Swift Creek Lake

Located in the heart of Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, this 156-acre impoundment of Swift Creek provides an aesthetic angling resource for central Virginia. Because it gets relatively low fishing pressure, it is typically an enjoyable place to fish. The reservoir is very narrow for its size. It is open for fishing from dawn to dusk, virtually year-round. The park rents canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Lake. There is a boat ramp where private boats may be launched, but gasoline motors are prohibited. Only electric motors may be used. There is a 15-inch minimum size limit and 2-per-day creel limit on largemouth bass.

Because it is fed by a relatively large creek and the reservoir itself is “creek-like”, large populations of non-game fish have always overshadowed and competed with the game fish populations. “Undesirable” fish constantly invade the reservoir. Largemouth bass and sunfish populations gained a leg up on non-game species after being stocked immediately following a draining of the reservoir to repair the dam in 1992. However, the quality of these populations for angling had already declined as of the prior evaluation in 1999.

The reservoir was sampled using electrofishing on 1 June, 2005. Game fish abundance was decent and dominated by bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, and redear sunfish. A few chain pickerel and a fair number of yellow perch were observed as well. Unfortunately, thousands of gizzard shad and many common carp were also seen.