Stafford Parks & Places

Abel Reservoir
Stafford, VA
540-752-5632
This 185-acre reservoir is long and ravine; it is almost too long for a single battery electric motor if you plan on traveling its length. Abel has some big largemouth bass, which can be difficult to catch. Abel doesn’t have a lot of structure, but has steep-sided banks covered with rocky outcroppings and large hemlocks in many places, reminiscent of a Canadian lake. Much of the shoreline has recently been colonized by hydrilla, a submersed aquatic plant. There are good crappie and chain pickerel populations. Pickerel as large as 3 pounds are caught annually. Bluegills and an excellent channel catfish population round out the catch able menu.

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