rainbow trout, caught by William Hodges

Fishermen love to tell stories about their best days on the water. The best stories are made possible by great memories in spectacular places while landing a few good catches. Memories like this are every day “made in Bath County experiences.”

Located in the mountains of Virginia, west of the Shenandoah Valley, Bath County is developing a reputation for some of the finest fishing in the state. Our unspoiled lakes, rivers and streams draw serious anglers from all across the east coast in seek of a beautiful rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass or dozens of other species.flys for fishing

Fishing in Bath County, courtesy of WG PhotographyThe cool waters, the breathtaking beauty and the trophy fish are enough to lure anglers here, but there’s more to discover in Bath County. Outdoor recreation is a way of life here. Visitors seeking outdoor adventure are welcomed with exceptional hospitality. Bath County is filled with unique lodging options that will make you and your family and friends feel right at home.

Each spring, we celebrate the great fly fishing in Bath County with the We’re So Fly Festival. Join us May 6 – 9, 2021, for guided fishing excursions, clinics, wine tasting and much more. Follow the festival Facebook Page for more information >

  • Blowing Springs

    Route 39
    7698 Mountain Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    From Warm Springs, take SR 39 west for 9 miles to the campground.

    Back Creek, a stocked trout stream, flows adjacent to the Blowing Springs Campground and offers very good trout fishing.

    Operated by US Forest Service

    First come, first serve.

  • Bolar Mountain Recreation Area and Lake Moomaw

    Route 600
    756 Twin Ridge Drive
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • Reservations: 877-444-6777

    Lake Moomaw is renowned for its excellent fishing, yielding citation size brown and rainbow trout.

    Operated by US Forest Service

  • Bull Mountain Guide Service

    • 540.560.0531

    Fly Fishing guide service in Augusta, Highland and Bath Counties ranging from first timers to seasoned anglers fishing both private waters as well as public rivers and streams

  • Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

    Route 600
    316 Power Station Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4136

    Fishing is permitted in the stream, upper and lower half of the lower pond.

  • Douthat State Park

    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460
    • 540-862-8100
    • 540-862-8117
    • Reservations: 540-933-PARK

    The 50-acre Douthat Lake and adjoining Wilson Creek are stocked regularly with trout on a seasonal basis.

  • Hidden Valley Recreational Area

    2241 Hidden Valley Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Fishing on the Jackson River is a special regulation area requiring an additional stamp. Please obey posted limits.

  • Jackson River

    The Jackson River offers a very diverse trout fishing opportunity. North of Lake Moomaw, the Hidden Valley and Poor Farm stretches of the river offer excellent fishing for stocked trout. Very popular with the fly fishermen is the 3 mile stretch between Poor Farm and Muddy Run.

  • Lake Moomaw Marina, LLC

    Route 600
    8446 Bolars Draft Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484
    • 540-279-4144

    Open May 1st through early October

  • Poor Farm

    Route 623 to the National Forest boundary
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    End of Jackson River

  • Walton Tract

    Access off Route 42
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The Cowpasture River features a warm water fishery. Here is an opportunity to hook a musky as well as perch and bass. The river flows through the Walton Tract, where a canoe can be used to fish or just enjoy the scenery.

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