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    Within an hour’s drive anywhere in the Commonwealth anglers can find excellent bank, pier and boat fishing.


    Virginia has more than 2,800 miles of trout streams, in addition to numerous ponds, small lakes and reservoirs. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries stocks trout in designated stocked trout waters from fall through spring, but experienced trout anglers can find good fishing opportunities year round. Try fly fishing.

    Lakes and Rivers

    Tackle bass and sunfish and many other species in one of our public fishing lakes. Visit one of our many scenic rivers for fantastic smallmouth fishing or cast for a monster catfish. Virginia currently holds the IGFA World Record blue catfish caught in Bugg’s Island Lake.

    Tidal Waters

    Virginia’s tidal waters are home to world class blue catfish angling and offer a destination for some of the most prized shallow water angling for striped bass and flounder fishing on the East Coast.

    Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

    Come and enjoy some of the best cobia, croaker, drum, flounder and striped bass fishing on the East Coast.

    Charter a boat for amazing blue water fishing for marlin, tuna, dolphin and more.

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  • Outdoor Experiences

    June 22nd, 2016
      The Appalachian Trail courses 550 miles amidst Virginia’s mountains, passing through Virginia’s rich array of public ...
    June 16th, 2016
      Virginia is blessed with paddling waters aplenty — slow moving blackwater streams drifting into the Atlantic ...
    June 16th, 2016
      There are hundreds of trails throughout Virginia that lead to gorgeous views, waterfalls, and other “payoffs” that ...
    June 13th, 2016
      You may have tons of ideas for where to hike and camp in Virginia, but do you know what to do when you get . . .
    June 8th, 2016
      Canoe or kayak camping is a great way to enhance your Virginia paddling experience, to spend more time in the watery ...
    June 7th, 2016
      Shenandoah National Park is the scenic mountain haven of the Mid-Atlantic, the glittering jewel in the crown of the ...
    June 6th, 2016
      We all enjoy the pleasant dinner and a movie date from time to time, but that can get about as stale as the popcorn . ...
    June 3rd, 2016
      There is something innately relaxing about dining beside the water. Whether it’s a river, lake, bay, or ocean, ...
    June 1st, 2016
      There’s something special about camping along Virginia’s coast — the smell of salt air, the waves lapping you ...
    May 26th, 2016
      The heat is steadily rising now that summer is on the way, and outdoor trail adventures become less bearable as the ...

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