Deep Run Park Ponds

Deep Run Park Ponds 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 stockings have occurred in both ponds, but the numbers and sizes of bass collected in electrofishing surveys have been disappointing. It is difficult to maintain quality bass populations in small urban ponds that receive considerable fishing pressure. Supplemental stockings of bass in the 10 to 14 inch size range were conducted during the summer of 2017 to improve the population structure of each pond.

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). The latest electrofishing surveys conducted on October 14, 2016 revealed each fishery to be dominated by an abundance of juvenile bluegill with limited largemouth bass collected. The upper pond yielded five fish species: bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, brown bullhead, and warmouth sunfish. The lower pond yielded increased species diversity with 7 species collected: bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie, redear sunfish, warmouth sunfish, brown bullhead, and channel catfish. Each pond received a supplemental stockings of 75 bass in the size range of 10 to 14 inches. These fish should remain in each system for several years if anglers abide by the current bass fishing regulations of an 18 inch minimum size limit and 1 bass/person/day.

The ponds are stocked with channel catfish annually to provide some quality angling. Catfish stockings typically occur each October to take advantage of cooler water temperatures. The minimum size limit for channel catfish in the upper pond has been set at 15 inches. The minimum size limit for channel catfish for the lower pond has been set at 18 inches in an attempt to establish an improved class of fish for anglers to target.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

Deep Run Park Pond No. 1 (Upper Pond)

Channel catfish averaging 1/2 pound each are stocked annually. Five catfish can be harvested per day per angler with a minimum size limit of 15 inches.

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 Pond No. 2 (Lower Pond)

Channel catfish averaging 1/2 pound each are stocked annually. Five catfish can be harvested per day per angler with a minimum size limit of 18 inches.

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 ponds, 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) 829-6580 ext. 126

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