Who else is excited for fishing season to start up again? I know I am!
I’ll be returning to the water this Sunday. (Post to follow!)
Last spring, I launched a series of blog posts called “Angling Right” to help generate interest in fishing among members of my generation. I’m happy it’s been well-received by my fellow Millennial anglers and those curious about becoming anglers!
Starting March 15th, this Sunday, fishing weather in Virginia is slated to be off-the-hook (pun-intended)!
Need more reasons to go fishing? Take Me Fishing’s Debbie Henson explains below:
- Fishing is a physical activity that can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. The sports of fishing and boating encourage you to use your arms to cast and your legs to walk from one spot to another or to steady yourself on the boat deck.
- Fishing uses brain power. When you start getting into fishing, you use brain power to research things like tides, weather, water conditions and areas of structure. Every time you go fishing, you can learn something new.
- Fishing can give you a rush of happiness that is much more sustainable than a sugar rush. When you catch a big fish, you are on “cloud nine” for days, and smile from ear to ear every time you think about the good fishing memories you have made.
- The feelings of accomplishment that come from learning new fishing skills are sweeter. Think about how good it feels when you master a new skill. When you learn how to throw a cast net or tie a new fishing knot, you get those sweet feelings of accomplishment and success.
I couldn’t agree more!
Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are a lot of untapped fishing spots to explore. This may sound sacrilegious to write, but I’ve found more fishing opportunities here in Virginia than in Southern California. (Sorry, home state!) I’ve been doing extensive research on local fishing spots to see which ones are good and have optimal returns on investment. Luckily for my family and I, there are plenty of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans spots to choose from within a 50 mile radius–even as close as two miles!
Here are some places I’ll be visiting and/or blogging about this fishing season:
- Riverbend Park – Great Falls, VA (Loudon County): This fishing spot is located just north of Great Falls Park in McLean/Great Falls, VA. This area is known for its hiking spots plus decent fishing. Crappie, perch, and small bass are common
- Pohick Bay – Lorton, VA (Prince William County): Pohick Bay is located in Prince William County, which neighbors Fairfax County to the southwest.
- Little Hunting Creek – Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County): This is my new favorite fishing spot. It’s easily accessible and is a unique body of water since it’s the intersection of the Potomac River and Little Hunting Creek. My dad and I have caught catfish, eel, and perch/small bass here. People reportedly catch largemouth bass and shad (herring) here.
- Occoquan Reservoir – Occoquan, VA (Prince William County): I also discovered and fell in love with this fishing spot last year. It’s huge and surrounded by beautiful nature. Plus, the fish there actively bite.
- Naples, FL – I look forward to deep-sea or backwater fishing here later this year.
I hope you join in on some fishy fun this year! If you haven’t gone fishing before, it’s never too late to start.
Check out Take Me Fishing, Field and Stream, North American Fishing, Keep America Fishing, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and Gander Mountain to get started.
Do you plan to fish this year or introduce someone to fishing? Comment below!