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. 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

City 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, 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 in Stafford County

Check Stafford County's Tourism site, opens a new window for where to go fishing in Stafford.

Where to Go Fishing in Spotsylvania County

Spotsylvania County's Tourism site has listings of good fishing spots., opens a new window

Where to Go Fishing in Westmoreland County

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

Westmoreland State Park Fishing Pier, opens a new window
Anglers fishing this pier often catch croaker, spot, white perch, and striped bass. The site is also a good spot for crabbing. The Park offers restroom facilities and a snack bar (seasonal). Check site for additional information. Park entry fee and appropriate licenses (including saltwater) required.

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.