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Virginia Trout Stocking Schedule: The Best Fishing in 2022

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Updated December 28, 2021

Virginia Trout Stocking Schedule: The Best Fishing in 2022

Trout fishing across the upper southeast (like West Virginia) and the mid-Atlantic is a popular pastime. Virginia is no exception as thousands of anglers take to the Old Dominion in search of trout each year.

Not only will anglers experience the beauty of the season across the state, but they will also be privy to some fine trout fishing in a variety of locations.

Be sure to check back daily for more information on trout stocking dates and locations in Virginia.

Va. Trout Fishing: Why to Choose Virginia

Virginia offers nearly 3,000 miles of streams that are stocked with trout. Add in hundreds of square miles of lakes and ponds and you have plenty of locations scattered throughout the state.

These spots cater to avid trout anglers and youth. Both traditional line-and-rod and fly fishing techniques are popular throughout the state as well.

While you won’t have a chance to catch salmon like you could out west, Virginia does stock nearly a million catchable fish across three popular species each year.

At various spots throughout the state, you can expect to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout.

Anglers can fish for trout throughout the year in Virginia. While some specific fisheries have different rules, the general criteria for limits are a maximum of six (6) trout (kept) per day. All fish kept (regardless of species) must be at least seven (7) inches in length.

2021 Virginia Trout Stocking Dates and Locations

Date StockedLocation
21-Dec-21Pedlar River (Upper)
28-Dec-21South River (Grottoes)
28-Dec-21South River (Ridgeview Park)
28-Dec-21Davis Mill Creek[National Forest Water]
27-Dec-21South River
24-Dec-21No Stockings Today
23-Dec-21No Stockings Today
22-Dec-21Spring Run
22-Dec-21Bullpasture River
22-Dec-21Bullpasture River
21-Dec-21Armistead Pointe Park Pond
21-Dec-21Dorey Park Lake
20-Dec-21Smith River (Dam)
20-Dec-21Silver Lake
20-Dec-21Lake Tams
20-Dec-21Ivy Creek Park Pond (Clemmons Lake)
17-Dec-21Jackson River (Hidden Valley)[National Forest Water]
17-Dec-21Stony Creek
17-Dec-21Staley Creek
17-Dec-21Middle Fork Holston River (Upper)
17-Dec-21Scottsville Lake (Was Named: Mink Creek Reservoir)
16-Dec-21Jackson River (Rt. 623)[National Forest Water]
16-Dec-21Pandapas Pond[National Forest Water]
15-Dec-21Elkhorn Lake[National Forest Water]
15-Dec-21Douthat Lake (Only)
15-Dec-21Potts Creek[National Forest Water]
15-Dec-21Bark Camp Lake [Heritage Day Water][National Forest Water]
15-Dec-21Robinson River [Heritage Day Water]
14-Dec-21Maury River
14-Dec-21Mill Creek[National Forest Water]
14-Dec-21Tomahawk Pond[National Forest Water]
14-Dec-21Big Cedar Creek
14-Dec-21Roanoke River (City)
14-Dec-21Pedlar River (Lower)[National Forest Water]
13-Dec-21Old Cossey Pond
13-Dec-21Cook Lake
13-Dec-21Middle Creek[National Forest Water]
13-Dec-21North Creek[National Forest Water]
13-Dec-21Whitetop Laurel (Lower)[National Forest Water]
13-Dec-21Whitetop Laurel (Upper)[National Forest Water]
13-Dec-21Tennessee Laurel
10-Dec-21Braley Pond[National Forest Water]
10-Dec-21South River
10-Dec-21South Fork Holston River (Buller Dam)[National Forest Water]
9-Dec-21Locust Shade Park
9-Dec-21Liberty Lake [Heritage Day Water]
9-Dec-21Dismal River
8-Dec-21Hearthstone Lake[National Forest Water]
8-Dec-21Briery Branch Lake[National Forest Water]
8-Dec-21Hone Quarry Lake[National Forest Water]
8-Dec-21Craig Creek[National Forest Water]
8-Dec-21Quantico MCB [Heritage Day Water]
7-Dec-21Shields Lake
7-Dec-21Dorey Park Lake
7-Dec-21Hawksbill Creek [Heritage Day Water]
7-Dec-21Roanoke River (Salem)
7-Dec-21Big Stony Creek
7-Dec-21Little Stony Creek[National Forest Water]
7-Dec-21Pound River (Flannagan Dam)
7-Dec-21Russell Fork River (Bartlick)
6-Dec-21Smith River (Lower)
3-Dec-21Pads Creek[National Forest Water]
3-Dec-21North Fork Shenandoah River
3-Dec-21Dan River (Below Powerhouse)
3-Dec-21Mint Springs Lake (Middle)
3-Dec-21Mint Springs Lake (Upper)
3-Dec-21Beartree Lake [Heritage Day Water][National Forest Water]
2-Dec-21Paddy Run[National Forest Water]
2-Dec-21Rockcastle Creek
2-Dec-21Bear Creek Reservoir (Wise Res.)
1-Dec-21Lower Sherando Lake[National Forest Water]
1-Dec-21Upper Sherando Lake[National Forest Water]
1-Dec-21Tye River
1-Dec-21Ararat River
1-Dec-21Clarks Creek
1-Dec-21Roaring Run[National Forest Water]
1-Dec-21Fox Creek[National Forest Water]
1-Dec-21Middle Fox Creek
30-Nov-21Rose River [Heritage Day Water]
29-Nov-21Pedlar River (Lower)[National Forest Water]
26-Nov-21No Stockings Today
25-Nov-21No Stockings Today
24-Nov-21Cripple Creek (Ravens) [Heritage Day Water]
23-Nov-21Wilson Creek (Lower)
23-Nov-21Wilson Creek (Only)
23-Nov-21Laurel Fork
22-Nov-21Braley Pond[National Forest Water]
22-Nov-21Spring Run
22-Nov-21South Fork Holston River (Buller Dam)[National Forest Water]
20-Nov-21Rural Retreat Lake Pond
19-Nov-21Ivy Creek Park Pond (Clemmons Lake)
19-Nov-21Crooked Creek
19-Nov-21Little Reed Island Creek
19-Nov-21Happy Creek
18-Nov-21Accotink Creek[Delayed Harvest Water]

Where To Fish for Trout in Virginia

With roughly a million fish stocked across approximately 200 fisheries per year, Virginia has no shortage of quality opportunities for anglers looking for high-level trout fishing.

Below, you can find a sampling of the lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks that are expected to receive trout stocking this year.

Ararat River
Armistead Pointe Park Pond
Barbour’s Creek
Big Brumley Creek
Big Wilson Creek
Braley Pond
Briery Branch Lake
Clifton Forge Reservoir
Coles Run Reservoirs
Cook Lake
Cowpasture River
Cripple Creek
Dan River
Dismal River
Dorey Park Lake
Douthat Lake
Elkhorn Lake
Goose Creek
Gullion Fork Ponds
Happy Creek
Hearthstone Lake
Helton Creek
Hone Quarry Lake
Hughes River
Irish Creek
Ivy Creek Park Pond
Jackson River
Lake Moomaw
Lake Tams
Lake Thompson
Laurel Bed Lake
Laurel Creek
Lexington City Reservoir
Liberty Lake
Lick Creek
Locust Shade Park
Locust Shade Park
Martins Creek
Maury River
Middle Creek
Middle Fork Holston River
Mills Creek Reservoir
Mint Springs Lake
North Fork Shenandoah River
North River
Old Cossey Pond
Paddy Run
Pandapas Pond
Peak Creek
Pigg River
Potts Creek
Poverty Creek
Roanoke River
Roaring Run
Rockcastle Creek
Rockcastle Creek
Rocky Row Run
Runnett Bag Creek
Rural Retreat Lake Pond
Rural Retreat Pond
Shield Lake
Silver Lake
Skidmore Lake
Smith River 
South Fork Powell River
South River
Staley Creek
Tomahawk Pond
Toms Creek
Tye River
Upper Sherando Lake
Wilson Creek
Wolf Creek