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.