Shenandoah National Park contains over 70 mountain streams that support diverse aquatic resources including numerous brook trout populations. Fishing opportunities are abundant but are also regulated in order to preserve and protect fish resources. Please review the current Recreational Fishing brochure for a list of fishing regulations and license requirements, for guidelines on ethical fishing techniques, and for planning a fishing trip in the park. The brochure is available at entrance stations, visitor centers, campgrounds, and the park website.
In order to provide protection for eastern brook trout populations and enhance angling opportunities, Park Rangers strictly enforce regulations. If you see someone violating the regulations, please tell a Ranger or call (800) 732-0911. Thank you and happy fishing!
Click here for Fishing Regulations in Shenandoah National Park. (PDF file, 347 kb)
Anglers who wish to continue recreational fishing at its finest are encouraged to consider the following ethical fishing techniques for hooked fish:
1. All fish that are to be released must be carefully handled and immediately returned to the stream. Try to release fish without removing them from the water.
2. Maintain control of fish with wet hands and only a slightly firm grip.
3. Avoid contact or damage to sensitive gills.
4. Never leave litter, hooks, or spent fishing line in the park-pack it out.
Several commercial businesses are permitted to offer guided fly fishing services in Shenandoah National Park.
Did You Know?
Benton McKaye, the “father of the Appalachian Trail,” was also instrumental in passage of the Wilderness Act. Shenandoah National Park carries on Benton McKaye’s legacy with 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and almost 80,000 acres of designated wilderness. More...