Great Fishing Spots in Frederick County

lureAre you one of the thousands of Virginians who get excited by reeling in a 30-pound striper or seeing a brook trout rise to a fly? Then it’s time to find a fishing hole!

Virginia has extremely diverse freshwater angling opportunities. In fact, there are more than 176,000 acres of public lakes and 27,300 miles of fishable streams throughout the state—surely enough to provide something for every freshwater angler.

Local Fishing Options

From streams to lakes, the places to cast your line are seemingly endless in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

There are two designated trout streams in Frederick County:

  • Paddy Run, on Va. 600 in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Hogue Creek, which runs perpendicular to Va. 679 and U.S. 522, northwest of Winchester

There are also several lakes located in the county:

  • Wilkins Lake, in Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, is stocked with trout. This three-acre lake is open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Sherando Lake, at Sherando Park on Va. 277 east of Stephens City, offers bass and perch. It is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.
  • Clearbrook Lake, at Clearbrook Park on U.S. 11 north of Winchester, offers trout and perch. It is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.
  • The Cove Campground in Gore offers fishing facilities. The facility’s three lakes are stocked with various kinds of fish. A fee is required. See for more information.
  • The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries maintains the 117-acre Lake Frederick, near the intersections of U.S. 340, U.S. 522 and Va. 277, east of Stephens City at Double Tollgate. The lake is stocked with bass, sunfish, walleye, channel catfish and crappie. Lake Frederick is open 24 hours. Boating is permitted only with electric motors. A boat ramp is on site, as well as a privately owned bait and tackle shop with boat rentals.

Licenses Available at Old Dominion

Old Dominion Sports Center is an authorized agent for fishing licenses. State residents ages 16 and older are required to obtain a fishing license before fishing on inland waters, and non-residents older than 12 need a license.

Anyone needing a license also needs to purchase a National Forest Stamp when fishing in waters within the boundaries of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, except on the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River.

A separate trout license is required when trout fishing in designated stocked waters from Oct. 1 to June 15.