Prince Edward County Fishing
Sandy River Reservoir
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
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.
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.
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.
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
activities: swimming, open air fires, trotlines, littering, sailboats,
alcohol, and fishing tournaments involving prizes.
- 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
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.