Virginia as a new initiative implemented in response to recent surveys of trout license holders and anglers which indicate that many trout anglers would like to see more pre-announced stockings. One of the strategies outlined in the Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan is to evaluate prior announcement of trout stocking events in Virginia's western trout waters.
Currently the state conducts 1,108 individual stockings of catchable trout during a season. These stockings are announced at 4:00pm the day of stocking. In recent years the only trout stockings that have been pre-announced are the 20 waters stocked for Heritage Day (first Saturday in April). This year, the DGIF is expanding the program by pre-announcing the trout stockings of the waters listed below. These pre-announced stockings are one of the normal allocated stockings for these waters. They are not "additional" stockings.
Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water but most stocking will occur between 10:00am 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, 2017.
Water Stocking Date Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.) March 22, 2017 South River – Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.) March 29, 2017 Jackson River – Hidden Valley (Bath Co.) April 14, 2017 North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.) March 30, 2017 Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.) March 25, 2017 Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.) April 14, 2017 Barbour's Creek (Craig Co.) April 7, 2017 Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.) May 27, 2017 South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) May 13, 2017 Roanoke River (Roanoke City) May 6, 2017 Pigg River (Franklin Co.) March 10, 2017 Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.)
Virginia has also announced a new trout program for young anglers designed for the recruitment and retention of anglers by establishing youth-only stocked trout waters. Youth-Only from April 1 through June 15. Only youth 15 years of age and younger may participate. Daily trout creel limit is three. Adults (17 years of age and older) are not required to have a freshwater fishing license or trout license to assist youth. Adults assisting youth (12 years of age and younger) can bait the hook, assist in casting, and assist with removing hooked trout. Adults cannot assist with setting the hook and/or retrieving the fish.
Youth-Only Waters will be stocked 3 times between April 1 and June 1. Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water. VDGIF will strive to stock between 10:00am and 2:00 pm. VDGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety.
Water Stocking Date Northern Fauquier Community Park Pond (Marshall)
(4155 Monroe Parkway) April 3, April 14, May 9, 2017 South River – Basic Park (Waynesboro)
(1405 Genicom Drive) April 13, May 4, May 26, 2017 Cave Mountain Lake (Natural Bridge)
(811 Cave Mountain Lake Road) April 6, May 5, May 25, 2017 Glen Alton Pond (Giles Co.)
(Route 635 / Glen Alton Road) April 1, April 22, May 12, 2017 Franklin County Park Pond (Rocky Mount)
(2150 Sontag Road) April 4, April 27, May 10, 2017 Ivy Creek – Peaks View Park (Lynchburg)
(1205 Ardmore Drive) April 11, April 28, May 12, 2017 South Fork Clinch River – Dunford Park (Tazewell)
(137 Riverview Lane)