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Shenandoah River - South Fork - Regulations

Black Bass (smallmouth and largemouth)

From the confluence of North River and South River at Port Republic, VA downstream to Shenandoah Dam near the Town of Shenandoah:

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

From the base of Shenandoah Dam near the Town of Shenandoah downstream to Luray Dam near Luray, VA:

  • 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 base of Luray Dam near Luray, VA downstream to the confluence with North Fork Shenandoah River at Front Royal, VA:

  • 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