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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

Lake Orange
The lake is accessed on the western side where the boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic facilities and plenty of great shoreline access can be found.
Lake Anna
An hour south of D.C., this popular lake is home to more than 30 fish species.
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.

Virginia Fishing Tips And Information

River Fishing Tips & Techniques

River Fishing

Get fishing tips, techniques and more to enjoy the best freshwater fishing in rivers.

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Lakes & Ponds for Freshwater Fishing

Fishing Lakes and Ponds

Learn the importance of structures for the best freshwater fishing in lakes and ponds.

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