Fishing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In our coastal community, fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you prefer to cast into the ocean or into one of our many lakes, from the shore or by boat, the information below will help steer you in the right direction.

Saltwater Fishing

Virginia Marine Resources Commission oversees saltwater sites, regulations and licensing. ​

Suggested Fishing Locations

  • Pleasure House Point Natural Area​ | Provides access to Pleasure House Creek, Crab Creek and the Lynnhaven River. Ample parking is available along Marlin Bay Drive. 
  • Little Island​ Fishing Pier | Offers fishing access to the Atlantic Ocean​. No license on the pier is needed, but a saltwater license is required for the beach. Ample parking is available. 
  • Lake Windsor (Mount Trashmore Park) | Fishing access is limited, but ample parking is available at Mount Trashmore Park. ​​
  • Croatan Beach Park | Provides fishing access to the Atlantic Ocean. Ample parking is available in parking lot off Vanderbilt Ave. Fishing is not permitted near individuals in the water.
  • Lynnhaven Boat and Beach Facility | Offers fishing access to the Lynnhaven River. Ample on-site parking is available. Please note: Majority of the beach area is closed due to the Lesner Bridge Construction Project​

Freshwater Fishing

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​ oversees freshwater sites, regulations and licensing.

Suggested Fishing Locations

  • Stumpy Lake Natural Area | Offers access to Stumpy Lake. Ample parking is available at the fishing pier and near the canoe/kayak launch.
  • Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area | Offers fishing access to Lake Smith and Lake Lawson. Ample parking is available on-site.
  • Birchwood Malibu Park | Fishing access to the neighborhood pond is available, but parking is limited. 
  • ​Lake Trashmore (Mount Trashmore Park) | Fishing access to Lake Trashmore with ample parking at Mount Trashmore Park. Boating is not permitted.
  • Munden Point Park | Ample fishing access to the North Landing River. Parking is available on-site.
  • Pembroke Meadows Lake Park | Shoreline fishing to the lake is available.
  • Chesapeake Beach Park | Provides limited fishing access to Lake Pleasure House. Limited parking along Beaufort Ave. and on-street parallel parking on Lauderdale Ave.​

Many of the above waterways have a Fish Consumption Advisory/Restriction associated with them according to the Virginia Department of Health.

​Additional Fishing Information

Canoe and Kayak Sites

The following are recommended sites for fishing from a canoe or kayak: Dozier Bridge, Hutton Circle,  Birdneck Launch, and Owl Creek Boat Ramp. 

​Mooring​ Areas

Fishing is not permitted from any mooring areas along city docks.​

Stormwater Ponds

Many of our city properties contain stormwater ponds on the premises, and although fishing is not prohibited, it is not encouraged for many reasons:

  • ​They are man-made basins that are built to capture and treat stormwater runoff until it can either infiltrate into the ground, or flow through pipes into streams, lakes or wetlands. The stormwater consists of pet waste, oils, fertilizers and nutrients, pesticides, sediment, and other pollutants. 
  • These ponds are designed to catch this runoff in areas with impervious surfaces, thus treating the runoff and preventing many pollutants from reaching nearby waterways.
  • In most cases, there is very limited to no parking on the site, as well as very limited safe access to the pond. 
  • In some cases, private property prevents access. ​​​​​​​​​

Reel In and Recycle

Our local waterways are home to a variety of wildlife that count on us to keep their habitat sustainable. If you have unwanted line, store it safely and securely until it can be placed in a recycling bin. Fishing line recycling containers are available at city parks with water access. ​Avoid casting near trees, utility lines and other areas where your line may get caught.​