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Let's Go Fishing

Ponds, lakes, streams, and, of course, the Rappahannock River—there are lots of places to drop a line in the area. Whether you’re new to fishing or want to wade back in, we have suggestions on where to fish locally and books that will help you get your lines cast and your lures tied.

Where to Go Locally

The Rappahannock River
The Rappahannock flows through all of the counties in our service region. Below the fall line (Fredericksburg) look for white perch, largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, yellow perch, channel catfish, and blue catfish. Above the falls, look for herring, shad and striped bass in the spring as well as small mouth bass and redbreast sunfish.


Abel Resevoir
Kellogg Mill Road (Route 651)
Fish to find: chain pickerel, crappie, bluegills, catfish, and a few largemouth bass. Small fee. Call (540) 752-5632 for more information.

Curtis Memorial County Park: Lake Curtis Fish to find: largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish State license required. Parking fee of $3.50 on weekends and holidays for non-residents; residents are free. 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Stafford, VA

Falmouth Waterfront Park
River Road, Falmouth, VA
Located across the Rappahannock River from the city's Old Mill Park near the Falmouth historic district.


Boy setting a hookCity Dock
Located at the end of Sophia Street, just past the railroad tracks. Public fishing is permitted, and there is also a boat ramp.

Mott's Run Reservoir
Bring your own boat (electric motors only) to launch on the lake, or fish from the banks. A fee is charged for fishing and boat launching. The park has jon boats and canoes available for rental, picnic grills and tables, and over four miles of hiking trails. 6600 River Rd, Fredericksburg, VA

Old Cossey Pond
Off Kenmore Avenue next the dog park, there’s a terrific little place to try for trout. Stocked by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, it’s a great place for beginners to try their hand at fishing. Bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish may also be available. Children under age 16 need no license. Anglers over 16 need a trout license in addition to a general fishing license to fish for trout. Call the Fisheries Division at 899-4169 for more information.

Old Mill Park
Picnic shelters, outdoor grills, and playground. Nature preserve, trails, waterfront, boating access, fishing. This park runs along side the Rappahannock River. 2401 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Lake Anna State Park
Fees: $2.50 per car, $4.50 boat launch; swimming, $2 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 3-12, children under 3 admitted free. Season passes available. 6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania, VA

Ni Reservoir
Fish to find: channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegills, and crappie. Has a concrete ramp, a concession, and boat rentals. From I-95 north, take Route 3 west to Route 627 south. For more information, contact the Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 898-7529, or call the concession at (540) 786-2284.

Westmoreland County

Gardy’s Mill Pond
Along the Westmoreland/Northumberland County line. Largemouth bass, bluegills, and others.

Chandler’s Mill Pond
Privately owned, but open to public fishing through an agreement with the VDGIF. Fish to find: bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, redbreast sunfish, flyer, redfin pickerel, and gizzard shad.

Try the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries site for a list of other lakes and rivers to fish in the Old Dominion.

Where to Get a Fishing License

Now that you’ve picked out the spot, it’s time to get the all important license. You can do it online, or check out these vendors in Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Westmoreland County.

Got it all planned? Before heading out, grab one of these prizes from our Joys of Fishing Booklist for good reading while waiting for the fish to bite.