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Pre-Announced Trout Stocking

Important Notices

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.

The DGIF’s stocked trout program is a privilege made possible by landowners allowing public fishing access.  These landowners include private citizens, private companies, localities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Forest Service.  Access to stocked trout waters can be lost due to poor angler behavior.  Angling pressure is increased for a short period of time when stocking is announced in advance.   Trout anglers are asked to respect private property, pack out all trash, and park their vehicles in safe areas.

Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water but most stocking will occur between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. There will be no temporary stream or lake closures associated with these stocking events. The DGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety. Here are the pre-announced trout stocking dates for spring, 2020:

Water Stocking Date
Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.)
South River – Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.)
Jackson River – Hidden Valley (Bath Co.)
North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.)
Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.)
Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.)
Barbour’s Creek (Craig Co.)
Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.)
South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.)
Roanoke River (Roanoke City)
Pigg River (Franklin Co.)
Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.)