Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
1/22/2020

Chapter 320. Fish: Fishing Generally

4VAC15-320-10. Continuous open season for all species except anadromous (coastal) striped bass above the fall line in coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay.

Except as otherwise specifically provided by sections appearing in this chapter, there shall be a continuous open season for fishing to take all species of fish except anadromous (coastal) striped bass above the fall line in coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay, where the open season shall be that set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission for tidal waters.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 1; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. July 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997.

4VAC15-320-20. [Repealed]

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 2, eff. January 1, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 15, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1999; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2003.

4VAC15-320-25. Creel and length limits.

The creel limits (including live possession) and the length limits for the various species of fish shall be as follows, unless otherwise excepted by posted rules at department-owned or department-controlled waters (see 4VAC15-320-100 D).

Type of fish

Subtype or location

Creel and length limits

Geographic exceptions

Creel or length limits for exceptions

largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass

5 per day in the aggregate (combined)

No statewide length limits

Lakes

Briery Creek Lake

No bass 16 to 24 inches; only 1 per day longer than 24 inches

Buggs Island (Kerr)

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

Claytor Lake

No smallmouth bass less than 14 inches; 15 spotted bass per day

Flannagan Reservoir

No bass less than 12 inches

Lake Gaston

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

Leesville Reservoir

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

Lake Moomaw

No bass less than 12 inches

Philpott Reservoir

No bass less than 12 inches

Quantico Marine Base waters

No bass 12 to 15 inches

Smith Mountain Lake and its tributaries below Niagara Dam

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

Rivers

Clinch River – within the boundaries of Scott, Wise, Russell, or Tazewell Counties

No bass less than 20 inches; only 1 bass per day longer than 20 inches

Levisa Fork River – within the boundaries Buchanan County

No bass less than 20 inches; only 1 bass per day longer than 20 inches

Dan River and tributaries downstream from the Union Street Dam, Danville

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

James River – Confluence of the Jackson and Cowpasture rivers (Botetourt County) downstream to the 14th Street Bridge in Richmond

No bass 14 to 22 inches; only 1 per day longer than 22 inches

New River – Fields Dam (Grayson County) downstream to the VA - WV state line and its tributaries Little River downstream from Little River Dam in Montgomery County, Big Walker Creek from the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge downstream to the New River, and Wolf Creek from the Narrows Dam downstream to the New River in Giles County (This does not include Claytor Lake, which is delineated as: The upper end of the island at Allisonia downstream to the dam)

No bass 14 to 22 inches; only 1 per day longer than 22 inches

North Fork Holston River - Rt. 91 bridge upstream of Saltville, VA downstream to the VA - TN state line

No bass less than 20 inches; only 1 per day longer than 20 inches

North Fork Shenandoah River – Rt. 42 bridge, Rockingham County downstream to the confluence with S. Fork Shenandoah at Front Royal

No bass 11 to 14 inches

Potomac River - Virginia tidal tributaries above Rt. 301 bridge

No bass less than 15 inches from March 1 through June 15

Roanoke (Staunton) River - and its tributaries below Difficult Creek, Charlotte County

Only 2 of 5 bass less than 14 inches

Shenandoah River –

Confluence of South Fork and North Fork Rivers, Front Royal, downstream, to the Warren Dam, near Front Royal

No bass 11 to 14 inches

Base of Warren Dam, near Front Royal downstream to Rt. 17/50 bridge

No bass 14 to 20 inches; only 1 per day longer than 20 inches

Rt. 17/50 bridge downstream to VA - WV state line

No bass 11 to 14 inches

South Fork Shenandoah River -

Confluence of North and South rivers, below Port Republic, downstream to Shenandoah Dam, near Town of Shenandoah

No bass 11 to 14 inches

Base of Shenandoah Dam, near Town of Shenandoah, downstream to Luray Dam, near Luray

No bass 14 to 20 inches; only 1 per day longer than 20 inches

Base of Luray Dam, near Luray, downstream to the confluence with North Fork of Shenandoah, Front Royal

No bass 11 to 14 inches

Staunton River -

Leesville Dam (Campbell County) downstream to the mouth of Difficult Creek, Charlotte County

No smallmouth bass less than 20 inches; only 1 per day longer than 20 inches

striped bass

landlocked striped bass and landlocked striped bass - white bass hybrids

4 per day in the aggregate

No fish less than 20 inches

Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoir, including the Staunton River to Leesville Dam and the Dan River to Union Street Dam (Danville)

October 1 - May 31: 2 per day in the aggregate; no striped bass or hybrid striped bass less than 20 inches

June 1 - September 30: 4 per day in the aggregate; no length limit

Claytor Lake and its tributaries

September 16 – June 30: 2 per day in the aggregate; no striped bass or hybrid bass less than 20 inches

July 1 – September 15: 4 per day in the aggregate;
no length limit

Smith Mountain Lake and its tributaries, including the Roanoke River upstream to Niagara Dam

2 per day in the aggregate

November 1 - May 31: No striped bass 30 to 40 inches

June 1 - October 31: No length limit

Lake Gaston

4 per day in the aggregate

October 1 - May 31: No striped bass or hybrid striped bass less than 20 inches

June 1 - September 30: No length limit

anadromous (coastal) striped bass above the fall line in all coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

Creel and length limits shall be set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission for recreational fishing in tidal waters

anadromous (coastal) in the Meherrin, Nottoway, Blackwater (Chowan Drainage), North Landing and Northwest Rivers and their tributaries plus Back Bay

2 per day

No striped bass less than 18 inches

white bass

5 per day

No statewide length limits

Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoir, including the Staunton River to Leesville Dam and the Dan River to Union Street Dam (Danville)

10 per day; no white bass less than 14 inches

walleye

5 per day in the aggregate

No walleye or saugeye less than 18 inches

New River upstream of Buck Dam in Carroll County

No walleye less than 20 inches

Claytor Lake and the New River upstream of Claytor Lake Dam to Buck Dam in Carroll County

February 1 - May 31: 2 walleye per day; no walleye 19 to 28 inches

June 1 - January 31: 5 walleye per day; no walleye less than 20 inches

sauger

2 per day

No statewide length limits

yellow perch

No statewide daily limit

No statewide length limits

Lake Moomaw

10 per day

chain pickerel

5 per day

No statewide length limits

Gaston and Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoirs

No daily limit

northern pike

2 per day

No pike less than 20 inches

muskellunge

2 per day

No muskellunge less than 30 inches

New River - Fields Dam (Grayson County) downstream to Claytor Dam, including Claytor Lake

1 per day; no muskellunge less than 42 inches

New River - Claytor Dam downstream to the VA - WV state line

1 per day

June 1 - last day of February: No muskellunge 40 to 48 inches

March 1 - May 31: No muskellunge less than 48 inches

bluegill (bream) and other sunfish excluding crappie, rock bass (redeye) and Roanoke bass

50 per day in the aggregate

No statewide length limits

Gaston and Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoirs and that portion of the New River from the VA - NC state line downstream to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Grayson County

No daily limit

crappie (black or white)

25 per day in the aggregate

No statewide length limits

Lake Gaston and that portion of the New River from the VA - NC state line downstream to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Grayson County

No daily limit

Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoir

No crappie less than 9 inches

Briery Creek and Sandy River Reservoirs

No crappie less than 9 inches

Flannagan and South Holston Reservoirs

No crappie less than 10 inches

rock bass (redeye)

25 per day; in the aggregate with Roanoke bass

No statewide length limits

Gaston and Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoirs and that portion of the New River from the VA - NC state line downstream to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Grayson County

No daily limit

Nottoway, Meherrin, Blackwater (Franklin County), Falling, and Smith Rivers and their tributaries

5 per day in the aggregate with Roanoke bass;

no rock bass less than 8 inches

Roanoke bass

25 per day in the aggregate with rock bass

No statewide length limits

Nottoway, Meherrin, Blackwater (Franklin County), Falling, and Smith Rivers and their tributaries

5 per day in the aggregate with rock bass;

no Roanoke bass less than 8 inches

trout

See 4VAC15-330. Fish: Trout Fishing.

catfish

channel, white, and flathead catfish

20 per day;

No length limits

All rivers below the fall line

No daily limit

blue catfish

20 per day;

No statewide length limits

Lake Gaston

No daily limit, except only 1 blue catfish per day longer than 32 inches

Kerr Reservoir

20 per day, except only 1 blue catfish per day longer than 32 inches

James River and its tributaries below the fall line and York River and its tributaries (including the Pamunkey River and Mattaponi River) below the fall line

No daily limit, except only 1 blue catfish per day longer than 32 inches

All rivers below the fall line other than the James River and its tributaries and the York River and its tributaries

No daily limit

yellow, brown, and black bullheads

No daily limit;
No length limits

hickory shad

Above and below the fall line in all coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

Creel and length limits shall be the same as those set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission in tidal rivers

Meherrin River below Emporia Dam Nottoway River, Blackwater River (Chowan Drainage), North Landing and Northwest Rivers, and their tributaries plus Back Bay

10 per day

No length limits

American shad

No possession

anadromous (coastal) alewife and blueback herring

Above and below the fall line in all coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

Creel and length limits shall be the same as those set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission for these species in tidal rivers

Meherrin River, Nottoway River, Blackwater River (Chowan Drainage), North Landing and Northwest Rivers, and their tributaries plus Back Bay

No possession

red drum

Back Bay and tributaries including Lake Tecumseh and the North Landing River and its tributaries

1 per day

No drum less than 18 inches or greater than 27 inches

spotted sea trout (speckled trout)

Back Bay and tributaries including Lake Tecumseh and the North Landing River and its tributaries

4 per day

No sea trout less than 14 inches

grey trout (weakfish)

Back Bay and tributaries including Lake Tecumseh and North Landing River and its tributaries

1 per day

No grey trout less than 12 inches

southern flounder

Back Bay and tributaries including Lake Tecumseh and the North Landing River and its tributaries

6 per day

No flounder less than 15 inches

northern snakehead

Anglers may possess snakeheads taken from Virginia waters if they immediately kill the fish and notify the headquarters or a regional office of the department; notification may be made by telephoning (804) 367-2925

No statewide daily limit

No statewide length limits

longnose gar

5 per day

No statewide length limits

bowfin

5 per day

No statewide length limits

American eel

25 per day

No eel less than 9 inches

Back Bay and North Landing River

No possession limit for those individuals possessing a permit obtained under 4VAC15-340-80

other native or naturalized nongame fish

See 4VAC15-360-10. Fish: Aquatic Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Nongame Fish. Taking aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and nongame fish for private use.

endangered or threatened fish

See 4VAC15-20-130. Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General. Endangered and threatened species; adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated.

nonnative (exotic) fish

See 4VAC15-30-40. Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals. Importation requirements, possession and sale of nonnative (exotic) animals.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2006; Volume 24, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2008; Volume 27, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2011; Volume 29, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2013; Volume 31, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2015; Volume 33, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 2, eff. January 1, 2019.

4VAC15-320-30. [Repealed]

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 3, eff. January 1, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; amended, Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 15, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1999; Volume 17, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2001; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2003.

4VAC15-320-40. Sale of game fish, yellow perch, white perch, gizzard shad, carp, gar, and catfish.

Game fish, yellow perch, and catfish raised in a privately owned facility by the holder of a Permit to Propagate and Sell Certain Wildlife or Permit to Hold and Sell Certain Wildlife may be sold as follows: (i) game fish for stocking private waters; (ii) game fish for stocking public waters only with approval from the department pursuant to 4VAC15-320-60; (iii) trout pursuant to 4VAC15-330-180 and 4VAC15-330-190; and (iv) yellow perch and catfish for stocking private waters, public waters pursuant to 4VAC15-320-60, or for human consumption. Except as otherwise provided for in 4VAC15-320-25 and 4VAC15-360-10, catfish, yellow perch, white perch, gizzard shad, carp, and gar may be taken from below the fall line in all tidal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay and sold commercially in accordance with Virginia Marine Resources Commission commercial fishing regulations.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 4, eff. January 1, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 19, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2003; Volume 23, Issue 9, eff. January 15, 2007.

4VAC15-320-50. Fish used as bait prohibited in certain waters.

It shall be unlawful to use any species of fish as bait in the waters and tributaries of Lick Creek in Smyth and Bland counties, Bear Creek in Smyth County, Laurel Creek in Tazewell and Bland counties, Big Stony Creek in Giles County, Dismal Creek in Bland and Giles Counties, Laurel Creek in Bland County, and Cripple Creek in Smyth and Wythe Counties.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 5, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2003; Volume 35, Issue 2, eff. January 1, 2019.

4VAC15-320-60. Approval required to stock fish into inland waters.

It shall be unlawful to stock any species of fish into any inland waters of the Commonwealth, without first obtaining written approval to do so from the department. Nothing in this section shall be construed as restricting the use of native and naturalized species of fish in privately-owned ponds and lakes, except blue catfish and their hybrids may not be stocked.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 6, eff. January 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 31, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2015.

4VAC15-320-70. Use of certain mechanical devices in tail waters of Kerr Dam.

It shall be unlawful to dispatch a lure by means of any mechanical device other than rod and reel in the tail waters of Kerr Dam for a distance of 600 yards below that dam.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 7, eff. July 1, 1973; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995.

4VAC15-320-80. Fishing, collecting bait, etc., in tail waters of Leesville Dam.

It shall be unlawful to fish, attempt to fish, assist others in fishing or collect or attempt to collect bait while wading in any of the waters of the Roanoke River from Leesville Dam downstream a distance of 840 feet to a permanent overhead cable; provided, that this shall not be construed to prohibit persons from fishing from behind the safety railings of the Leesville Access Structure built by the department.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501, 29.1-502, 29.1-701 and 29.1-735 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 8, eff. January 1, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995.

4VAC15-320-90. Exception to requirement of national forest permit.

A national forest permit, as provided for in § 29.1-408 of the Code of Virginia shall not be required to fish from national forest lands in the North and South forks of the Shenandoah River, in the James River, in Skidmore Lake in Rockingham County, in Lake Moomaw (Gathright Project), in the Jackson River below Gathright Dam, in North Fork Pound Reservoir, and in Wilson Creek downstream of Douthat Lake in Alleghany and Bath Counties.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 9, eff. January 1, 1982; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 27, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2011.

4VAC15-320-100. Department-owned or controlled lakes, ponds, streams, boat access sites, or hatcheries.

A. Motors and boats. Unless otherwise posted at each recognized entrance to any department-owned or controlled lake, pond or stream, the use of boats propelled by gasoline motors, sail or mechanically operated recreational paddle wheel is prohibited. Department employees and other government agency officials may use gasoline motors in the performance of official duties.

B. Method of fishing. Taking any fish at any department-owned or controlled lake, pond or stream by any means other than by use of one or more attended poles with hook and line attached is prohibited unless otherwise posted in which case cast nets (subject to 4VAC15-360-10 B) may be used for collecting nongame fish for use as bait.

C. Hours for fishing. Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day unless otherwise posted at each recognized entrance to any department-owned or controlled lake, pond, stream, or boat access site.

D. Seasons; hours and methods of fishing; size and creel limits; hunting and trapping. The open seasons for fishing, as well as fishing hours, methods of taking fish and the size, possession and creel limits, and hunting and trapping for department-owned or department-controlled lakes, ponds, streams or boat access sites shall conform to the regulations of the board unless otherwise excepted by posted rules by the director or his designee. Such posted rules shall be displayed at each lake, pond, stream or boat access site, in which case the posted rules shall be in effect. Failure to comply with posted rules concerning seasons, hours, methods of taking, bag limits, and size, possession and creel limits shall constitute a violation of this regulation.

E. Other uses. Camping overnight or building fires (except in developed and designated areas), swimming, or wading in department-owned or department-controlled lakes, ponds or streams (except by anglers, hunters and trappers actively engaged in fishing, hunting or trapping), is prohibited. All other uses shall conform to the regulations of the board unless excepted by posted rules.

F. Fishing tournaments, etc. It shall be unlawful to organize, conduct, supervise or solicit entries for fishing tournaments, rodeos or other fishing events on lakes, ponds, or streams owned by the department, for which prizes are offered, awarded or accepted based on size or numbers of fish caught, either in money or other valuable considerations. This chapter will not prohibit events approved by the department that are intended to promote youth fishing or provide instruction, provided no prizes, as defined above, are awarded and no participation fees are charged.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 10, eff. January 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 15, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1999; Volume 17, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2001; Volume 17, Issue 19, eff. July 4, 2001; Volume 21, Issue 1, eff. September 20, 2004; Volume 22, Issue 16, eff. May 17, 2006.

4VAC15-320-110. [Repealed]

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 11, eff. July 1, 1980; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995.

4VAC15-320-120. Special daily permit for fishing in Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Douthat State Park Lake, Crooked Creek, and Wilson Creek.

A. It shall be unlawful to fish in the portion of Big Tumbling Creek within the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, in Douthat State Park Lake and in Wilson Creek both above the lake to the park boundary and downstream to the lower USFS boundary, and in the Crooked Creek fee fishing area in Carroll County without having first paid to the department for such privilege a daily use fee. Such daily use fee shall be in addition to all other license fees provided by law.

B. This fee will be required from the first Saturday in April through September 30 for the portion of Big Tumbling Creek within the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Crooked Creek fee fishing area in Carroll County, and from the first Saturday in April through June 15 and from September 15 through October 31 at Douthat State Park Lake and Wilson Creek, except that the director may temporarily suspend fee requirements if conditions cause suspension of trout stocking. During the remainder of the year, Douthat State Park Lake, Wilson Creek, and the Crooked Creek fee fishing area in Carroll County will revert to designated stocked trout waters and a trout license will be required except as provided in 4VAC15-20-190, and beginning on January 1, 2018, the portion of Big Tumbling Creek within the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area will revert to a seasonal catch and release area subject to 4VAC15-330-150. No fishing is permitted in these waters for five days preceding the opening day.

C. Upon payment of the daily use fee the department shall issue a special permit that shall be signed and carried by the person fishing.

D. Fishing shall begin at 9 a.m. on opening day at all fee areas. After opening day, fishing times will be as posted at each fee area.

E. The department may recognize clearly marked "children only" fishing areas within any department fee fishing area. Within these "children only" areas, children 12 years old or younger may fish without the daily use fee if accompanied by a fully licensed adult who has purchased a valid daily permit. No person older than 12 years of age may fish in these children-only areas. Also, children 12 years of age and younger can fish without a permit in all three fee fishing areas if under the direct supervision of a permitted adult. However, the combined daily creel limit for both adult and child or children in such a party shall not exceed six trout. During the fee fishing season these waters will be subject to 4VAC15-330-60, 4VAC15-330-80, and 4VAC15-330-90, as it relates to designated stocked trout waters.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 12, eff. January 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 9, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1993; Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1997; Volume 15, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1999; Volume 17, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2001; Volume 31, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2015; Volume 33, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2017.

4VAC15-320-130. (Repealed.)

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 13, eff. January 1, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 9, Issue 4, eff. January 1, 1993; Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; repealed Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2011.

4VAC15-320-140. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 14, eff. April 1, 1981; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 2, eff. January 1, 2019.

4VAC15-320-150. Shooting certain fish in Clinch River in Scott County.

It shall be lawful for any person holding a current license to fish to shoot suckers, redhorse and carp with a rifle, during the hours of sunrise to sunset, from April 15 to May 31, both inclusive, in the waters of the Clinch River within the limits of Scott County; except, that it shall be unlawful to shoot fish on Sunday, or within the limits of any town, or from any bridge. No more than 20 such fish may be so taken during any one day. All persons engaged in the shooting or the retrieval of fish pursuant to this section shall have in their possession a current fishing license.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-03-1 § 15, eff. January 1, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1995.

4VAC15-320-160. Altering of game fish in possession prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person while fishing to remove the head or tail or otherwise change the appearance of any game fish (except bluegill sunfish and bream of the sunfish family) having a daily creel or size limit so as to obscure its species or render it impracticable to measure its total original length or count the number of such fish in possession. In addition, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess or transport such altered game fish while on the water. However, the prohibition against possession and transportation in the previous sentence shall not apply to the preparations of lawfully obtained fish for immediate use as food or any lawful commercial use of such fish.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 1999.

4VAC15-320-170. Fishways.

It shall be unlawful to fish or to collect bait March 1 through June 15 within 300 feet of Boshers Dam Fishway on the north bank of James River, or within 150 feet of Harvell Dam Fishway on the south bank of Appomattox River.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2001.

Forms (4VAC15-320)

Application/permit for striped bass fishing tournament.

Nonresident harvester's permit to take or catch fish in Back Bay and its tributaries.



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