The 42-mile Maury River, which begins and ends in Rockbridge County, encapsulates diversity of species. Stocked with brown and rainbow trout near Goshen Pass and home to native brookies, the Maury's wild headwaters are a popular - and challenging - spot for fly anglers. Downstream, warmer waters are loaded with small-mouth bass and plenty of carp.

Fly anglers looking to brag should make their way to the mighty James River, a trophy fishery for small-mouth bass. Recently introduced, muskies have thrived in the James, and their naturally reproducing population is catching attention from regional fishing guides.

Trade your fly-fishing waders for a paddle and canoe at Lake Robertson where you can cast for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.


Residents: All residents 16 years of age and older are required to possess a state freshwater fishing license to fish for trout. Persons who fish in designated stocked waters must have an additional trout license. A National Forest Stamp is necessary when fishing in most waters within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Non-Residents: Out-of-state anglers who fish designated stocked waters need to purchase: a non-resident state freshwater fishing license (five-day, non-resident licenses are available), a non-resident trout license, and a National Forest Stamp (where appropriate). For fishing in wild trout or most special regulation waters, the non-resident needs only: a non-resident state freshwater fishing license, the appropriate National Forest Stamp and landowner permit cards.

For licenses, permits, and access information, visit Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) or call 804-367-1000 or 866-721-6911. You may check stocking schedules for daily updates during the stocking season.

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