Notice (posted October 24, 2013):
Repairs to the emergency spillway at Lake Curtis to clear trees and install a concrete trail across the entrance will necessitate a 3-foot drawdown of the lake until the work is completed and the construction area is stabilized. The drawdown is scheduled to begin this winter and take two months to be completed. While the lake will remain open for public fishing, the DGIF boat ramp will not be usable. Boaters are invited to use hand-launch boats to access the lake for fishing, or to fish from the shoreline.
Lake Curtis is a 91-acre, Department-owned lake in Stafford County. The lake has an abundance of standing timber, providing fish with "structure." It is on the boundary of Curtis Memorial Park, a facility that has tennis courts, a swimming pool, a golf course, grills, and picnic tables. Several new fishing pier "bulkheads" were recently added adjacent to the Department's parking lot.
The lake has excellent largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish populations. Curtis consistently produces large bass, with fish as large as 13 pounds coming from the lake. Fisheries surveys by biologists indicate large fish are present, but the abundance of standing timber gives them plenty of places to hide. Curtis offers the finest bluegill fishery in the district. With ample shoreline access, it's an ideal place to practice fly-fishing or take a youngster out for the day. The lake is fertilized each summer to increase productivity.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will require an Access Permit for visitors to department-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and public fishing lakes effective January 1, 2012, who are age 17 and older, unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration. Learn more about the Access Permit »