Deep Run Park Lakes

Deep Run Park Lakes are owned and operated by Henrico County on the West side of the City of Richmond. Specifically, it is located half mile south of I-64, just west of the intersection of Gaskins Road (Rt. 157) and Ridgefield Parkway. It is a beautifully wooded park that contains two ponds, adjacent to each other, both of approximately 2 acres. There are numerous picnic pavilions and shelters available to both anglers and waterfowl-watchers.

As is typical of most small urban fisheries, these two ponds have had problems maintaining population balance between largemouth bass and sunfish (bluegill and redear sunfish). Bass stocking has occurred in both ponds, but the numbers and sizes of bass collected in electrofishing samples have been disappointing. It is difficult to maintain quality bass populations in small urban ponds that receive considerable fishing pressure.

In order to improve the angling experience, both ponds have been included in the Department’s Community Lake Improvement program (CLIP). This program provides annual stockings of channel catfish to enhance angling in relatively small, public community lakes.

Maps & Directions

Deep Run Park Lakes are owned and operated by Henrico County on the West side of the City of Richmond. Specifically, it is located half-mile south of I-64, just west of the intersection of Gaskins Road (Rt. 157) and Ridgefield Parkway. Map

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Fishing Opportunities

As is typical of most small urban fisheries, these two ponds have had problems maintaining population balance between largemouth bass and sunfish (bluegill and redear sunfish). Bass stocking has occurred in both ponds, but the numbers and sizes of bass collected in electrofishing samples were disappointing in both 2001 and 2005. It is difficult to maintain quality bass populations in small urban ponds that receive considerable fishing pressure. In order to improve the angling experience, both ponds have been included in the Department’s Community Lake Improvement program (CLIP). This program provides annual stockings of channel catfish to enhance angling in relatively small, public community lakes.

Given the historical problems with the bass and sunfish populations in these ponds, and the fact that this is unlikely to change, we recommend that the ponds continue to be stocked with channel catfish annually to provide some quality angling. They are already being stocked at the maximum rate allowed by our program.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

Deep Run Park Lake No. 1 (Upper Lake)

Channel catfish averaging 1/2 pound each are stocked annually. Four catfish (any size) can be harvested per day per angler.

Regulations for all other species are as follows:

Largemouth bass – 18 inch minimum, 1 per day

Bluegill and redear sunfish – no minimum size, 25 fish per person per day

Crappie – no minimum size, 25 per day.
Deep Run Park Lake No. 2 (Lower Lake)

Channel catfish averaging 1/2 pound each are stocked annually. Four catfish (any size) can be harvested per day per angler.

Regulations for all other species are as follows:

Largemouth bass – 18 inch minimum, 1 per day

Bluegill and redear sunfish – no minimum size, 50 fish per person per day

Crappie – no minimum size, 25 per day.

Facilities

In addition to the two lakes, there are numerous picnic pavilions and shelters available to anglers and waterfowl-watchers, restrooms, a play area and play equipment, exercise trails, nature/hiking trails, soccer/football fields, and basketball courts.

More Information

For fisheries information, please contact:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(804) 367-1000

For additional information about Deep Run Park, please contact:

County of Henrico Recreation and Parks
P.O. Box 27032
Richmond, Virginia 23273
Phone: (804) 501-7275