Fish Virginia First

Virginia offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the country. Whether you’re a casual angler or a serious expert, Virginia is a great place to cast your line. You’ll find picturesque rivers, lakes and streams, not to mention legendary hospitality in communities that welcome outdoor enthusiasts.

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 Fish Virginia By The Numbers

Fishing Lure


anglers visit Virginia every year

Virginia Lakes


acres of public lakes statewide


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Fish Virginia First1 month ago
The Tackle Box is the name of our free quarterly newsletter. The latest edition is now available. Check it out and find some good ideas for planning your next fishing trip in Virginia.
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Fish Virginia First6 months ago
Our latest e-newsletter is out today. It includes some fun gift ideas for anglers this holiday season. If you don't receive this free NL, visit our website to sign up.
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Fish Virginia First7 months ago
Fall is a beautiful time to spend a day casting a line on your favorite river or lake. Find amazing places like the one shown here at
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Fish Virginia First8 months ago
In our Partner Spotlight today, we introduce you to Nelson County. Located east of the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nelson County has almost every kind of outdoor recreation including excellent fishing on two lakes and four rivers including the mighty James River.
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COVID-19 Statement

All state access points are open. Some facilities or lots may be closed. We cannot stress enough to please check with your local county and city for any additional closures of parks, lakes, or piers. The Fish Virginia First website is not updated with COVID-19 related closures, either on the places to cast or types of fish pages.