New/Updated Fishing Regulations

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Written by Anthony Morelli

On June 28, 2018

During the three (3) most recent Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) electro shock fish population surveys (2009, 2014 and 2017), Lake Holiday has experienced a significant reduction in the number of smallmouth bass counted through this process.  The VDGIF survey showed that smallmouth comprised 50% of our bass population in 2009, population totals declined to 29% in 2014, and during the 2017 survey the total fell to 6%.  Several factors have affected the habitat/success of the smallmouth population, including the 10’-12’ lake drawdown during dam construction and introduction of sterile grass carp.  These events impacted the spawning areas and eliminated a majority of the vegetation/grass necessary for young of the year class smallmouth to find cover from predators.  An additional factor is the maturing/mortality rates (10-12 years old) associated with our older/larger smallmouth population.

With the above issues as a backdrop, the Lake Committee, in conjunction with VDGIF and the Board, have developed Lake Holiday-specific Fishing Regulations  section (PRP 3: Section H).  Our primary objective in developing these rules is to protect the health and future of the fish population in the lake.

These regulations are part of a multi-faceted approach to protect and enhance all aspects of our fishery, including stocking, creation/placement of artificial habitat, and oversight of fishing tournaments at Lake Holiday.  New signage will be posted at the marina and dam with Lake Holiday’s Creel Limits (all bass species are Catch-and-Release Only), Virginia fishing license requirements, and an overview of Lake Holiday’s Boating Rules.

Thank you in advance for your help in protecting the health and future of Lake Holiday’s fish population and we ask that all persons fishing the lake, read and comply with PRP 3: Section H which should be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the approved recommendations from the Lake Committee.  Click here for:  Important Documents

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