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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in VA.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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Virginia offers a range of opportunities for kids to enjoy fishing in urban settings, providing accessible and family-friendly fishing locations. The purpose of this page is to share the basics about taking kids fishing, urban fishing locations and tips to make it fun by keeping it simple. These spots are carefully selected to provide a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for young anglers.

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One popular species for kids to target is the bluegill, a panfish known for its willingness to bite and vibrant colors. Bluegill can be found in various urban fishing locations, including ponds, lakes, and small reservoirs. These feisty fish provide endless entertainment for kids as they eagerly take baited hooks and put up a spirited fight. Bluegill fishing offers a great opportunity for kids to learn the basics of angling, such as casting, hooking, and reeling in fish.

Another popular species for kids to target is the stocked trout. Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries regularly stocks selected urban water bodies with rainbow trout during the cooler months. These urban fishing spots, often found in city parks or designated urban fishing areas, provide a controlled and easily accessible environment for kids to catch trout. Trout fishing introduces kids to the excitement of catching larger fish and allows them to develop their angling skills.

Urban fishing locations in Virginia are carefully managed to provide a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for kids. Many of these locations are equipped with fishing piers, boardwalks, or shoreline access designed to accommodate young anglers. Some spots may also offer amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and restroom facilities, making them ideal for a family outing.

Popular urban fishing locations for kids in Virginia include Dorey Park Lake in Henrico County, Shields Lake in Byrd Park, and Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County. These locations offer convenient access and are regularly stocked with fish species that are particularly appealing to kids.

Participating in kids' fishing events and fishing derbies organized by local organizations or angling clubs is also a great way to introduce children to the joys of fishing. These events often provide additional support, instruction, and a fun, competitive atmosphere for young anglers to enjoy.

Virginia's urban fishing locations provide an excellent opportunity for kids to experience the thrill of fishing without having to venture far from home. With bluegill, trout, and other fish species available in these accessible and family-friendly settings, kids can develop a love for angling and create lasting memories with their families in the heart of Virginia's urban areas.

ishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life, and we encourage you to invest the time in Virginia kids. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

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Places in Virginia to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Old Dominion State.

- Jones Point Park

- Burke Lake Park
- Cameron Run Regional Park
- Great Falls Park
- Lake Accotink Park
- Lake Fairfax Park
- Mason Neck State Park
- Occoquan Regional Park
- Pohick Bay Regional Park

- Beaver Creek Lake Park
- Rivanna Reservoir

- iascund Creek Reservoir

- Lafayette Park
- Lake Whitehurst
- Ocean View Beach Park

- Byrd Park
- James River Park
- Joseph Bryan Park
- Pocahontas State Park

- Western Branch Reservoir

Virginia Beach
- Bayville Farm Park
- City View Park
- False Cape State Park
- First Landing State Park
- Little Island Park
- Mount Trashmore Park
- Munden Point Park

- Powhatan Creek Park

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in VA

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

Click here for additional tips to create a successful day of fishing for kids.

Youngsters with their prized catch

Virginia bass caught by 12-year old Daniel

12-year old Daniel Hollar shows off a monster bass he caught on a buzzbait.


Devin Davis with a nice bass.

VA bass

5-year old Savanna Grogan with her first Bass, and a big smile.

Take a kid fishing and bring your camera! These are a few of the places to take them fishing and get some great pictures.

Kids fishing photo

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

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Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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