Fish in Virginia’s Western Highlands

Nestled in Virginia’s Western Highlands, the County of Bath is home to outstanding recreation and fishing in the George Washington National Forest, Douthat State Park, Lake Moomaw, Dominion Back Creek, and the Cowpasture and Jackson rivers.

With stunning vistas, dark starlit skies, clear, cold streams, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, visitors can expect to see white tail deer, wild turkey, black bear, and other animals in the vast woodlands. Known for fly fishing, the county’s streams and most lakes are stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Anglers also catch large and small mouth bass, bluegill, crappies, and catfish.

Fishing is permitted in the National Forest, the Walton Tract of the Cowpasture River, the Jackson River North of Lake Moomaw, and the 3-mile Hidden Valley (Poor Farm to Muddy Run) stretch of the Jackson River. Otherwise, fishing on the Cowpasture River and the Jackson River are by landowner permission only.

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