Fishing without a valid state fishing license
issued by either Virginia or North Carolina is prohibited. (A license issued
either state is valid on all Parkway waters. No special trout stamp or license required.) A North Carolina resident may
fish Parkway waters within his or her county of residence using natural bait without a fishing license except in special and
closed waters, as designated below. Natural bait is any bait that may be beneficially digested by fish.
The fishing season and hours shall conform
to those established by the State except that fishing is prohibited one-half
after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise on all Parkway waters.
Creel and Size Limits
In general waters, creel and size limits shall
conform to those established by the State. Limits for "Special Waters"
posted at each lake shore or stream bank.
"Special Waters" in North Carolina are:
Upper Boone Fork (upstream from Price Lake)
Lower Boone Fork
Cold Prong Branch
Sims Pond and Creek
"Special Waters" in Virginia are:
Little Stoney Creek
Otter Lake and Creek
Rock Castle Creek
Little Rock Castle Creek
All trout caught in Chestnut Creek and Lower
Boone Creek must be released.
Fishing is not permitted from the dam at Price Lake, from the footbridge in the Price Park picnic area, or from the James
Bee Tree Creek, a tributary of Boone Fork, is closed for research purpose.
The possession or use of live or dead fish,
amphibians, or nonpreserved fish eggs is prohibited while on or along any
Digging for natural bait on Parkway land is prohibiited.
Use of bait, other than listed above, on waters classified as "General Waters" shall conform to regulations established by
The possession or use as bait of insects, worms,
live or dead fish or fish parts, or other organic bait is prohibited while
adjacent to, on, or in streams or lakes classified as "Special Waters."
Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial
lures in all "Special Waters" with the following exceptions: in Basin Creek
and its tributaries and Lower Boone Fork from Price Lake Dam downstream to the Parkway boundary, the use of lures
other than single-hook artificial flies is prohibited.
Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial lures.