There’s no dearth of freshwater fishing destinations in and around Burke, VA. So, what are you waiting for? Get your brand new fishing rod out of its case and head toward one of these:



Burke Lake

Located inside the Burke Lake Park, Burke Lake is a favorite destination among fishing enthusiasts. This 218-acre public fishing lake is best known for its largemouth bass population. Reports suggest that the lake has the highest population of this fish in 19 most popular impoundments in northern Virginia.

All this is very good, but don’t think big largemouth bass population means easy catching, because there’s no such thing here in Burke Lake. This lake is heavily fished, so you have to work hard to catch bass. Try deeper waters, where you’ll have better chance than shoreline shallows. However, thanks to beautiful surroundings, you shouldn’t mind working extra hard for your catch. You can also catch bluegill, channel catfish, white perch, redear sunfish, yellow perch, blue catfish, and walleye.

The lake area has a state launch ramp especially for anglers close to the dam. The ramp is accessible 24 hours. There’s also a park authority maintained ramp as well as accessible courtesy pier which you can use during the park hours. Get Directions Here


Riverbend Park

If Burke Lake has a high largemouth bass population, then Riverbend Park has lots and lots of smallmouth bass. Located on a bend in Potomac River, hence the name Riverbend Park, it also has catfish, sunfish, and other many species.

This is an absolutely cool place to teach your kids how to fish as there’s healthy fish population close to the shore. However, if you want to reel in better catches, you should hop on a boat. The park also offers fishing classes, in addition to a summer fishing camp for children aged 9-15 years. If you want, you can also have birthday fishing parties here. You would need a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license.

You can fish here year-round. In Riverbend Park and other lakes, generally fish are to be found in the shallower parts in fall and spring and in deeper water in summer and winter. Get Directions Here



Lake Fairfax

Although you can fish here throughout the year, spring is undoubtedly the best time for trout fishing here. That is the time of the year when there are plenty of rainbow trout in the lake. Because of easy accessibility, Lake Fairfax is a favorite destination among shoreline anglers, beginners as well as experienced. You would need fishing license (Virginia) along with a seasonal or one-day fishing pass. Get Directions Here


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

A great place for beginners and teaching kids about fishing, the Walney Pond, spread over one-acre, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has bass, catfish, and sunfish. If you are an experienced angler, the three options before this might suit you better. Get Directions Here


Hidden Pond Nature Center

This is a good place to give fishing lessons to children. However, it might not be the best place to fish because the success rate is not so impressive. Get Directions Here


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