Freshwater fishing is permitted from the ADA-accessible canoe and kayak dock located within the public use area along Powell Creek. Bank fishing is prohibited. Various species of bass, perch, shiners, shad, sunfish, and catfish are common within the portion of the James River watershed that includes the refuge. The refuge has also been identified as suitable spawning and nursing sites for bridle shiner, alewife, American shad, blueback herring, gizzard shad, hickory shad, and striped bass. We allow fishing only by use of one or more attended poles with hook and line attached. We prohibit all other fishing methods and means. The use of lead fishing tackle is also prohibited. The use of boats propelled by gasoline motors, sail, or mechanically operated paddle wheel are prohibited while fishing.
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