Freshwater Fishing In Northern Virginia

by De Ashton
(Woodbridge, Virginia)

Freshwater Fishing in Northern Virginia - Interested in freshwater fishing in Northern Virginia? The boys are out fishing the Occoquan Reservoir this morning and would do it every morning if school did not interfere with their favorite summer activity!

It's been a long time since I have personally been fishing but there was a time when it was a regular pastime.

Back then, 'twas all about location, location.

I was lucky enough to be able to fish European and Balkan rivers, cast a line from the edge of a mountain stream in Asia and send my lures flying into the surf off an African shoreline. It does not even take into account fishing Lake Huron off Manitoulin Island for walleye or some beautiful and smaller Canadian lakes for pike and lake trout.

In fact, if you are interested in some serious freshwater fishing for salmon, walleye and trout, Eric Geary of SWAT Fishing is the man to talk to about fishing the Salmon River in upstate New York.

Freshwater Fishing In Northern Virginia: Prince William County Hot Spots

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As Woodbridge, Virginia resident, imagine being able to fish in what is basically our back yard!

Any weekend...or after work during the summer?

Residents who live in the Lake Ridge area can find everything they need for a morning of fishing at the Lake Ridge Park marina. We can fish the Occoquan or the Potomac River and many of the local tributaries such as Powell's, Pohick and Neabsco Creeks .

Don't forget Quantico Creek. We enjoy hiking along the Quantico in Prince William Forest Park and looking for tadpoles but downstream, you can catch fish.

There is also some serious fishing going on at Leesylvania State Park.

Fish off the pier in tidal waters and catch large mouth bass. I've seen some sizeable catfish there as well.

There is a launch ramp into Powell's Creek for small boats. You will need to consider park fees above and beyond licensing fees.

Regardless of whether you want to fish off the bank in your sneakers, wade in a little deeper in your hip boots or prefer fishing from your boat, Virginia residents need a license (there are specific residency qualifications so be sure to check).

Imagine fishing off this pier in the Chesapeake Bay!

Virginia Fishing License Information and Fees

NOAA Tide Predictions For The Potomac River

Do you have a favorite fishing spot along the Occoquan?

Or is it along Belmont Bay?

There's a big weekend coming up and vacations are in the planning stages.

We're packing up the fishing gear to take up north for some pike fishing.

What are your fishing plans?

Check out the list of local fishing hot spots from the Discover Prince William County website.

 Guide To Fishing Spots Virginia Fishing Guide Virginia Fishing Guide Fishing Eastern Virginia Waters

The video below is full of hints and tips for fishing the Potomac River and an area of Pohick Bay. There is plenty of freshwater fishing in Northern Virginia!

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