Woodstock Pond

This 7.5-acre impoundment is located within the York River State Park. Known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation, the park was the site of a 17th and 18th century tobacco warehouse where local planters stored their crops to be shipped to England. Woodstock Pond has. The majority of the angling opportunities will come from decent populations of bass, bluegill and redear sunfish that are present in Woodstock Pond. The latest electrofishing survey showed improved catch rates and a decent population structure for bass. The largest bass weighed 7.13 pounds. There is a 15-inch minimum size limit for harvesting bass. Anglers can fish from numerous fishing piers and platforms around the pond. The park rents out row boats for anglers willing to try fishing other areas of the pond. The park caters for a wide variety of activities. There are bike trails, horse trails, hiking trails, picnic shelters, primitive campgrounds, and an interpretive center. Organized group activities are also offered.

From I-64 take Route 607 toward Croaker, and then take Route 606 east to the park. For further information call the park office at 757-566-3036.

Maps & Directions

York River State Park can be reached by taking I-64 to Route 607 toward the town of Croaker. Then take Route 606 east to the park entrance road. The pond will be located just to the east of the main parking lot.
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Fishing Opportunities

Woodstock Pond provides a unique opportunity for anglers to enjoy a small fishery with family or friends. Within a stones throw of the York River, Woodstock Pond allows anglers to catch largemouth bass and bluegill all within the same day of having a picnic with the family. The majority of the shoreline is covered in thick brush. Shoreline anglers should concentrate the efforts off of the open areas on the dam and off of the small fishing piers. Boats can be rented from the park to allow for greater access around the lake. Anglers should contact the park at (757) 566-3036 to find out the availability of boats.

Largemouth Bass

Woodstock Pond offers a decent bass population for a small resource. The electrofishing survey of 2007 collected a total of 34 largemouth bass over the course of two sample runs. The 20 minute sample runs covered both the western and eastern shorelines for a combined effort of 40 minutes. The expanded CPUE (Catch Per Unit of Effort) was 51 bass per hour. This catch rate showed some improvement from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 46.8 bass per hour). The majority of the bass were in the 10 – 14 inch range. The minimum size limit of 15 inches helps to protect these fish from harvest. Once bass reach the 15 inch mark, they have to fend for themselves. The survey only collected 4 bass greater than 15 inches. These fish measured 22.4 inches (7.13 lbs.), 21.7 inches (6.9 lbs.), 21.73 inches (6.26 lbs.) and 18.9 inches (4.04 lbs.). These fish will provide the majority of the excitement for anglers and will hopefully be released to allow them to grow larger over the next few years.

Bluegill

Woodstock Pond offers a fair to decent bluegill population for young anglers to try their luck. The electrofishing survey collected a total of 213 bluegills for a expanded CPUE of 319.5 bluegills per hour. This catch rate showed a major increase from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 228.6 bluegills per hour). Bluegills ranged in size from 1 – 7 inches. A large proportion of the sample consisted of young bluegills in the 2 – 3 inch range. The sample did reveal a fair number of bluegills in the 6 – 7 inch range. Anglers should expect to catch their fair share of smaller bluegills before catching some quality-sized bluegills.

Redear Sunfish

Woodstock Pond provides a decent abundance of redear sunfish. The electrofishing survey revealed an increased catch rate of redear sunfish. A total of 48 redear sunfish were collected for an expanded CPUE of 72 per hour. This is an improvement from the 2004 sample (CPUE: 41.4 per hour). The majority of the redear sunfish were in the 5 – 8 inch range with good numbers of 7 – 8 inch fish present. The October electrofishing survey found schools of redear sunfish along the upper reaches of the pond near the boat rental area.

Black Crappie

Woodstock Pond provides a limited black crappie fishery. The electrofishing survey showed an increased catch rate of black crappies, but limited abundance of adult fish. A total of 48 black crappies were collected for a CPUE of 72 per hour. This catch rate shows a major increase when compared to the collection of only 3 crappies in the 2004 survey. The 2007 black crappie collection was centered on fish in the 3 – 5 inch range. The high percentage of juvenile black crappies showed evidence of good recruitment over the last few years. Only one adult black crappie of 10.5 inches was collected. One could only hope that additional crappies were holding in deeper water and managed to avoid the electric field during the survey. I would not take too much effort from a few skilled anglers to over harvest the adult crappies from Woodstock Pond.

Additional Species

The electrofishing survey also revealed the presence of 7 grass carp, 3 American eels and 8 golden shiners. These species may provide some diversity every once in a while for anglers, but the majority of the action will be from the bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and black crappie populations.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

There is a 15 inch minimum size limit on bass.

No private boats can be launched.

All other species fall under general state regulations.

Facilities

The York River State Park offers numerous trails, picnic areas, and outdoor activities. The boat rental area is located near the upper end of the pond. The fishing platforms and piers are located near the dam. The interpretive center provides an interesting look at life in and around the York River.

News

VDGIF fisheries biologists sampled Woodstock Pond on October 15, 2007. Electrofishing efforts were used to observe the fishery’s community structure that consists of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, American eel, golden shiner and grass carp.

The majority of the bass sample consisted of fish with the 11 – 14 inch range. The sample collected four very impressive bass in the 18 – 22 inch range. No bass in the 15 to 17 inch range were collected. The extent of bass harvest by anglers is not known at this time, but initial observations reveal that bass greater than 15 inches might be over harvested. The bluegill sample consisted of high numbers of young fish along with a decent number of fish in the 6 – 7 inch range. The redear sunfish density showed some signs of improvement with an increased catch rate from the previous sample. The majority of redear sunfish were in the 7 – 8 inch range. The black crappie population appears to have had some successful recruitment over the last couple years. An abundance of 3 to 5 inch crappies were collected. These fish will eventually mature over the next few years to provide some excitement for anglers. The electrofishing survey revealed the presence of 7 grass carp in the 37 – 38 inch range. Anglers should carefully release all grass carp if they happen to catch one. The grass carp were stocked into Woodstock Pond several years ago to assist in the control of excessive aquatic vegetation.

VDGIF fisheries biologists plan on conducting another electrofishing sample of Woodstock Pond during the spring of 2008.

More Information

For more information on Woodstock Pond, please contact:

York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 566-3036

Or

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
3801 John Tyler Hwy.
Charles City, VA 23030

Phone: (804) 829-6580, Ext. 129