Shenandoah National Park lifts fishing closure


Luray, Dec. 6 — Effective immediately, Shenandoah National Park officials have lifted a parkwide fishing closure. Extremely dry conditions and low stream flows prompted the ban on August 31. 

Recent rainfall has improved conditions resulting in lifting the fishing ban.

However, Evan Childress, fish biologist, added, “Be gentle with the fish and the fragile environment they inhabit. The dry conditions likely reduced spawning success. Brook trout eggs spend the winter incubating in gravel in the streams, so it’s important to avoid walking through those areas to prevent trampling of eggs.” 

Anglers are also encouraged to minimize handling and time out of the water to reduce stress on the fish.  

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