Virginia’s Trout Heritage Day falls on the historic opening day of trout season and has been developed to provide the type of fishing event that anglers who like opening day have missed. DGIF eliminated opening day of trout season in 1996 in order to increase the number of times streams are stocked and to provide increased trout fishing opportunities from October through May. While the majority of trout anglers continue to support this programmatic change, some trout anglers and communities liked the atmosphere and opportunity provided by the old opening day.
A group of 20 waters will be freshly stocked with trout to allow trout anglers and communities to plan activities around a known stocking date. The Department has worked with the U. S. Forest Service, local communities and private landowners to provide this opportunity.
Selected waters are stocked for the first Saturday in April to create an announced stocking event. The following waters will be stocked for Heritage Day on April 7, 2018