Fairfax County, Virginia


Dan Grulke,
FCPA Fishing Coordinator

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Thank you for taking the time to visit the Park Authority’s Fishing Home Page!

We hope you will explore the content and find all you need to know about fishing in Fairfax County.  

Click the links below to read fishing articles written by experienced anglers in the area and learn all the tips and secrets to maximize your fishing success. Be on the lookout every month for new fishing articles and tips that will help you become the angler you have always wanted to be!

Here you will find information on all the lakes and ponds in which to fish in Fairfax County, where to pick your spot, and how to submit your catch to our photo gallery!

Need help identifying a fish? Head on over to our fish identification and find out exactly what you caught, and then share your catch on our bragging board for everyone to enjoy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Park Authority Fishing Coordinator Dan Grulke. Please allow three days for us to respond.

Fishing Accessibility Brochure

Fishing Articles

Fairfax County lakes offer a variety of species from bass to bluegill. These fish have preferences, so you may need to choose specific baits to entice the fish you are trying to catch. Using basic tackle and techniques, here are a few tips and tricks on targeting specific fish.

By Jordan Jenkins.

As the cooler weather comes along, some people may think fishing in Fairfax County is over, but the bite is just getting started! Fall is one of the best times of the year to get out on the water and catch some fish. In the fall, it is common for fish to begin stocking up and feeding more so they can get nice and big before the winter. Before getting out on the water in the fall months, there’s a few tips and tricks to the trade that can help you make fall your favorite fishing season.

Fishing for Future Generations

Fishing for Future Generations

Fishing is a sport that everyone can participate in and brings many people pleasure. Fish is also one of the healthiest dinners people may choose to eat. Our fisheries are not a finite resource, so we must learn to protect them to ensure that future generations may enjoy the sport. Here are a couple of tips to follow that will help each angler be a steward of the angling community.

The Fishing Season is Finally Back
Dust off your tackle box and take the tags off that brand-new fishing pole you got during the holidays because warmer weather is on the horizon and with it comes the early spring fishing season!
Trout is the common name for fish belonging to the genera Oncorhynchus, Salmo, Salvelinus, as well as the subfamily Salmoninae of the family Salmonidae. The most popular species that you can find in Virginia are the rainbow trout, brown trout or the brook trout.

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Bragging Board

Browse through the different slideshow photos below. 


Please submit your fish pictures, whether big or small, by Thursday evening for consideration to be included on our bragging board.

Burke Lake Electro-Fishing Survey



  • Dan Grulke - Lake Accotink Park
  • Jordan Jenkins - Lake Accotink Park
  • Jordan Libera - Riverbend Park
  • John Lipetz - Fish and Explore (FCPA-approved vendor)
  • Daston Sarmadi - Lake Fairfax Park
  • Public Information Office Staff
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