Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fishing Cripple Creek - Virginia's Private Trout Water

Cripple Creek is a private trout stream in Rural Retreat, Virginia which offers anglers the opportunity to catch trout weighing 2 lbs and over. The creek is small, only about 3/4 of a mile long, but is stocked daily with rainbow trout. Brook and brown trout are also found in Cripple Creek, although they aren't stocked.

Cripple Creek starts in Smyth county, but it's so close to the county line, that most folks associate it with Wythe County. This portion of the creek is privately owned by Ted Baumgardner and has been open to anglers for about a year now.

So if you want to fish Cripple Creek, you must call Ted or Vanessa and make an appointment. There's also a fee of $50/day per person (no discounts for children). Anglers are allowed to catch and keep 6 trout per day though! Anglers do need a valid Virginia fishing license.

In an effort to help protect the fishery, there is a limit to the number of anglers allowed to fish this creek each day. Although group bookings are accepted.

Once appointments are made, check in time is between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. No fishermen are allowed on the creek before check in time.

There are no guide services offered at Cripple Creek. Anglers are expected to fish on their own.

For more information or to make an appointment to fish Cripple Creek, call Ted or Vanessa at (276) 621-4238.

For more information about private trout waters in Virigina, click here.


  1. Anonymous4:16 PM

    how much is a out of stat license

  2. christian10:10 AM

    I have been to Cripple creek once it was my birth day .I am 14, years old and its still the best trout steam I have ever been to .I have been to 50 or more and its my favorite it is stocked with more citation trout then any creek I have been to the people there are very nice and polite so make the best choice that I did and try this amasing place ...................sincerely: Christian Simmons