Woodstock Pond - News & Reports

VDGIF fisheries biologists sampled Woodstock Pond on October 15, 2007. Electrofishing efforts were used to observe the fishery's community structure that consists of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, American eel, golden shiner and grass carp.

The majority of the bass sample consisted of fish with the 11 - 14 inch range. The sample collected four very impressive bass in the 18 - 22 inch range. No bass in the 15 to 17 inch range were collected. The extent of bass harvest by anglers is not known at this time, but initial observations reveal that bass greater than 15 inches might be over harvested. The bluegill sample consisted of high numbers of young fish along with a decent number of fish in the 6 - 7 inch range. The redear sunfish density showed some signs of improvement with an increased catch rate from the previous sample. The majority of redear sunfish were in the 7 - 8 inch range. The black crappie population appears to have had some successful recruitment over the last couple years. An abundance of 3 to 5 inch crappies were collected. These fish will eventually mature over the next few years to provide some excitement for anglers. The electrofishing survey revealed the presence of 7 grass carp in the 37 - 38 inch range. Anglers should carefully release all grass carp if they happen to catch one. The grass carp were stocked into Woodstock Pond several years ago to assist in the control of excessive aquatic vegetation.

VDGIF fisheries biologists plan on conducting another electrofishing sample of Woodstock Pond during the spring of 2008.