The weather forecast calls for a sunny, seasonable day on Saturday— perfect for the hundreds of trout fishermen, women and kids who are expected to line Jennings Creek that morning for the annual Heritage Trout Day.

Jennings Creek in the Arcadia area of Botetourt, Tinker Creek in Roanoke and Douthat Lake near Clifton Forge are again among the 20 streams and lakes in western Virginia that will be stocked specifically for the annual Trout Heritage Day, Saturday, April 1.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries holds the annual Trout Heritage Day for those anglers who enjoyed and missed the old Opening Day.

The selected waters are stocked for the first Saturday in April to create an announced stocking event. DGIF has worked with the U.S. Forest Service, local communities and private landowners to provide this opportunity.

Heritage Waters are closed to fishing on Friday, March 31, and on April 1 fishing can begin at 9 a.m. The fee fishing areas (Douthat Lake) are closed to angling from March 28-March 31.

Other waters that will be stocked for Heritage Day are:

Beartree Lake in Washington County

Bark Camp Lake in Scott County

Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area in Washington County

Cripple Creek (Ravens Cliff) in Wythe County

Crooked Creek Fee Fishing Area in Carroll County

Hawksbill Creek in Page County

Jennings Creek in Botetourt County

Lake Witten in Tazewell County

Liberty Lake in Bedford County

Lincolnshire Lake in Tazewell County

Middle Fork Holston River in Smyth County

Passage Creek in Shenandoah County

Pedlar River (upper) in Amherst County

Pigg River in Franklin County

Quantico MCB in Prince William County

Robinson River in Madison County

Rose River in Madison County

South Fork Powell River in Wise County

For more information about Trout Heritage Day, visit the DGIF website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov.

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