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Shenandoah River - Main Stem - Regulations

Black Bass (smallmouth and largemouth)

From the confluence of the North Fork Shenandoah and South Fork Shenandoah Rivers, Front Royal, VA., downstream to Warren Dam:

All bass 11-14 inches must be released
Daily creel limit is 5 bass per day

From the base of Warren Dam near Front Royal, VA., downstream to Route 17/50 bridge:

All bass 14-20 inches must be released
Only one bass longer than 20 inches may be harvested per day.
Daily creel limit is 5 bass per day

From the Route 17/50 bridge downstream to the Virginia / West Virginia state line:

All bass 11-14 inches must be released
Daily creel limit is 5 bass per day.


Sunfish

No minimum size limit
50 per day in aggregate (combined) creel limit


Rock Bass

No minimum size limit
25 per day creel limit


Crappie

No minimum size limit
25 per day creel limit


Muskellunge

30 inch minimum size limit. All musky less than 30 inches must be released.
2 fish per day creel limit


Channel catfish

No minimum size limit
20 per day creel limit