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                        Prince Edward County Fishing
                                                                      Sandy River Reservoir
 "Sandy River Reservoir is a 740-acre water supply impoundment located slightly east of the town of Farmville in Prince Edward County. Sandy River Reservoir is one of the newest lakes in Virginia with construction completed in 1994 and fishing opened in 1996. The reservoir was built and is owned by the county of Prince Edward with fisheries management responsibilities belonging to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Sandy River Reservoir is a beautiful resource located in the rolling hills of the piedmont in south-central Virginia. Two large areas of standing timber were left in the lake at construction to provide fish habitat structure. To supplement existing fish habitat in the reservoir, department personnel and the county have placed used Christmas trees and hinge shoreline trees to provide additional spots for anglers to concentrate their fishing effort.

This reservoir boasts one of the best sportfish assemblages in the piedmont. The lake supports excellent fisheries for largemouth bass, black crappie, redear sunfish, and an ever-improving channel catfish fishery. Other species to note include bluegill and chain pickerel.

You can try your luck at Sandy River Reservoir by traveling east on 460 from Farmville and turning south on Route 640. Take the first left after turning on Route 640 and follow this road straight to the boat ramp. " - Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries.

Sandy River Reservoir - Regulations

  • Largemouth bass - 14-20 inch slot, 5 per days, only 2 greater than 20 inches
  • Sunfish - no size limit, 50 per day
  • Crappie - no size limit, 25 per day
  • Channel catfish - no size limit, 20 per day
Outboard motor use restricted to 10 hp or less.

The following are prohibited on this property: swimming, open air fires, trotlines, littering, sailboats, jetskis, tournaments involving prizes.



                                                                            Briery Creek Lake


"Briery Creek Lake is an 845-acre lake that is owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is within the Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area in Prince Edward County. The dam was completed in 1986 and the lake was open to fishing in 1989. In 1986 and 1987 the lake was stocked with Florida strain largemouth bass, northern strain largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (also known as shellcrackers), channel catfish, and crappie. Timber in the floodplain was left standing or felled and drumchopped resulting in an abundance of fish habitat. Biologists hoped that the presence of Florida-strain bass and the complex habitat would produce a high quality largemouth bass fishery.

Initially, the largemouth bass regulation was an 18-inch minimum length and two fish per day creel limit. Early production of largemouth bass was excellent and in 1991, this regulation was changed to a 12-15 inch protected slot limit (5 per day) to allow anglers to harvest the abundant smaller bass. Briery Creek Lake quickly began producing trophy largemouth bass and recognized as one of the state's premier bass fisheries. To help protect this fishery, the regulation was changed to a 14, 24 inch protected slot limit on January 1, 2001. The daily bag limit is still five bass per day, but only one may be longer than 24 inches."

-Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries.


Briery Creek Lake - Regulations

Trophy Largemouth Bass Regulation

  • 14-24 inch protected slot limit
  • 5 fish per day creel limit
  • No Bass may be retained between 14 and 24 inches
  • Only one bass longer than 24 inches may be retained

Statewide fishing regulations apply for all other fish species.


  • Outboard motor use restricted to 10 horsepower or less
  • Prohibited activities: swimming, open air fires, trotlines, littering, sailboats, alcohol, and fishing tournaments involving prizes.

Fishing Hours

  • Fishing from a boat: 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
  • Fishing from the shore: Open to fishing 24 hours per day



                                                                                          Twin Lakes State Park



"Prince Edward and Goodwin are two Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation lakes that are the main features of Twin Lake State Park located in Prince Edward County. The park offers campgrounds, cabins, boat ramps, rentals, and swimming. Some fish structures have been built in an effort to concentrate fish for anglers. Grass carp have been stocked to control aquatic vegetation. Both lakes have sunfish, largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. The area is excellent for family outings. Sampling indicates that largemouth bass sizes are small and numbers relatively high. This population structure lends itself well to anglers who are interested in catching high numbers of bass as opposed to a few larger fish. The largemouth bass population in both lakes is being managed with a 12-16 inch slot limit to try to increase the numbers of quality bass in the lake.

For park information call 434-392-3435" - Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries.