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, 2019:

Water Stocking Date
Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.) April 17, 2019
South River – Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.) March 29, 2019
Jackson River – Hidden Valley (Bath Co.) April 19, 2019
North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.) March 27, 2019
Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.) March 23, 2019
Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.) April 13, 2019
Barbour’s Creek (Craig Co.) March 30, 2019
Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.) May 25, 2019
South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) May 4, 2019
Roanoke River (Roanoke City) May 4, 2019
Pigg River (Franklin Co.) March 23, 2019
Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.) April 13, 2019