A Fine Rainbow Taken on A Dry 3/9/14
3/12- Great weather for fishing this weekend- FRI-SAT-Sun mid 50's
Streams are returning to great shape and are a nice green color from the snowmelt. Most of the Delayed Harvest & Special Reg waters have been stocked lately. A higher than normal percentage of trout have carried over in most of these streams & rivers due to last summer's excellent conditions. Native brookie and wild waters are all in great shape. On top-Winter stones, small Caddis,midges- nymphs- stonefly, caddis-- large streamers are producing super excellent in all waters. Anytime you can look like a minnow go for it. We are reviewing Virginia's Delayed Harvest management program below.
fishing program section. These streams and rivers are in both remote and urban settings.
Booking trips Now For the Upcoming Season
The next first weeks we will take a look at some of the Virginia fishing programs here. Several streams in our region are designated as Delayed Harvest Waters and these are on some pretty doggone scenic streams and rivers. They are marked with small white and red signs, a Va fishing license and trout stamp are required Oct 1-May 31. Most Delayed Harvest Waters receive 3 stockings a year, the 1st usually in Jan- Feb, the second in Mar-April or so and the 3rd usually the 1st 2 weeks of Oct, water levels permitting. From Oct 1- May 31 no trout can be harvested in these waters, artficial lures only. From June 1- Sept 30 these trout may be harvested. Most Va streams see rising water temps near the end of June and as the summer gets on along. These temps make them marginal for trout survival so harvesting is allowed, many cases these fish would not survive in the warmer water. Delayed Harvest waters are great places to visit from Oct to May for flyfishermen. The hatchery trout acclimate and will start taking natural flies in just few days. Browns, brooks and rainbows are all stocked. Check out the trout map on this site for a list of DH streams.
The State Hatchery Truck Above With A Nice Load of Browns On The Way To A Remote Delayed Harvest Stream On A Cold Jan Day
A Day On A Virginia Trout Stream is Hard to Beat