Trout Hike – South River Trout Fishing (VA – Ridgeview Park)

I was the first guy to roll into Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on November 6. This was a day or two after stocking, and I intended to visit the delayed harvest area based on a recommendation from Mossy Creek fly fishing. Since I had the entire day to focus on Waynesboro, I decided to check out all the available venues.

Ridgeview Park is…. a park. In addition to the fields and picnic tables, it also features a decent stretch of the South River. The river runs straight through the park with no twists and turns, making the construction of the improved banks challenging. At the eastern end of the park, the river bumps against a well-constructed stone bank, which allows fishermen access to the river without even getting their feet muddy or wet. West of the bridge that is the landmark that anchors the park, the river becomes deeper and more obstructed on the banks.

There’s a thick band of vegetation west of the bridge that limits access. In addition, the river is deep next to the bank here, which makes wading challenging. As you can see from the pictures, the river is exceptionally wide, giving plenty of room to roam for whatever fish are here. I assume that this venue gets a significant portion of all of the stocked fish destined for the South River, given its easy access and ability to serve more people. After all, you do not need to wade or break through brush to get access to this stretch of water.

I did not give this much time — and only spent an hour here before moving on to the delayed harvest area. But it was enough to convince me that this is not worth a return and unless you are bringing your family for a day that merely included fishing rather than fishing being the purpose of the trip. I did not catch anything here, but I didn’t try very hard either. I waded up the middle on the east end of the bridge, flipping streamers and a few dry fly patterns at the likely-looking spots.

I chatted with another fisherman who showed up around half an hour after I arrived, and he said that most of fish had already been cleaned out since stocking was a few days ago. He was hopeful to catch any holdovers that were still here. After that conversation, I moved west of the bridge where I discovered that it was just too deep to wade. The thick brush blocked effective backcasts and my rollcast does not go very far yet, so I decided to move on.

South River Trout Fishing Bottom line: A good place for a family picnic, a bad place for a dedicated fisherman. East of the bridge is actually a good place to teach someone how to fish. The easy access and broad, unobstructed river were provide the perfect spot to teach fly fishing.  In fact, I believe this is the venue for the big Waynesboro fishing show that occurs every summer and includes on-site instruction.

Getting There: Take exit 94 off of I64 towards Waynesboro.  Turn right on 13th Street followed by a right on South Magnolia.  Follow it to the park.

Google Local Coordinates: 38.064987,-78.907156

Secrets Revealed?  No.  This is a very public location that is documented in the Virginia VDGIF stocking plan and in the Flyfisher’s Guide to Virginia 

Date Fished: 11/6/2008

Downstream from the middle of the park

Upstream from the middle of the park

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Downstream from western end point

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Back to bridge from western end point

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Articles on this site are out of date since some go back to 2006. Regulations and property ownership may have changed since publication. It is your responsibility to know and obey all regulations and not trespass on private property.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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