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Virginia Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
April 20 2024


Virginia Fishing Areas


Virginia is a diverse state with a wide range of freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities. The state is home to popular angling destinations such as the Chesapeake Bay, the James River, and the Shenandoah River. These areas provide excellent fishing for a variety of species including striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, and panfish.

The best times of year to fish in Virginia vary depending on the species and the location. Generally, spring and fall are the most popular times for freshwater fishing, while summer is the best time for saltwater fishing. Average seasonal temperatures range from the mid-30s in winter to the mid-80s in summer.

For freshwater fishing, anglers should bring a variety of bait and lures including live bait, worms, jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. For saltwater fishing, popular bait and lures include live bait, cut bait, jigs, and soft plastics.

Interesting fishing facts about Virginia include the state record for the largest blue catfish caught, weighing in at 143 pounds and the state's designation as the "Bass Capital of the World" due to its abundant bass fishing opportunities. Additionally, the state has a "free fishing day" where fishing licenses are not required, typically held in June.

Location State Fish Habitat
Anacostia River
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie
Bark Camp Recreation Area
Virginia
Batzell Boat Launch
Virginia
Bealers Ferry Boat Launch
Virginia
Bealers Ferry Pond Accessible Fishing Site
Virginia
Boundary Channel
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Walleye
Braley Pond Day Use Area
Virginia
Briery Branch Day Use Area
Virginia
Cherokee Flats Day Use Area
Virginia
Elkhorn Lake Day Use Area
Virginia
Georgetown Channel
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Walleye
Lake Keokee Day Use Area
Virginia
Moody Boat Launch
Virginia
Oxon Creek
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Walleye
Oxon Run
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Walleye
Roaches Run
Virginia Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Walleye
Spillway
Virginia
Staunton Dam Day Use Area
Virginia
Tomahawk Pond Day Use Area
Virginia
White Sulphur Pond
Virginia Rainbow Trout

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