|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 Season and Limits
- Where to Go Trout Fishing (Interactive Map)
- Designated Stocked Trout Waters (Catchable Trout Stocking Program)
- NEW! Pre-Announced Trout Stocking
- Catchable Trout Stocking Plan (PDF)
- Daily Trout Stocking Information
- Trout Heritage Day
- Urban Program Waters
- Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program
- Special Regulation Trout Waters
- Delayed Harvest Waters
- Fee Fishing Areas
- Trout Lakes
- Shenandoah National Park & Blue Ridge Parkway Waters
- Area Maps
- Artificial Lure Definition
- Landowner Permits
- License Requirements
- Freshwater Fish Citations
- Didymo in Virginia
Trout Management in Virginia
Trout management in Virginia consists of three basic programs.
- The Catchable Trout Stocking Program is the best known and most popular. “Designated Stocked Trout Waters” are stocked from October through May with catchable-sized trout. See the Trout Stocking Plan for the streams and lakes stocked and their stocking schedule.
- The Wild Trout Program includes the management of reproducing populations of brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Efforts are directed primarily at habitat preservation and proper regulation for protection of spawning stocks.
- The Fingerling Trout Stocking Program involves stocking sublegal trout into waters that have cold summer water temperatures and a good food source. This is the smallest of the three programs, but includes many of our high quality, special regulation trout fishing waters.