Pre-Announced Trout Stocking

The DGIF’s stocked trout program is a privilege made possible by landowners allowing public fishing access.  These landowners include private citizens, private companies, localities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Forest Service.   Access to stocked trout waters can be lost due to poor angler behavior.  Angling pressure is increased for a short period of time when stocking is announced in advance.   Trout anglers are asked to respect private property, pack out all trash, and park their vehicles in safe areas.

Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water but most stocking will occur between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. There will be no temporary stream or lake closures associated with these stocking events. The DGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety. Here are the pre-announced trout stocking dates for spring, 2018:

Water Stocking Date
Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.) April 4, 2018
South River – Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.) March 23, 2018
Jackson River – Hidden Valley (Bath Co.) April 27, 2018
North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.) March 28, 2018
Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.) March 31, 2018
Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.) April 14, 2018
Barbour’s Creek (Craig Co.) April 28, 2018
Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.) May 26, 2018
South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) May 5, 2018
Roanoke River (Roanoke City) May 5, 2018
Pigg River (Franklin Co.) March 23, 2018
Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.) March 17, 2018