Virginians have many opportunities to catch trout across the state including native and stocked trout. For those anglers who have ever wondered what rivers and streams will be stocked; how many trout should be stocked; or whether new bodies should be considered – here is your chance to learn and voice your opinion to DGIF. The new stocked trout management plan will help anglers and outdoor enthusiast learn from the states new proposed plan.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has made the Draft Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan available online for review until September 15th, 2015. This plan provides the agency’s road map for supporting stocked trout in Virginia for the next 10 years. This is an important piece of management that all should take the chance to read, and provide feedback on.
The plan was drafted through a collaboration of fisheries bilogist and staff in conjunction with researches from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. The management plan is attempting to balance the values of the stakeholders with that of the natural resources, ecology and habitat. In addition, DGIF has held ten public meetings across the state since October 2013 to gain feedback about current stocking efforts. This was taken along with the hundreds of comments left on the agency website in order to develop the draft plan.
In addition, if you were a Virginia Trout Licence buyer, you may have been one of the 5,400 who received a survey in the mail requesting feedback, or one of the many anglers asked to assist with a creel survey at one of the 17 various stocked trout waters. All of this information was also facotred into the draft management plan.
DGIF encourages anyone with an interest in the stocked trout program to comment on this draft management plan. Interested individuals can read the plan and submit comments through a link on the DGIF web site athttp://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/management-plan/ or mail comments to:
Stocked Trout Management Plan c/o Vic DiCenzo
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (MC 0321)
Virginia Tech, 310 West Campus Drive