DGIF Updates Related to COVID-19

Trout Fishing Guide

Notice

In response to growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, VDGIF will be making the following changes to the 2020 Trout Stocking Program. Heritage Day, scheduled for April 4 is cancelled. Stockings for Urban Program Waters and the Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program will be rescheduled and will no longer be pre-announced. All waters will still receive their full allotment of trout stockings for the season but stockings will not be announced ahead of time. Additionally, trout stockings at the Department’s three Fee Fishing Areas (Clinch Mountain, Crooked Creek, and Douthat Lake) will not begin in early April as planned. Stockings at the Fee Areas will resume as soon as possible. Information on daily trout stockings can be found on the DGIF website or by calling the Trout Line at 434-525-3474.

Virginia contains over 3,500 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. The total includes over 2,900 miles of wild trout streams and about 600 miles of water inhabited with stocked trout. Virginia’s diversified trout habitat offers a wide range of trout fishing opportunities.

Trout Management in Virginia

Trout management in Virginia consists of three basic programs.