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. The crappie, white perch, and bluegill are abundant but generally small. This is a good place to take a youngster fishing in the summertime. Fishing with a bobber and small worm, the bluegill will provide plenty of action to keep the young ones interested.
The Urban Fishing Program and trout stockings have been reinstated after having been discontinued for a number of years. Anglers should be reminded that a state trout license, in addition to a fresh water fishing license (if applicable) is required to fish in Northwest River Park lake from November 1 to April 30 of each year.
For those after largemouth bass, this pond might just surprise you. With the abundant panfish, the bass have plenty to eat and they are growing big! Numerous bass weighing 8-11 pounds have been collected here in population samples. The trick is to get them to hit your bait when there’s plenty of other food around.
There are no fees to fish. Bank fishing is allowed throughout the park and rental boats are available. For information call the park at 757-421-7151 or 421-3145.