Trout creel (harvest) and length limits to improve fisheries

Background

Creel and length limits are management tools to improve angling opportunities by distributing catch and harvest to additional anglers, reducing harvest of selected sizes of fish, or increasing catch rates of quality or trophy-sized fish.

Staff is considering the following to address this issue:

  • Little Tumbling Creek Brook Trout - Establish a catch and release special regulation section for trout on that portion of Little Tumbling Creek within the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Smyth and Tazewell Counties. This is part of a stream liming/restoration project involving numerous partners to establish Brook Trout in a stream formally devoid of fish. The proposed regulation would be single hook, artificial lure, and all trout caught must be immediately returned to the water. No trout or bait may be in possession at any time in this area.
  • Little Stony Creek and its tributaries Brown Trout - Establish a catch and release special regulation section for trout on a portion of Little Stony Creek on U. S. Forest Service property in Scott County. DGIF and Trout Unlimited have partnered on a supplemental Brown Trout stocking effort which has been very successful. This regulation would protect this fishery and allow it to become a significant recreational resource. The proposed regulation would be single hook, artificial lure, and all trout caught must be immediately returned to the water. No trout or bait may be in possession at any time in this area.
  • Mountain Fork Brook Trout - Establish a catch and release special regulation section for trout on a portion of Mountain Fork on U. S. Forest Service property in Scott County. DGIF and Trout Unlimited have partnered on a supplemental Brook Trout stocking effort which has been very successful. This regulation would protect this fishery and allow it to become a significant recreational resource. The proposed regulation would be single hook, artificial lure, and all trout caught must be immediately returned to the water. No trout or bait may be in possession at any time in this area.

(posted 2/11/2014)

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