Waters will be posted the week prior to stocking on the Department’s trout stocking info page and trout stocking telephone line.
  • The Delayed Harvest section of Passage Creek (Warren Co.) will be closed (not stocked) for construction at the Front Royal Fish Hatchery.
  • The Delayed Harvest section on the Hardware River WMA (Fluvanna Co.) and Peak Creek (Pulaski Co.) have been removed from the stocking program.
  • Two new stream sections have been added to the Delayed Harvest Program, Hardy Creek (Lee Co.) and Piney River (Nelson/Amherst Co.)
  • Sections of Green Cove Creek (Washington Co.), Snake Creek (Carroll Co.), Smith Creek (Alleghany Co.), and Whitetop Laurel Creek (Washington Co.) have changed from 12-inch minimum size to Catch and Release.