Attention Anglers: Due to the late summer drawdown of Lake Laura for dam and outlet structure maintenance all Creel Limits and Size Restrictions on Fish Harvest have been lifted effective 6/7/2014 until further notice. Additionally, the lake will be closed to boats beginning the middle of August and is planned to reopen for boating in the spring of 2016. Foot traffic for fishing is still available. If you have any questions regarding the change in regulations feel free to contact District Fisheries Biologist Brad Fink at 540-248-9360. All other regulations remain the same. Thank you.
Lake Laura is a 44-acre impoundment located in southwestern Shenandoah County near the West Virginia state line. The lake is owned by Bryce Mountain Resort and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began managing the fishery in 1991. The dam impounds the headwaters of Big Stony Creek creating a rectangular-shaped pool with a maximum depth of thirty feet. Lake Laura had a history of nuisance algal blooms and over-abundant aquatic vegetation. To remedy this situation, Bryce Mountain Resort dredged the upper end of the impoundment removing nutrient laden sediment and increasing water depth thus limiting conditions for vegetation growth. Triploid grass carp have also been stocked to keep aquatic vegetation at desired levels. Anglers have the opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, crappie, walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike.