Low stream flows and warm waters have prompted a closure on all rivers and streams in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to fishing.
Dry conditions have led to extremely low stream flows throughout the park, including some river sections that are completely dry, a park release said. Under low-flow conditions, high water temperatures occur with hot weather and dissolved oxygen levels go down, which are stressful and potentially fatal for fish.
Angling during these conditions could harm the native brook trout populations. This closure is for all streams including both open-to-harvest and catch-and-release waters. The closure will be lifted when stream conditions improve. Stream flows are expected to remain low until significant precipitation occurs across the area.