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Sampling in Virginia

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#1 exasperatus2002

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 12:40 AM

I'm from Pennsylvania but will be staying 3 days in October in Herndon VA. Is there anything I should watch for while sampling? Are the mountain red belly dace located any where close by?

#2 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 08:25 AM

Lions tale trail on Passage creek. Not exactly close but I have been there fly fishing lately and they are there. Make sure you are within the dates that it is not a designated trout water or you can't collect there. Really nice small body of water.
Deep in the hills of Great North Mountain

#3 El Todd

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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.

#4 Warbadger

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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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