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Hey everyone,

just wanted to post on here and get some advice from someone with knowledge of the Virginia Beach area where are some good locations to bass fish in the Virginia Beach area and also Norfolk and Chesapeake areas as well. I’m still somewhat new to bass fishing coming over from saltwater but really have taken a liking to it but really want to find some more spots to fish. I’ve been to lake Christopher, Mt trashmore, back bay, tcc to name a few. Wanted to see if there any places I’ve missed or hidden gems out there. Thanks again in advance for any help!

Also I’m bank fishing currently, looking to get a boat but probably won’t be able to this season. So the places need to be accessible by foot.

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See the link for DGIF's ranking of reservoirs in the Tidewater region for bass fishing: 

 

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/forecasts-and-reports/largemouth-bass-lakes/

 

 

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Welcome aboard!

 

A number of folks here who fish the Southside will chime in

soon. But do check the VDGIF @RSmall linked to above.

Lots of good info there.

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20 hours ago, RSmall said:

See the link for DGIF's ranking of reservoirs in the Tidewater region for bass fishing: 

 

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/forecasts-and-reports/largemouth-bass-lakes/

 

 

Thanks, R, great post.

 

R's list includes the large bodies of water.

 

May I suggest you go to BPS or Dick's and get the 2019 Freshwater Fishing in Virginia publication from the Virginia DG&IF.  It is free.

 

Then, try to a locate a paper map of the Virginia Beach area and look for the smaller bodies of water around schools, shopping centers, buildings, building complexes, subdivisions, etc. These are the "unknown jewels" of the area for bass.

 

 

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I lived there for a little less than a year but I fished Lake Smith and the Suffolk reservoir system from my kayak while I was there. I saw and heard of people catching good fish there...but I didn't lol. Suffolk doesn't have great shore access but there are some spots, Lake Smith has a nice public park and a fishing pier. 

 

Also, if you're from the bank...I'll just say that my most productive spot was a drainage ditch/pond. So don't overlook anything. 

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If you can save a couple hundred bucks and get yourself into an inexpensive used kayak, you will have tons of access to some fantastic bass fishing all over Hampton Roads. Stumpy Lake is fun and holds some bruisers. The Suffolk lakes allegedly hold lots of big fish, and all the tidal creeks down there fish well too. Unfortunately shore access is very limited around here. 

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The drawback to bank fishing here is that with limited access the available spots get hit pretty hard. Sure, there's no one around when you arrive but that's due to the other dozen or so anglers who've already hammered it that day having left in disgust!

 

Out of the way retention ponds seem to be the winning ticket for consistent action and actually produce decent fish though any fish is better than none at all in my book!

 

 

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