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Stocked Trout Management Plan

© Dwight Dyke

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 invites public input of the Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan. 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)

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

Comments may be submitted online or mailed to:

Stocked Trout Management c/o Vic DiCenzo
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321)
Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061