- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Occoquan Reservoir is a 2,100-acre impoundment managed by the Fairfax Water Authority. Its waters mark the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William counties, and to Northern Virginia anglers it represents a slice of fishing heaven.

The narrow, winding lake is easily reached via I-95 south of Washington, off the Woodbridge/Occoquan exit onto Route 123 north or, if you prefer the Capital Beltway, by taking Route 123 south, off Braddock Road.

The Fountainhead Regional Park where we launched our boat and fished out of is marked by a sign on Route 123, just a brief distance from the Route 123/Lorton light. There also is the Bull Run Marina in the upper end of the lake that provides boat rentals, bait, tackle, food, and boat-launching facilities. For quiet fishing, battery-powered trolling motors are a big help. Gasoline outboards are limited to 9.9 hp.

The reservoir is home to largemouth bass, bluegills, black and white crappies, various catfish species, northern pike and white perch. Hybrid striped bass and walleye were stocked in the past but now have been discontinued. The reservoir turned up a state record flathead catfish of 661/4 pounds, caught and released in 1994.

Currently, Occoquan’s largemouth bass fishery is ranked No.3 in the district for Catch-Per-Effort (CPE) of 15-inch-and-over fish.

For information visit www.Fountainhead.org or phone Fountainhead Marina, 703/250-9124.

— Gene Mueller

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