Woodstock Pond - Fishing Opportunities
Woodstock Pond provides a unique opportunity for anglers to enjoy a small fishery with family or friends. Within a stones throw of the York River, Woodstock Pond allows anglers to catch largemouth bass and bluegill all within the same day of having a picnic with the family. The majority of the shoreline is covered in thick brush. Shoreline anglers should concentrate the efforts off of the open areas on the dam and off of the small fishing piers. Boats can be rented from the park to allow for greater access around the lake. Anglers should contact the park at (757) 566-3036 to find out the availability of boats.
Woodstock Pond offers a decent bass population for a small resource. The electrofishing survey of 2007 collected a total of 34 largemouth bass over the course of two sample runs. The 20 minute sample runs covered both the western and eastern shorelines for a combined effort of 40 minutes. The expanded CPUE (Catch Per Unit of Effort) was 51 bass per hour. This catch rate showed some improvement from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 46.8 bass per hour). The majority of the bass were in the 10 - 14 inch range. The minimum size limit of 15 inches helps to protect these fish from harvest. Once bass reach the 15 inch mark, they have to fend for themselves. The survey only collected 4 bass greater than 15 inches. These fish measured 22.4 inches (7.13 lbs.), 21.7 inches (6.9 lbs.), 21.73 inches (6.26 lbs.) and 18.9 inches (4.04 lbs.). These fish will provide the majority of the excitement for anglers and will hopefully be released to allow them to grow larger over the next few years.
Woodstock Pond offers a fair to decent bluegill population for young anglers to try their luck. The electrofishing survey collected a total of 213 bluegills for a expanded CPUE of 319.5 bluegills per hour. This catch rate showed a major increase from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 228.6 bluegills per hour). Bluegills ranged in size from 1 - 7 inches. A large proportion of the sample consisted of young bluegills in the 2 - 3 inch range. The sample did reveal a fair number of bluegills in the 6 - 7 inch range. Anglers should expect to catch their fair share of smaller bluegills before catching some quality-sized bluegills.
Woodstock Pond provides a decent abundance of redear sunfish. The electrofishing survey revealed an increased catch rate of redear sunfish. A total of 48 redear sunfish were collected for an expanded CPUE of 72 per hour. This is an improvement from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 41.4 per hour). The majority of the redear sunfish were in the 5 - 8 inch range with good numbers of 7 - 8 inch fish present. The October electrofishing survey found schools of redear sunfish along the upper reaches of the pond near the boat rental area.
Woodstock Pond provides a limited black crappie fishery. The electrofishing survey showed an increased catch rate of black crappies, but limited abundance of adult fish. A total of 48 black crappies were collected for a CPUE of 72 per hour. This catch rate shows a major increase when compared to the collection of only 3 crappies in the 2004 survey. The 2007 black crappie collection was centered on fish in the 3 - 5 inch range. The high percentage of juvenile black crappies showed evidence of good recruitment over the last few years. Only one adult black crappie of 10.5 inches was collected. One could only hope that additional crappies were holding in deeper water and managed to avoid the electric field during the survey. I would not take too much effort from a few skilled anglers to over harvest the adult crappies from Woodstock Pond.
The electrofishing survey also revealed the presence of 7 grass carp, 3 American eels and 8 golden shiners. These species may provide some diversity every once in a while for anglers, but the majority of the action will be from the bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and black crappie populations.