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New ‘Youth Only’ Stocked Trout Waters

Per the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries News Release:

Sharing the joy of catching a colorful brook, brown, or rainbow trout in Virginia’s waterways with a youngster is now a little bit easier. Certain waters will be stocked exclusively for youth 15 years of age and younger, this spring.

Recruitment and retention of trout anglers is one of the main issues outlined in the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan. One of the strategies listed in the Plan is to establish youth-only stocked trout waters. In 2016 the VDGIF Board passed a regulation establishing Youth Only Stocked Trout Waters.

These waters will be designated by the Director and only be considered Youth Only Stocked Trout Waters from April 1 through June 15. Only youth age 15 and under will be allowed to fish during that time period. Adults can assist youth only by baiting the hook, casting, and removing the fish from the hook. Adults cannot assist with setting the hook or retrieving the fish. The daily creel limit shall be 3 trout. Adults assisting youth are not required to have a fishing license or a trout license. Parking or access fees may be required at some locations.

Youth Only Waters will be stocked 3 times between April 1 and June 1. Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water. VDGIF will strive to stock between 10:00am and 2:00 pm. VDGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety.

South Fork Clinch River (Dunford Park, in Tazewell) at 137 Riverview Lane will be stocked on these days:
April 8
May 6
May 27