Fairy Stone Lake

Fairy Stone Lake is a 168-acre reservoir located within Fairy Stone State Park. The park is located approximately 20 minutes Northwest of Martinsville, Virginia. Fishing is only one of the attractions offered at the park. The park also provides guests with other options such as lodging, camping, swimming, hiking, picnic facilities, and john boat or canoe rentals. Fairy Stone Lake contains largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. Unlike neighboring Philpott Reservoir, outboard motor use is prohibited. However, boats with outboard motors can be used as long as the motors are trimmed up and are not in use. Fishing regulations are governed by state fishing regulations.

Maps & Directions

From Route 57, take Route 346 to Route 623 that leads to the public ramp. Map

Fishing Opportunities

Black Bass

The largemouth bass population is dominated by 13-15 inch fish with some bass up to 20 inches. The number of big fish has recently declined but the number of mid sized bass has been increasing. Fairystone is a shallow lake and most bass are found away from the shoreline in deeper water or congregate around the numerous fallen trees scattered around the shoreline.

Largemouth bass collected during Fairystone Lake electrofishing surveys. The top row is the inch group and the additional rows are the number of fish collected per hour of sampling for each size group.

Size (Inches) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2008 5 8 7 15 15 13 7 3 1 1 0 0
2004 1 3 3 3 2 5 2 5 2 1 2 2

Crappie

Crappie are not very abundant but the size structure of these fish is good. Most crappie are between 8-12 inches with an occasional crappie reaching 13 inches. Look for crappie on the outside edges of fallen trees.

Crappie collected during Fairystone Lake electrofishing surveys. The top row is the inch group and the additional rows are the number of fish collected per hour of sampling for each size group.
Size (Inches) 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
2008 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 0
2004 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2

Sunfish

The bluegill population has remained stable for many years. The largest bluegill average 6 inches. Angling opportunities for sunfish at Fairy Stone Lake should remain good as long as shad are not introduced into the lake.

Sunfish collected during Fairystone Lake electrofishing surveys. The top row is the inch group and the additional rows are the number of fish collected per hour of sampling for each size group.
Size (Inches) 4 5 6 7 8
2008 41 11 12 0 0
2004 37 24 8 1 0

Biologist Reports

Regulations

All other species are manager under statewide regulations:

Largemouth Bass

  • 5 per day
  • No Minimum Creel Limit

Crappie

  • 25 per day
  • No Minimum Creel Limit

Sunfish

  • 50 per day
  • No Minimum Creel Limit

Facilities

Fairystone Lake is part of the Fairystone Lake Sate Park that includes all of the park amenities. The gravel boat ramp is located across the lake from the beach, is free to the public and is isolated from the other primary park facilities.

More Information

For more information:

Fairy Stone Sate Park
967 Fairy Stone Lake Drive
Stuart, VA 24171
Phone: (540) 930-2424
Reservations: 800-933-PARK

Also

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Regional Office
1132 Thomas Jefferson Road
Forest, VA 24551
434-525-7522
Biologists: Dan Wilson