Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities in Fairfax County, VA


Shoreline Fishing in Belmont and Occoquan Bays

by Colin Riley

Fishermen help to curb plastic pollution by disposing of your fishing line properly as well as any discarded fishing line that you come across.

Prevent the spread of non native aquatic species and fish diseases by cleaning your boat and gear before fishing in a different body of water.

Accessed from Mason Neck State Park, in this part of the tidal Potomac, there is about a two foot difference in depth between high and low tides.

Largemouth Bass

Juvenile Striped Bass

White Perch

Yellow Perch

Belmont Bay

The normally placid shallow weedy waters of Belmont Bay are a nursery for many species of fish which conceal themselves in the vegetation. From the sandy shoreline it is possible to wade quite a distance into the bay particularly at low tide.

Large beds of Eurasian Milfoil and hydrilla can make fishing with crankbaits difficult but texas rigged rubber worms and light jigs with rubber grubs can be worked through the weeds with relative ease.

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