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. Try the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries site for a list of other lakes and rivers to fish in the Old Dominion.
The Rappahannock River, Tidal
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 smallmouth bass and redbreast sunfish.
Where to Go Fishing Locally in Fredericksburg City
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, 6600 River Rd
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.
Old Cossey Pond
Off Kenmore Avenue next to 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.
Old Mill Park, 2401 Caroline Street
Picnic shelters, outdoor grills, and playground. Nature preserve, trails, waterfront, boating access, fishing. This park runs alongside the Rappahannock River.
Where to Go Fishing Locally in Stafford County
Abel Reservoir, Kellogg Mill Road (Route 651)
Fish to find include the chain pickerel, crappie, bluegills, catfish, and a few largemouth bass. Small fee.
Curtis Memorial County Park: Lake Curtis, 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Stafford, VA
Fish to find include the largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish State license required. Parking fee of $3.50 on weekends and holidays for non-residents; residents are free.
Falmouth Waterfront Park, River Road, Falmouth, VA
Located across the Rappahannock River from the city's Old Mill Park near the Falmouth historic district.
Where to Go Fishing Locally in Spotsylvania County
Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania, VA
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.
Fish to find include the 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.
Where to Go Fishing Locally in 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 include the bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, channel catfish, black crappie, redbreast sunfish, flyer, redfin pickerel, and gizzard shad.