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SEEKING TROUT? NO NEED TO HEAD OFF TO THE MOUNTAINS
There's some good trout fishing surprisingly close to the 'Burg

 These trout came from Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg.
RUSTY DEnNEN/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 10/3/2010

By RUSTY DENNEN

Ah, trout fishing. Pack up the gear and head to the mountains, right?

Not necessarily.

There are closer destinations--in Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Prince William, Caroline and Fauquier.

After you're tried those, you can head west to the Blue Ridge.

Here are a couple of options:

Cossey Pond, off Kenmore Avenue in Fredericksburg, is one stop on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' urban trout-fishing program. It's stocked twice--usually in October and February--with catch- able-size rainbow, brown and brook trout. The limit is four per day. A freshwater fishing license and trout stamp are required.

Locust Shade Park pond in Prince William County and Cook Lake in Alexandria also are stocked under the program.

Thompson Pond in G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County is stocked six times, between Oct. 1 and May 30. Check online for information: dgif.virginia.gov/wmas/detail.asp?pid=31.

On Quantico Marine Corps Base, Chopawamsic Creek below Breckenridge Reservoir and Secon Pond are stocked between Oct. 1 and May 30. A state fishing license and trout stamp, along with a base fishing license, are required. For more information, call the base at 703/432-6777.

Rainbow trout are stocked between January and April in Beaver Dam and Buzzards Roost ponds on Fort A.P. Hill. A base fishing permit and state trout permit are required, along with a state fishing license. Contact the Game Check Station at 804/ 633-8244, or the Natural Resources Office at 804/ 633-8750.