Regional Reports-South

Anglers yearning for an early spring dinner of fresh-caught trout should grab their tackle and head for¿¿¿the city? That's right. Virginia's Urban Fishing Program offers trout fishing close to home for thousands of Virginians. Six bodies of water, some located smack in the middle of bustling cities, are stocked twice a month with rainbow and brown trout from November through April. Cook Lake in Alexandria and Locust Shade Pond in Prince William County are in northern Virginia. Dorey Park Lake is in Henrico County near Richmond, and Shields Lake is within the city of Richmond. Biggins Lake is located within Newport News, and Northwest River Pond is located on the outskirts of Chesapeake. All of the lakes offer ample bank-fishing. Berkley Power Bait, corn, spinners and Rebel's Teeny Wee Crawfish work well. Contact: John Odenkirk, biologist, Virginia DGIF (540-899-4169).