Fishing in inland waters must be done with a hook and line or with a rod and reel. Limit the fillets of any fish in possession while in the field or in the water. Seasons, sizes, possession limits and more for recreational anglers. Be sure to check local fishing regulations for catch limits, size requirements, and necessary permits for seafood.
Also note that certain types of seafood from Southeast Alaska are known to cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), which can be fatal. Learn about fishing regulations and licenses, species identification, responsible fishing practices and more. A special-use permit is not required for boat ramps for tournaments, rodeos, or other fishing events that take place at the state or national level and that do not have a designated meeting or meeting place. Open fishing seasons, as well as fishing schedules, capture methods and size, possession and fillet limits, and hunting and trapping in lakes, ponds, streams, or boat access sites owned by the Department, must comply with board regulations, unless rules published by the director or his designee exclude otherwise.
Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day, unless otherwise indicated in lakes, ponds, streams, or boat access sites owned by the Department. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission establishes regulations for anadromous (coastal) striped bass, alewife herring and bluefin above and below the fall line, in the tidal rivers of Chesapeake Bay; and anadromous American tarpon (coastal) and all other saltwater fish below the fall line, in the tidal rivers of Chesapeake Bay. It will be illegal to use fish as bait in Lick Creek in Smyth and Bland Counties, Bear Creek in Smyth County, Laurel Creek in Tazewell and Bland Counties (drainage of the North Fork Holston River), Big Stony Creek in Giles County, Dismal Creek in Bland and Giles Counties, Laurel Creek in Bland County in Bland County in Bland County (Wolf Creek drainage) and Cripple Creek in Smyth and Wythe Counties. Fishing for fish in any lake, pond, or stream owned by the Department by any means other than the use of one or more poles tied with an attached hook and line is prohibited, unless otherwise indicated.
A permit for the special use of a boat ramp is required to organize, supervise, or request registrations for fishing tournaments, rodeos, or other fishing events in lakes, ponds or streams owned by the department, for which prizes are offered, awarded or accepted depending on the size or quantity of fish caught, whether in money or other valuable considerations. Fish or parts of fish, with the exception of the cheeks and liver, must wear their skin while on board the ship and at the time of disembarkation to meet the minimum size requirements. Any fish caught and entered for scoring or consideration during a permitted fishing tournament, rodeo, or other fishing event in lakes, ponds, or streams owned by the department must be released immediately at the capture site. It will be illegal to fish or gather bait from March 1 to June 15 within 300 feet of the Boshers Dam, on the north bank of the James River.