Lake Anna Fishing


For the fishing enthusiast, Lake Anna offers a primary source of fish species including largemouth bass, striped bass and crappies. Also available are bluegill, channel catfish, walleye, white perch and yellow perch.

For the boating enthusiest, there are several options:

  • First for those desiring the amenities offered by various marinas, the public side, providing the major portion of the lake running from the dam on the lower end, to the upper end where the North Anna River and Pamunkey Creeks turn into streams.
  • The upper end of the public side does restrict the size of boats, due to low bridge clearances for local roads. However, from the splits to the dam at the lower end, the only bridge is the high clearance main bridge for route 208, allowing larger boats.
  • For those desiring more privacy, the warm side allows boating only for owners and guests residing on this portion of the lake.

Largemouth Bass – Lake Anna is a favorite destination for central and northern Virginia anglers looking for Largemouth Bass Fishing. Lake Anna hosts local and regional fishing tournaments considering their top three statewide ranking for citation largemouth bass.

Striped Bass – Maintained by annual stocking, they do well for the first few years attaining legal size of 20 inches at about 30 months. Growth then subsides as Lake Anna’s habitat lacks the preferred cool water during summer and fall months. Even at that, Lake Anna still provides an above average population density available for your fishing enjoyment.

Black Crappie – Anglers persuing this good tasting fish can catch a mess of them at Lake Anna. As a schooling fish, catch one and more should follow.

Channel Catfish – Introduced into Lake Anna in 1972, they have thrived to greater levels that previously documented. Most range from 14-20 inches and average 2-4 pounds.

White Perch – Caught readily during late fall and winter, with the best month for catching them being November.

A number of artificial reefs have been deposited in Lake Anna, mostly below the main bridge into the lower lake. Efforts have been made to mark these with buoys, however many remain unmarked.