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South River - Regulations


Statewide Freshwater Fishing License required year-round.
Special Trout License required October 1st through June 15th.
Creel Limit: 6 trout per day
Size Limit: 7 inch minimum

Delayed Harvest Trout Area in Waynesboro between Rife Loth Dam and North Park


Statewide Freshwater Fishing License required year-round.
Special Trout License required October 1st through June 15th.
Catch-and-release, no bait, artificial lures only from October 1 May 31.
Creel Limit: 6 trout per day (June 1 - September 30)
Size Limit: 7 inch minimum (June 1 - September 30)

Warmwater Fish

(entire river)
Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass:
Creel Limit: 5 per day combined
Size Limit: None

Sunfish, rock bass:


Creel Limit: 50 per day combined
Size Limit: None

There is a fish consumption advisory (mercury) for all species in South River, except for trout. It is recommended by the Virginia Department of Health that no fish be eaten from this river except trout. For more information go to:
Virginia Department of Health