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Stocked Trout Management Plan

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation have initiated a process to develop a statewide Stocked Trout Management Plan. This plan incorporates all stocked trout stakeholders' values, is similar in scope and purpose to the Virginia Black Bear and White-tailed Deer Management Plans. The Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan is designed to provide broad guidance on policies for addressing the complex management challenges and issues related to producing desirable fishing experiences for stocked trout.

The VDGIF invited public input of the Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan online, through September 15, 2015. The Plan is the result of the joint work of VDGIF, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (citizen volunteers who represent a cross-section of public interests), and Virginia Tech. The plan includes management goals that reflect stakeholder values, specific objectives designed to attain each goal, as well as potential, general strategies for attaining objectives. The Plan provides broad guidance for the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries and VDGIF staff for managing stocked trout waters. The Plan informs, but not replaces, the existing process for setting seasons and regulations.

Development of the Plan is part of a larger process of evaluating the VDGIF stocked trout program, which will address the following questions:

  1. What can be done to improve angler satisfaction with trout fishing and management in Virginia?
  2. Why are trout license sales declining?
  3. How many stocked trout do anglers catch and harvest?

Read the Draft Stocked Trout Management Plan (PDF)

2015 Public Meetings on Stocked Trout Program

Roanoke

  • September 23, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • U.S. Forest Service Office - 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019

Big Stone Gap

  • September 24, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Mountain Empire Community College - 231 Phillips-Taylor Building, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Madison Heights

  • September 28, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Izaac Walton League - 210 Conservation Lane, Madison Heights, VA 24572

Wytheville

  • September 30, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Wytheville Community College - Carroll Hall, Room 118, 1000 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Verona

  • October 1, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • South Board room at the Augusta County Government Center - 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA 24482

Woodstock

  • October 5, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Central High School Cafetorium - 1147 Susan Ave., Woodstock, VA 22664

Fairfax

  • October 6, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Mott Community Center - 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Henrico

  • October 7, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • VDGIF Headquarters - 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228

Culpeper

  • October 15, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Office - 101 South West Street, Culpeper, VA 22701

Summary of Fall 2013 Public Meetings on Stocked Trout Program

Presentations from Fall 2013 Public Meetings

Fall 2013 Public Meeting Notes

Wytheville

Abingdon

Verona

Woodstock

Madison Heights

Roanoke

Culpeper

Centreville

For more information on the project please contact:

Vic DiCenzo
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321)
Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061