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Trout/Bass - Hone Quarry Lake (VA)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You won't need a high clearance vehicle to reach Hone Quarry lake. The asphalt road leads all the way up to the campground and then turns into a smooth and well maintained gravel road for the remainder of the trip.

The final pitch up the hill is steep as you you grind past a high, red dirt bank on the right. Continue past the first turnoff at the head of the lake and go down the hill. The unimproved boat launch is on the left of a small and well maintained lake that is part of the stocked trout program.

During the stocking season, it would be a good place to drop a pontoon or a canoe into the water. Since the lake is small, it would be easy the entire body of water in a short period of time. The far bank is closed off by a steep hillside and the remainder of the shoreline is accessible - although it does turn marshy at the northern end of the lake.

If you continue to follow the road farther into the national forest, it gets rougher and rougher and absolutely requires a high clearance vehicle. You can follow the road to where the input stream crosses and confirm for yourself that the stream is not fishable. In the summer, the stream dries up and all you can see is the barren streambed.

Bottom Line: I'm sure this is a good place to go during stocking season when the lake is loaded up with trout. The good access from three sides makes this easy enough fish from the bank although a pontoon boat, small kayak or canoe that you could quickly throw into the lake would be ideal.

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Secrets Revealed?  No.  This is a very public location that is documented in the following places:

Virginia VDGIF
Flyfisher's Guide to Virginia 

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Date Fished: 9/14/2010

Pressure Trout Size
Physical Fitness Bass Size Unk
Access Regulations
Hard to Find Stocking
Scenery Overall

Remember to refer to my rating explanations - these are based on what I look for - so RED for Physical Fitness translates to easy physically - you do not need to be in shape to fish this section.  I prefer terrain that is tough to get into and out of.

Getting There: From Harrisonburg, VA, take US 33 west.  Turn left onto SR 613.  Turn right on SR 731 with a right on SR 257.  Look for Hone Quarry Road and make the final right on it to get to the lake.

No water in the stream feeding the lake

View south back to the lake

Canoe launch

Closer view of lake

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