Virginia is an amazingly lush state that has many rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs that provide fresh water fishing. Virginia also has a great coast line and offshore areas that have excellent saltwater fishing.
Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay along the estuaries of the James River, the York River and Rappahannock River are some of the greatest cod fishing in the area. As the fish move in and out of the bay they pass through this area and feed on the food that is brought down from the rivers into the bay. To read more about deep sea fishing click here.
The North Fork Shenandoah is a great river to fish. It is peaceful and pretty, fast in some spots and slow in other places. It is a great river to fly fish, especially in the fall and spring. Fly fishing is wonderful here. If you want to learn more about fly fishing click here.
Virginia’s largest body of water is the John H. Kerr reservoir. This lake was formed by damming the Roanoke River. This big body of water is home to some great fishing for several species including bass, crappie, and catfish. If you want to read more about bass fishing click here.
Smith Mountain Lake is another large reservoir on the Roanoke. There are several rivers that feed into the lake, including the black water river. There are many species living in this lake and the fishing is wonderful. The lake has many coves and fingers where fish thrive
Claytor Lake was formed by damming up the New River which flows through the southwest part of the state. Claytor is smaller than some of the other bodies of water, but there are lots of fish and very pretty country. The lake has lots of cover on the bottom to support a good population of bait fish and therefore a good population of game fish.