Regional Reports-South

Jackson River

Late-winter rains can dictate the number of rainbow trout that run up the Jackson River out of western Virginia's Lake Moomaw. Higher river levels pull an impressive number of five-pound trout far up this scenic river. A three-mile special-regulation section (single-hook artificial lures only) is set aside for anglers more interested in catching than keeping, although two fish over 16 inches can be creeled per day. Try single-hook in-line spinners, Rebel Minnows and Rebel Deep Teeny Wee crayfish crankbaits. Fly-anglers do well with egg patterns, Clouser Minnows, Stimulators and Woolly Buggers. The special-reg section is surrounded by national forest land, but access is limited to a moderate hike along a gentle trail that parallels the river. Contact: Warm Springs District, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest (540-839-2521).