Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Virginia
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout in area lakes and streams.
As far as major lakes in Virginia with trout goes, Lake Moomaw and South Holston Lake are the only ones with a significant trout population. Rivers and streams are your best bet in the state of Virginia.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 14 lbs 7 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 15 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 18 lbs 11 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Virginia State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Greers Pond.
The state record brook trout was taken out of Cub Run.
The state record brown trout came from Smith River.
The state record lake trout was caught in Philpott Reservoir.
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Visit the The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website for information on trout stocking in Virginia.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Virginia waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.