As you might expect, the Hampton Roads area has some excellent spots for fishing due to the many bodies of water in the area. Here are a few you can take advantage of if you're looking to spend an afternoon casting lines:
Elizabeth River Park
Located on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, by the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, this park has multiple beaches which are a great spot for fishing and has an active boat ramp. Numerous shelters and Gazebos throughout the Park as well as restrooms and parking lots.
Fairly deep, 52 acre lake located in Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. The park is open all year from sunrise to sunset and fishing is allowed along the entire shore, with no permit or fee required. The park has picnic shelters, grills, restrooms, playgrounds, and trails.
Great Bridge Lock Park
Located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Boulevard, this 19 acre park provides a boat ramp, and has great fishing and crabbing areas.
Northwest River Park and Campground
This city park, located in Chesapeake along the Northwest River, has a small man-made pond and canal system running through it. The lake has largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and white perch. There are no fees to fish. Bank fishing is allowed throughout the park and rental boats are available.
Oak Grove Lake Park
65 acre park located off Volvo Parkway which has many fishing platforms. The bank is open for fishing except where prohibited by signage.
Western Branch Reservoir
Water supply resivior in Norfolk that is open for fishing. The lake is quite large at 1265 acres and has a maximum depth of 35 feet. Boats may be launched from the fishing station, but bank fishing is prohibited.
For more information on fishing in Virginia visit the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: