Reston, VA

Trout fishing at Lake Fairfax

Update:  The recent cold temperatures have frozen Lake Fairfax, postponing Spring trout season, which was scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 8.

From Fairfax County Parks and Recreation:

Lake Fairfax is currently buried under three to four inches of ice, which means the spring trout season will be delayed until at least Wednesday, February 12, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we have to consider the safety of our visitors first.  To confirm the opening date, please call the park at 703-471-5415.”

Original story, Thursday:

There still may be cold temperatures and some snow in February, but Lake Fairfax’s spring trout fishing season will begin Feb. 8 as scheduled.

The Fairfax County Park Authority stocks Lake Fairfax with golden and rainbow trout for fishing seasons in Spring and Fall. The trout are trucked in from regional hatcheries and then piped right into the 20-acre lake.

Spring trout season in Fairfax runs Feb. 8 to May 4. Here is what you need to know:

In addition to a Virginia state fishing license, a trout fishing permit from the park is required until the conclusion of the season on May 4. A Virginia state trout license is not required. Passes may be purchased at the main office and are non-transferable. Both season and day passes must be worn in a visible manner.

Pass Fees — Spring Pass:  Adult – $60; Senior – $45;  Child – $30. Daily Pass: Adult – $15; Senior – $10; Child – $7.50. Year Pass  (covers fall season as well):  Adult – $70;  Senior – $52.50; Child – $35

  • There is a six-fish-per day limit.
  • Only one pole and/or line may be used at a time.
  • Netting, snagging and chumming are prohibited.
  • Fishing is allowed during park hours only. The park opens at dawn and closes at dusk.
  • In accordance with VDGIF regulations, no cleaning of fish is permitted.

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