Bath County Recreation Ponds

Dominion Virginia Power opened the Bath County Power Station Recreational Ponds, near Back Creek, in 1989. Two ponds (27 and 45 acres) have good densities of largemouth bass. The ponds offer excellent sunfish opportunities with fish in the 8-9 inch range, and good numbers of nice-sized channel catfish are present. Trophy redear sunfish are present in the upper pond. The entire 45-acre upper pond and about half of the lower pond are open to bank fishing. The daily largemouth bass creel limit was increased from two to five fish per day in 1995.

Maps & Directions

The Bath County Recreation Ponds are located on Route 600 north from Route 39 near Warm Springs.
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Fishing Opportunities

The two ponds (27 and 45 acres) have good densities of largemouth bass. The ponds offer excellent sunfish opportunities with fish in the 8-9 inch range, and good numbers of nice-sized channel catfish are present. Trophy redear sunfish are present in the upper pond. The entire 45-acre upper pond and about half of the lower pond are open to bank fishing. The daily largemouth bass creel limit was increased from two to five fish per day in 1995.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

Largemouth bass

  • 5 fish per day
  • No bass between 12 – 15 inches in possession

Channel catfish

  • 5 per day
  • 15 inch minimum size

Sunfish

  • 50 per day in aggregate
  • No minimum size

 

  • Boating is allowed on the larger upper pond only, and there is a ramp for private boats.
  • Electric motors only are allowed.

Facilities

Seasonal lakeside camping, picnic shelter, bathhouse. Recreational swimming and volleyball also available. There is a small fee to use the facilities. There is also a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.

News

Adult channel catfish have been stocked in both ponds since October 2003. Historically, fingerling channel catfish have been stocked. A DGIF study indicated that fewer, but larger stocked channel catfish have better growth and survival in certain environments. Fishing for this species should improve in the future.

More Information

Dominion Resources
For information, call 540-279-3289.