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Best Virginia Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in VA.

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Gaston, Smith Mountain Lake and South Holston Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Virginia, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Claytor Lake, VA
  • Kerr Reservoir, VA
  • Lake Anna, VA
  • Lake Chesdin, VA
  • Lake Gaston, VA
  • Leesville Reservoir, VA
  • Smith Mountain Lake, VA
  • South Holston Lake, VA
  • Western Branch Reservoir, VA
Best Bass Lakes

Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake and Western Branch Reservoir are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake and Western Branch Lake are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Gaston, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Gaston, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake and Western Branch Reservoir are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Gaston, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake and Western Branch Reservoir are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

South Holston Lake is a favorite lake for rainbow, brook and brown. More...

Top Striper Lakes

Claytor Lake, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Gaston, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake and Western Branch Reservoir are the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Virginia fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Virginia map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in VA at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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