New for 2013
Middle Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) has been removed from the Catchable Trout Program due to angler access limitations to the stream. The streamside landowner, Norfolk Southern Corporation, has posted "no trespassing" signs all along the railroad tracks which parallel the stream. Legal access to the stream can only be made at "official" railroad crossings. Unfortunately, there are limited legal access points to the stream. DGIF does not want to put anglers at risk of trespassing by continuing to stock the stream. This will result in a loss of about four miles of stocked water in Wise County.
Landowner permits and maps for the special regulation sections of Buffalo Creek (Rockbridge CO.), Mossy Creek (Augusta Co.), and Upper South River (Augusta Co.) are now available online at the DGIF website.
An interactive mapping application for stocked trout waters and special regulation trout waters is now available on DGIF's website (Note: Certain browsers do not work as well as others. If you experience issues, please consider Google Chrome).
Thompson WMA Pond continues to experience periodic leaking through its water discharge structure. While the Agency is working to address the situation, Thompson WMA Pond will be stocked as a category A water provided water levels are sufficient to accomplish the stockings.
As a reminder, South Fork Holston Reservoir became a trout fishery in 2011 as a result of the lake license agreement with the state of Tennessee. Both Virginia and Tennessee will be stocking trout into the reservoir and now anglers may fish the entire reservoir with the purchase of a special lake license specific for South Holston. Anyone fishing for or creeling trout will also have to have a trout license.