Virginia Trout Slam

by Chris McCotter

The new Virginia Trout Slam initiative, created by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), is an exciting and challenging quest for resident and visiting anglers to catch all three species of trout (brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout) in the same day.

Both stocked fish and wild fish can count toward the slam, but catching all three in a wild trout stream is the ultimate trifecta. Virginia has more than 3,500 miles of trout streams in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes, and reservoirs with trout.

Chasing the slam not only offers a new challenge to anglers, but also promotes some of Virginia’s lesser-known trout fisheries. It adds adventure to a fishing trip by encouraging the angler to explore new streams in an attempt to complete the slam. For anglers planning a strategy to target all three species in one day, the DGIF website has lots of information, including interactive maps, on where to find each species of trout at

Once anglers complete the slam, they are encouraged to submit their catch to the DGIF Trophy Fish Program. Fish do not need to be trophy or citation size to be counted as part of the slam. All anglers successfully completing the Trout Slam will receive a commemorative #vatroutslam sticker. They’re also encouraged to share photos of their catches on social media with the hashtag #vatroutslam.

The official launch of the Virginia Trout Slam Challenge begins February 28, but anglers are encouraged to sign up for the early bird launch. Not only will they be the first to see the Virginia Trout Slam website, but they will also be entered into a raffle with a chance to win great prizes, including an Orvis fly rod, a custom trout slam flybox, or a DGIF store prize pack.

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