November 2015: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recently switched the destination of the Urban Trout Stocking from Lake Biggins in Newport News to Armistead Pointe Park Pond in Hampton. Armistead Pointe Park Pond is located adjacent to the Boo Williams Sportsplex at 5 Armistead Pointe Pkwy, Hampton, VA 23666. Directions from I-64: exit #261B to the Hampton Roads Center Parkway (East) until you reach the intersection at Armistead Ave. Cross straight through the intersection and then make two quick left hand turns to reach the parking lot for the pond. Anglers are encouraged to try their luck on the rainbow and brown trout that will be stocked into Armistead Pointe Park Pond. Five stocking will occur over the time period of November through March. A trout fishing license along with a valid freshwater fishing is required for anglers 16 years or older from November 1st through April 30th.
Scottsville Lake in southern Albemarle County has been added to the Catchable Trout Stocking Program as a Priority A water. Ivy Creek Park Pond in the City of Lynchburg has been added as a Urban Trout water.
Big Stony Creek (Mountain Fork)(Wise and Scott counties), Little Stony Creek (Scott County), and Little Tumbling Creek (Smyth and Tazewell Counties) have been added to the list of streams managed as Catch and Release.
An interactive mapping application for stocked trout waters, special regulation trout waters, and wild trout waters is available on DGIF's website.
Lake Tams in the City of Staunton will not be stocked January-May 2015 due to the impoundment being renovated by the City.
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.
The Middle Fork of the Powell River flowing through the town of Appalachia in Wise County has been added to the Catchable Trout Stocking Program as a Category A water. As a Category A water, the river will receive 8 stockings between October 1 and May 30. The reach that will be stocked runs from the upper end of Riverside Park to the trestle bridge at the lower end of the town. This section of water should receive its first stocking sometime in spring 2015. The regulations that will now apply to this area are the same as those for other stocked trout sections. A trout license is required in addition to a freshwater fishing license between October 1 and June 15. The daily creel limit is 6 fish per day and trout must be 7 inches or larger to harvest.
Trout Stocking Suspended at Cranesnest Area of John W Flannagan Lake as a Result of Flood Damage
Flooding in mid-march caused significant damage to the access road leading the Cranesnest Campground at John W. Flannagam Dam. The damage has made the unsafe and as a result the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has closed the road until further notice. This means that VDGIF will not be able to stock trout at this location until the road is reopened. Currently there is no estimate of when the repairs will be completed.