Fishing With Kids In Prince William County

Making a few summertime memories can be as simple as baiting your fishing pole! There are several great local places to take your child fishing.  Don’t like worms? No problem.  Fish will nibble at marshmallows, bread, cheese, or just about anything that will stay on your hook. Don’t forget to check your child’s scout guide if they participate in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, because many levels have fishing awards!


Ages 16+ a Freshwater Virginia State Fishing License is required year round and a Virginia State Trout 
License is required November 1 – April 30. The Fish and Game Warden can ticket you for not having a 
license, even if you’re just “holding” your child’s pole, so make sure you get one! The KMart in Dale City 
sells them along with numerous other retailers, or you can get them online, too! 
For a full list of Virginia Fishing regulations you can click here, but generally speaking, all you need to know is that you can’t use dynamite (phew!) or net fish, scuba fish, or alter fish by cutting them, and that you need to follow posted regulations.  
Got your license and your rod? Let’s get fishing! 
Locust Shade Park‘s 8 acre pond is stocked with trout and also has catfish, blue gill, bass and crappie. 

Lake Ridge Park reservoir provides good fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. 

Leesylvania State Park offers pier fishing from March 1 to Nov. 1.  Catfish, perch, largemouth and striped bass are typical.  The park also offers children’s fishing tournaments on the first Saturday of every month and adult’s fishing tournaments on occasion, as well. 

Occoquan Regional Park also offers fishing.  The no-wake zones around the main dock areas make for peaceful water and lots of fish! 

Prince William Forest Park– Specific portions of the lakes and streams throughout the park are available for fishing.  Live bait is prohibited.  For specifics, be sure to ask a ranger in the Visitor’s Center! 

Have a favorite fishing spot? Leave a comment on this post and let us know where!