There are times when you can’t see 30 feet in front of your boat. In addition to the lake, Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley's many rivers and streams offer great fishing for trout, muskie, crappie and more. Want to know more? The Roanoke River offers a unique combination of urban, front country, and back country recreation opportunities in the upper Roanoke River watershed. The Roanoke River is home to a range of fauna including the Roanoke logperch (Percina rex), a federally and state endangered species native to the Roanoke River. Claytor Lake is a 4,500 acre lake with a marina, three public boat ramps, and a public beach. Put-in at the base of Philpott Dam and take-outs placed about every 6 miles downstream. Claytor Lake State Park | Dublin. The section of river between Riner (Route 8) and Copper Valley (Route 787) is 12 miles. This stocked trout stream becomes a Class V+ creek at high water. The James River in Botetourt County is another of the most popular spots in the region for angling The park has 32 cabins and three lodges that accommodate 15, 16 or 18 guests each. Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy interpretive programs, four miles of stream fishing, the is lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store, cabins, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails. The lake reigns as Virginia’s top freshwater striped bass fishery and holds a lake record of 49.4 lbs. The DGIF’s stocked trout program is a privilege made possible by landowners allowing public fishing access. Box 1750 Potts Creek Outfitters offers private hunting and fishing packages on hundreds of acres of private land and stocked streams. You can, too. The DGIF may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety. The river feeds into the Cowpasture River. Most boaters, at most flows, carry “Gravity Cavity” and “Gorilla North” as well. Trout Stocking Schedule (DGIF) There are multiple outfitters serving the New River to help you plan your trip or provide a place to park or grab gear. Generally speaking, you need at least 2.3 feet on the Blackwater gauge to make the run enjoyable. It is a Class I-II whitewater run, when water levels are at their best. It is perhaps the best option for play waves in southern Virginia during the late summer. From ice fishing to shore casting, here are some of the best spots to try your luck. Trout Stocking Program Notices. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of 45 miles of the Upper James, including 14 pristine miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River. Many park trails climb up the side of the surrounding mountains for several miles and reward mountain bikers with grand views and long flowing descents. PointRunner’s Striper Guide Service is a high pace, high intense, striper fishing operation that specializes in live bait fishing for Smith Mountain Lake’s most aggressive big game fish — the striper. Small motorized boats are a great way to fish this section of river as it comes into the lake. The total includes over 2,900 miles of wild trout streams and about 600 miles of water inhabited with stocked trout. Little River offers Class I-III+ depending on water levels. Many local rivers and fishing areas in the region are proud partners of Fish Virginia First - an initiative that highlights the amazing fishing throughout the state of Virginia. Rods and reels, bait, gas, and oil are included in the captain’s trip pricing. The easy, well-marked trail begins at a historic iron furnace and winds back and forth along the Roaring Run stream. The Jackson is an excellent smallmouth bass, rock bass, rainbow trout, and brown trout fishery.

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Fish Consumption Advisories, Contacts The James River in Botetourt County is another of the most popular spots in the region for angling.

Over 500 miles of shoreline, including waterfront views surrounded by mountains, make Smith Mountain Lake the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge. Float fishing, wade fishing, and bank fishing are both popular options depending upon the section of river. Bottom Creek is a solid Class V+ steep creek with mandatory portages. Urban Trout Stockings Dorey Park (Henrico) and Shields Lake (Richmond) are scheduled to be stocked on Monday, November 2, 2020.: Trout Stocking Returns to the Commonwealth October 1 We are excited to announce the start of the 2021 Trout Stocking season. At higher levels it becomes a great Class II-III run between Route 614 and the James River (4.5 miles). In addition to the lake, Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley's many rivers and streams offer great fishing for trout, muskie, crappie and more. The Upper Blackwater River Blueway is a 35-mile section with many paddling possibilities. MRV08: Moyer Sports Complex/Roanoke River Greenway, MSC08: Roanoke Water Pollution Control Plant, MSC10: Wasena Park and the Roanoke River Greenway, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Freshwater Fishing Information, Designated Stocked Trout Waters (Catchable Trout Stocking Program), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Fish Consumption Advisories, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Float Fisherman of Virginia (Roanoke Valley Chapter).

Request a blueway visitor guide. With the Upper James River Water Trail, there are multiple entry points for the river, giving you easy opportunities to cast your line. Trout Season and Limits This Class II-IV river is best run April through June and with higher water levels.

Dead Drift Outfitters offers wade trips to local stocked and wild trout waters, trophy trout waters, as well as float trips on the James River. At high water levels, it is a classic Class III-V creek that spans 7 miles from the Jefferson National Forest (Route 635) to Big Sony Creek. He is the only fully permitted and insured fishing guide in the Mount Rogers District, where wild rainbow and brown trout in mountain streams like Whitetop Laurel Creek and the South Fork of the Holston are the rule. Beginning in Highland County, it flows south through Bath, Alleghany, and Botetourt counties for more than 80 miles. The James River is a popular river for boating, canoeing, and kayaking. Captain Danny Dudley is a full-time striper guide on Smith Mountain Lake. Roanoke, VA 24022, Float Fisherman of Virginia (Roanoke Valley Chapter)

Paddling from the public access (Route 678) to the Cowpasture River at Bullpasture Gorge is 4 miles. 804.367.1000, Trout Unlimited – Roanoke Chapter It is one of the original six Virginia State Parks.

You’ll experience the unspoiled beauty of the river as you paddle through scenic valleys and past rolling farmland while keeping a watchful eye out for native wildlife. The largest drainage river in Virginia offers Class I to Class III+ rapids. Douthat Lake is 50-acre lake at Douthat State Park that offers swimming, boating, boat rentals, and fishing. 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. It makes a totally unique paddling experience in Virginia. The Maury River provides 37 miles of paddling and fishing fun.

Virginia contains over 3,500 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. Trout Fishing Guide; Pre-Announced Trout Stocking; Important Notices. Access to the entire lake is open but boat ramps are primarily undeveloped and suited only to watercraft that can be carried, with the exception one small marina operated at the southern tip of the lake. As the river becomes more lake-like, catfish, striped bass, and others also become more common. The float takes about four to five hours to complete, making it the perfect weekend activity. You will pass rock walls, cascading water, and cross five footbridges before ending at beautiful Roaring Run Falls. Access is very good with public boat ramps at Fairystone State Park and various locations throughout the Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Areas. Greasy Creek Outfitters is a family-owned fishing guide service that serves the New River Valley in Virginia and specializes in float trips fishing for smallmouth Bass, walley, muskie, and land-locked striper.

This lake regularly leads the state in producing “citation” sized stripers. Phillpot Lake is relatively small in surface area but rich in shoreline. At Iron Gate, it joins the Jackson River to form the James River.

The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries stocks trout in the Roanoke River, Glade Creek, and Tinker Creek within Roanoke city limits, as well as other area streams. The unspoiled beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. Walker Creek feeds into the New River in Pearisburg. A valid Virginia freshwater fishing license is required to fish in the Upper Roanoke River.

With more than 60 miles of trails and an 600-acre reservoir Carvins Cove is a mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and boating paradise. One of the most popular sections of the 32.5-mile section between Pint Bank and the Jackson River is to start near the campground near Paint Bank, a section with Class II-III rapids. With the Upper James River Water Trail, there are multiple entry points for the river, giving you easy opportunities to cast your line. Little Walker Creek is a scenic Class I-III float near the New River. Nestled among Bolar, Oliver and Little mountains Lake Moomaw is a jewel about 90 minutes drive north of Roanoke. Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing also offers fly fishing schools, upland bird hunts,corporate trips, and standard guided trips on private waters and hunt lands. Please see website for details. 540.366.2228, 313 Luck Avenue SW It is also a great trout stream with a natural water slide at lower levels. Here are the pre-announced trout stocking dates for spring, 2020: list of waters that are closed to fishing and stocking, North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.), Beginning October 1, DWR will resume announcement of stockings via the.