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TITLE 4. CONSERVATION AND NATURAL                                           Summary:
            RESOURCES                                                          The amendments (i) establish a "No walleye less than 18
                                                                               inches" regulation in the Middle Fork Holston and
   BOARD OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES                                          South Fork Holston rivers, (ii) correct the "No
                                                                               possession (catch and release only)" demarcation lines
REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Game and Inland                               for American shad and hickory shad by adding "above
Fisheries is exempt from the Administrative Process Act                        Harvell Dam" after "Appomattox River" and adding
pursuant to subdivision A 3 of §2.2-4002 of the Code of                        "and the Mattaponi River" after "Pamunkey River," (iii)
Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the                           modify anadromous (coastal) alewife and blueback
management of wildlife. The board is required by §2.2-                         herring creel and length limit regulations above and
4031 of the Code of Virginia to publish all proposed and                       below the fall line in all coastal rivers of the
final wildlife management regulations, including length of                     Chesapeake Bay to be set by the Virginia Marine
seasons and bag limits allowed on the wildlife resources                       Resources Commission, and (iv) modify the creel and
within the Commonwealth of Virginia.                                           length limits for anadromous (coastal) alewife and
                                                                               blueback herring in the Meherrin, Nottoway,
                 Final Regulation                                              Blackwater (Chowan Drainage), North Landing, and
                                                                               Northwest rivers and their tributaries plus Back Bay to
Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-320. Fish:                   Fishing
                                                                               "No Possession."
Generally (amending 4VAC15-320-25).
                                                                            4VAC15-320-25. Creel and length limits.
Statutory Authority: §§29.1-103, 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of
the Code of Virginia.                                                         The creel limits (including live possession) and the length
                                                                            limits for the various species of fish shall be as follows,
Effective Date: January 1, 2008.
                                                                            unless otherwise excepted by posted rules at department-
Agency Contact: Phil Smith, Regulatory Coordinator,                         owned or department-controlled waters (see 4VAC15-320-
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4016 West                          100 D).
Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230, telephone (804) 367-
8341 or email phil.smith@dgif.virginia.gov.




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                Subtype or   Creel and                                            Creel or length limits for
Type of fish                                     Geographic exceptions
                location     length limits                                        exceptions
largemouth                   5 per day in the    Lakes
bass,                        aggregate;
smallmouth                                       Briery Creek Lake                No bass 14 to 24 inches,
                             No statewide                                         only 1 per day longer than
bass, spotted
                             length limits                                        24 inches
bass
                                                 Buggs Island (Kerr)              Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                                                                                  14 inches
                                                 Claytor Lake                     No bass less than 12 inches
                                                 Flannagan Reservoir              No bass less than 12 inches
                                                 Lake Gaston                      Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                                                                                  14 inches
                                                 Leesville Reservoir              Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                                                                                  14 inches
                                                 Lake Moomaw                      No bass less than 12 inches
                                                 Philpott Reservoir               No bass less than 12 inches
                                                 Quantico Marine Base waters      No bass 12 to 15 inches
                                                 Smith Mt. Lake and its           Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                                                 tributaries below Niagara Dam    14 inches
                                                 Rivers
                                                 Clinch River – within the        No bass 11 to 14 inches
                                                 boundaries of Scott, Wise,
                                                 Russell, or Tazewell counties
                                                 Dan River and tributaries        Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                                                 down stream from the Brantley    14 inches
                                                 Steam Plant, Danville
                                                 James River – Confluence of      No bass 14 to 22 inches,
                                                 the Jackson and Cowpasture       only 1 per day longer than
                                                 rivers (Botetourt County)        22 inches
                                                 downstream to the 14th Street
                                                 Bridge in Richmond
                                                 New River – Fields Dam           No bass 14 to 20 inches,
                                                 (Grayson County) downstream      only 1 per day longer than
                                                 to the VA – WV state line and    20 inches
                                                 its tributary Little River
                                                 downstream from Little River
                                                 Dam in Montgomery County
                                                 (This does not include Claytor
                                                 Lake which is delineated as:
                                                 The upper end of the island at
                                                 Allisonia downstream to the
                                                 dam)




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                            North Fork Holston River - Rt.   No bass less than 20 inches,
                            91 bridge upstream of            only 1 per day longer than
                            Saltville, VA downstream to      20 inches
                            the VA-TN state line
                            North Fork Shenandoah            No bass 11 to 14 inches
                            River – Rt. 42 bridge,
                            Rockingham Co. downstream
                            to the confluence with S. Fork
                            Shenandoah at Front Royal
                            Potomac River - Virginia tidal   No bass less than 15 inches
                            tributaries above Rt. 301        from March 1 through June
                            bridge                           15
                            Roanoke (Staunton) River -       Only 2 of 5 bass less than
                            and its tributaries below        14 inches
                            Difficult Creek, Charlotte Co.
                            Shenandoah River –
                            Confluence of South Fork and     No bass 11 to 14 inches
                            North Fork rivers, Front
                            Royal, downstream, to the
                            Warren Dam, near Front Royal
                            Base of Warren Dam, near         No bass 14 to 20 inches,
                            Front Royal downstream to Rt.    only 1 per day longer than
                            17/50 bridge                     20 inches
                            Rt. 17/50 bridge downstream      No bass 11 to 14 inches
                            to VA - WV state line
                            South Fork Shenandoah
                            River -
                            Confluence of North and          No bass 11 to 14 inches
                            South rivers, below Port
                            Republic, downstream to
                            Shenandoah Dam, near Town
                            of Shenandoah
                            Base of Shenandoah Dam,          No bass 14 to 20 inches,
                            near Town of Shenandoah,         only 1 per day longer than
                            downstream to Luray Dam,         20 inches
                            near Luray
                            Base of Luray Dam, near          No bass 11 to 14 inches
                            Luray, downstream to the
                            confluence with North Fork of
                            Shenandoah, Front Royal




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striped bass   landlocked          4 per day in the    Buggs Island (Kerr) reservoir    October 1 - May 31: 2 per
               striped bass and    aggregate;          including the Staunton River     day in the aggregate;
               landlocked                              to Leesville Dam and the Dan
                                   No fish less than                                    No striped bass less than 26
               striped bass x                          River to Brantly Steam Plant
                                   20 inches                                            inches;
               white bass                              (Danville)
               hybrids                                                                  June 1 - September 30: 4
                                                                                        per day in the aggregate;
                                                                                        No length limit
                                                       Smith Mountain Lake and its      2 per day in the aggregate;
                                                       tributaries, including the
                                                                                        October 1 - May 31: No
                                                       Roanoke River upstream to
                                                                                        striped bass 26 to 36 inches;
                                                       Niagara Dam
                                                                                        June 1 - September 30: No
                                                                                        length limit
               anadromous          Creel and length
               (coastal) striped   limits shall be
               bass above the      set by the
               fall line in all    Virginia Marine
               coastal rivers of   Resources
               the Chesapeake      Commission for
               Bay                 recreational
                                   fishing in tidal
                                   waters
               anadromous          2 per day;
               (coastal) in the
                                   No striped bass
               Meherrin,
                                   less than 18
               Nottoway,
                                   inches
               Blackwater
               (Chowan
               Drainage), North
               Landing and
               Northwest Rivers
               and their
               tributaries plus
               Back Bay
white bass                         5 per day;
                                   No statewide
                                   length limits
walleye                            5 per day;          Flannagan, Philpott, and South   No walleye less than 18
                                                       Holston reservoirs, and the      inches
                                   No statewide
                                                       Middle Fork Holston and
                                   length limits
                                                       South Fork Holston rivers
                                                       Claytor Lake and New River       No walleye less than 20
                                                       upstream of Claytor Lake Dam     inches
sauger                             2 per day;
                                   No statewide
                                   length limits




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chain pickerel                      5 per day;          Gaston and Buggs Island           No daily limit
                                                        (Kerr) reservoirs
                                    No statewide
                                    length limits
northern pike                       2 per day;
                                    No pike less
                                    than 20 inches
muskellunge                         2 per day;          New River - Fields Dam            1 per day
                                                        (Grayson County) downstream
                                    No muskellunge                                        No muskellunge less than
                                                        to the VA - WV state line,
                                    less than 30                                          42 inches
                                                        including Claytor Lake
                                    inches
bluegill                            50 per day in the   Gaston and Buggs Island           No daily limit
(bream) and                         aggregate;          (Kerr) reservoirs and that
other sunfish                                           portion of the New River from
                                    No statewide
excluding                                               the VA - NC state line
                                    length limits
crappie, rock                                           downstream to the confluence
bass (redeye)                                           of the New and Little Rivers in
and Roanoke                                             Grayson County
bass
crappie (black                      25 per day in the   Gaston and Buggs Island           No daily limit
or white)                           aggregate;          (Kerr) reservoirs and that
                                                        portion of the New River from
                                    No statewide
                                                        the VA - NC state line
                                    length limits
                                                        downstream to the confluence
                                                        of the New and Little Rivers in
                                                        Grayson County
                                                        Flannagan and South Holston       No crappie less than 10
                                                        reservoirs                        inches
rock bass                           25 per day;         Gaston and Buggs Island           No daily limit
(redeye)                                                (Kerr) reservoirs and that
                                    No statewide
                                                        portion of the New River from
                                    length limits
                                                        the VA - NC state line
                                                        downstream to the confluence
                                                        of the New and Little Rivers in
                                                        Grayson County.
                                                        Nottoway and Meherrin rivers      5 per day in the aggregate
                                                        and their tributaries             with Roanoke bass;
                                                                                          No rock bass less than 8
                                                                                          inches
Roanoke bass                        No statewide        Nottoway and Meherrin rivers      5 per day in the aggregate
                                    daily limit;        and their tributaries             with rock bass;
                                    No statewide                                          No Roanoke bass less than 8
                                    length limits                                         inches
trout            See 4VAC15-330. Fish: Trout Fishing.
catfish          channel, white,    20 per day;         All rivers below the fall line    No daily limit
                 and flathead
                                    No length limits
                 catfish


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               blue catfish        20 per day, only    All rivers below the fall line   No daily limit, except only
                                   1 blue catfish                                       1 blue catfish per day longer
                                   per day longer                                       than 32 inches
                                   than 32 inches
               yellow, brown,      No daily limit;
               and black
                                   No length limits
               bullheads
American       James River         No possession
shad and       above the fall      (catch and
hickory shad   line (14th Street   release only)
               Bridge), the
               Meherrin River
               above Emporia
               Dam, the
               Chickahominy
               River above
               Walkers Dam,
               the Appomattox
               River and above
               Harvell Dam, the
               Pamunkey River
               and the
               Mattaponi River
               above the Rt.
               360 bridge, and
               the
               Rappahannock
               River above the
               Rt. 1 bridge
               (below the fall     Creel and length
               line) in tidal      limits shall be
               rivers of the       those set by the
               Chesapeake Bay      Virginia Marine
                                   Resources
                                   Commission
               Meherrin River      10 per day in the
               below Emporia       aggregate
               Dam Nottoway
                                   No length limits
               River,
               Blackwater River
               (Chowan
               Drainage), North
               Landing and
               Northwest rivers,
               and their
               tributaries plus
               Back Bay




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anadromous        James River          No possession
(coastal)         above Boshers        (catch and
alewife and       Dam, the             release only)
blueback          Meherrin River
herring           above Emporia
                  Dam, the
                  Chickahominy
                  River above
                  Walkers Dam,
                  the Appomattox
                  River above
                  Harvell Dam, the
                  South Anna
                  River above the
                  U.S. Rt. 1 bridge,
                  and the
                  Rappahannock
                  River above
                  Embrey Dam
                  Above and            Creel and length
                  below the fall       limits shall be
                  line in tidal all    those set by the
                  coastal rivers of    Virginia Marine
                  the Chesapeake       Resources
                  Bay                  Commission
                  Meherrin River       No daily limits
                  below Emporia        possession
                  Dam, Nottoway
                                       No length limits
                  River,
                  Blackwater River
                  (Chowan
                  Drainage), North
                  Landing and
                  Northwest rivers,
                  and their
                  tributaries plus
                  Back Bay
other native or   See 4VAC15-360-10. Fish: Aquatic Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Nongame Fish. Taking
naturalized       aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and nongame fish for private use.
nongame fish
endangered or     See 4VAC15-20-130. Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General. Endangered and threatened species;
threatened fish   adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated.
nonnative         See 4VAC15-30-40. Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals.
(exotic) fish     Importation requirements, possession and sale of nonnative (exotic) animals.
                                        VA.R. Doc. No. R07-819; Filed December 28, 2007, 11:54 a.m.




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