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Dan Grulke
FCPA Fishing Coordinator

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Free Fishing Pole Rentals

Our waterfront parks are now featuring free fishing pole rods for rent at Burke Lake Park, Lake Accotink Park, Lake Fairfax Park and Riverbend Park. Rentals are available during office business hours. Please call the site for rental times and availability.

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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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Free Rod Rental Program Q&A

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


Free Rod Rental Program Q&A

New Free Rod Rental Program sponsored by Fairfax County Park Authority, Virginia DWR, and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

No but we would like you to answer a short survey so the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources can make changes to programs they offer. Worms and bait do have a nominal fee.

The survey is used so that the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources can see what new programs are needed, what programs need to be modified, and how they can better serve our community.

Not unless you would like to be contacted. There is an opt out box to be contacted or not contacted. 

Special programs coming up, free fishing days, events and programs offered through VDWR and wildlife information, to name a few.

The program is only available during normal operating hours at Burke Lake Park, Riverbend Park, Lake Fairfax Park (spring 2023), and Lake Accotink Park (spring 2023).

No, they are first-come-first-serve. Each site has eight rods/reels and tackle.

It is not required but the information is used to improve this program and other programs.

No, it is only permissible to use at the location you rented it from.

There is no time limit, but we recommend less than 4 hours, so that others can enjoy the same opportunity.

We recommend one rod per person and up to three rods for family units of four or more.

No, you are not. We ask that you be respectful of the equipment and take care of it, but we realize that accidents happen, and that losing tackle is part of the fishing experience. If we take care of the equipment, more people will be provided the same opportunity as you.

If you are over 16 years  old you will need to purchase the appropriate fishing license. They can be bought at Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or by visiting the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources .

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