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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, white perch, striped bass and saugeye at Lake Chesdin in Virginia.

Lake Chesdin, VA

Ideal for water skiing, boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing, Lake Chesdin offers fun for the whole family. The lake covers 3,100 acres in the east-central part of Virginia, at Petersburg.

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Lake Chesdin, in Virginia, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene and productive angling experience. The lake is known for its diverse fish populations, making it a haven for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Lake Chesdin is the largemouth bass. This warm-water fish thrives in the lake's habitat, and anglers can find bass of various sizes throughout the year. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, boat docks, and drop-offs, provide ideal feeding and hiding spots for bass. Spring and fall are particularly productive seasons for bass fishing, as the fish are more active and readily bite on a variety of lures and baits. Anglers can also target other popular species such as crappie, bluegill, and catfish in Lake Chesdin.

Lake Chesdin offers a combination of natural beauty, abundant fish species, and recreational activities, making it an attractive destination for anglers, boaters, and campers alike. Whether casting for largemouth bass, enjoying a peaceful boat ride, or spending a night under the stars, Lake Chesdin provides a memorable fishing and outdoor experience in the heart of Virginia.

Anglers in a boat can explore over 340 miles of shoreline - some of which is accessible for fishing from bank. There is a fishing pier as well. Fishing enthusiasts are drawn here for bass and crappie, but the lake also has catfish, saugeye, walleye, stripers, and numerous sunfish species. Local VA fishing guides offer trips with all gear provided. There are several boat launch ramps, including one with no fee near the dam. Petersburg and West Petersburg are just a few miles from the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Chesdin

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redear Sunfish White Perch Striped bass Saugeye

Lake Chesdin Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Chesdin, with its expansive size and calm waters providing ample opportunities for watercraft enthusiasts. Anglers can take advantage of their boats to explore different areas of the lake and find the best fishing spots. Whether it's casting from a bass boat, trolling from a pontoon, or simply enjoying a leisurely boat ride, boating enhances the fishing experience on Lake Chesdin.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Chesdin Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off State Route 776, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Lake Chesdin Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off State Route 623, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Lake Chesdin Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Lake Chesdin Parkway, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Whippernock Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Sutherland Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Whippernock Marina
2700 Sutherland Rd
Sutherland, VA 23885
804 265-5252

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Camping is not available directly at Lake Chesdin, but there are nearby campgrounds and recreational areas where anglers can set up camp and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Pocahontas State Park and other nearby campgrounds offer amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and access to the lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and maximize their time on the water.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Chesdin Campground - 804 265-9000

Lake Chesdin VA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Chesdin
Lake Chesdin Campground
713 Sutherland Rd
Church Rd, VA 23833
804 265-9000


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