Virginia Fishing and Boating

Given the freshwater and saltwater options, boating and fishing in Virginia is ideal for those who prefer a variety of experiences. Find the resources you need in this section to get started. Learn more about Virginia fishing licenses and boat registrations.


Virginia Fishing

Get started fishing in Virginia right now, you can easily purchase your fishing license online here.

Get a Virginia Fishing License

Buying a fishing license is the first & most important step for any angler. Get more information.

Virginia Boating

Get started boating in Virginia, get more boating resources, take a boater’s safety course.

Register A Boat In Virginia

Registering your boat is easier than you think. Get information about how to register your boat.

Fishing and Boating Events in Virginia


Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery

8:45 AM to 1:30 PM (Fishing ends at noon) Free catch and release fishing for catfish youth under the age of 16. Bait provided.  Loaner rods are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Free lunch of hotdogs, chips, an...

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