Fishing in Virginia

Did you know? Virginia’s tidal waters are home to world-class blue catfish angling. Purchase your fishing license today, and go fishing to a spot near you.

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Top Fishing Spots in Virginia

Bear Creek Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake is less than an hour west of Richmond. It's the perfect getaway for the outdoor enthusiast.
Pocahontas Lake State Park
Located 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the park offers boating, picnicking, camping, cabins, and hiking.
Lake Anna State Park
Lake Anna in Lake Anna State Park is well-known for its largemouth bass, crappie and bream populations.
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Common Catches in Virginia

Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
The yellowfin tuna is highly esteemed both as a sport fish and as table fare.
Tautog
Tautog
The tog is a member of the wrasse family which, with 450 species in 60 known genera, is one of the largest families of fishes.
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish mackerel are a good food fish and although they are considered large at 10 lb. (4.53 kg) some record specimens will grow to more that twice that size.
Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
The yellow perch, unlike the so-called white perch, Morone americana, is a true perch, not a bass.
Redbreast Sunfish
Redbreast Sunfish
The redbreast sunfish is an excellent panfish and a scrappy fighter.
Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel
All members of the genus Esox look very much alike. The chain pickerel can be recognized by its markings.

Types of Fishing in Virginia

Streams & Rivers

Streams & Rivers

River & stream fishing means knowing where the water is moving, and how fish behave in it.

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Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds are great places for fish to live. Learn where to find fish, tips and more

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