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Shields Lake

Catfish Stocked in Urban Fishing Lakes

Shields Lake is located in Byrd Park, which is owned and operated by The City of Richmond. Byrd Park is located on Boulevard Avenue in downtown Richmond. This beautiful 6-acre lake is one of the main attractions at this park. Although no boats are allowed, the entire shoreline is accessible to anglers. There are picnic and handicap facilities available year-round.

The Park contains two other nearby lakes, Fountain (Boat) Lake and Swan Lake. Channel catfish are stocked annually, and the lake also contains reproducing populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, yellow perch, and brown bullheads. Catchable-size trout are stocked in the lake from November through February. Anglers that fish Shields Lake must possess a trout license in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. A trout license is not required from May 1 through October 31 or for juveniles under age 16.