Sampling in Virginia
Posted 21 February 2022 - 08:25 AM
Posted 21 February 2022 - 09:56 AM
Since Passage creek is a designated trout area, as per Virginia DWR :
- Nongame fish may be harvested only by hook and line in designated stocked trout waters between October 1 and June 15.
If you're good at microfishing you may be able to catch them. If you go back in October you can use a seine, which is the best method I've tried, although I have gotten one in a minnow trap before.
Also keep in mind that you need the Washington and Jefferson Park license in addition to regalar freshwater VA license if you fish in that area - not a big deal, they're easy to get and are only $5.
Passage creek is really nice for such a small creek, I've been there many times and I have a great time whenever I go.
You can get longears in other areas that are not too far from Herndon - I can give you more details about those if youre interested in trying that.
Posted 29 March 2022 - 06:39 PM
Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park is surprisingly healthy for being right in the middle of the suburbs. Rosyside Dace, Satinfin Shiners, Central Stonerollers, and a variety of darters to name a few. It's actually a reasonably healthy stream with easy access. Difficult Run Stream Valley Park is another stream with reasonably easy access, though I haven't been out to it.
Fairfax county actually has a serviceable page tracking their own sampling in the area near Herndon: https://www.fairfaxc...er/fish/minnows
For Redbelly Mountain Dace you're looking at a bit of a trip. The closest spot I've seen them caught is Happy Creek in Front Royal, but I'm not sure how common they are currently.
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