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Fishing in Abingdon, VA

Abingdon, VA has become a popular fishing destination for residents of southwest Virginia and surrounding states.

By Kevin Litwin on January 16, 2016

Fishing in Abingdon, VA
Abingdon / Ian Curcio

Fishing in Washington County is a refreshing outdoor activity that can be good for the soul – and sole.

This community has become a popular fishing destination, especially in recent times, not only for residents of southwest Virginia but for people arriving from several other surrounding states.

In fact, the popularity and availability of top fishing holes in the county continues to grow in legend as more anglers hear about the opportunities that are available in Washington County.

Anglers of all types flock to the area on a year-round basis, but from early spring through late summer, the focus is on fly-fishing. Specific sites that are best for fly-fishing fanatics during the warm-weather months are Whitetop Laurel Creek, Taylor’s Valley, Big Tumbling Creek, Hidden Valley, Green Cove and the Holston River. Those fishing spots are especially ideal for good catches of brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as several other species.

Whitetop Laurel Creek is, perhaps, the area’s best-known spot for the sport of fly-fishing, with the most active months occurring from late March through most of June. The creek is not only famous for its healthy stocks of fish, but also for its peaceful and serene setting.

Fishing and wildlife officials in Washington County also point out that anglers traveling to the region can enjoy a variety of different venues throughout the warm-weather months. For example, fishing enthusiasts can go to the top of a mountain and fish a stream on one day, then on the second day fish a larger stream that is located at sea level.

Then on the third day, an angler can partake in competitive fishing down in the tail waters of a creek or stream.

Learn more about outdoor recreation in Abingdon, VA.

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