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.

Maps & Directions

Shield’s 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.

Map to Shield Lake:

Map

Fishing Opportunities

Shields Lake is a beautiful 6-acre lake located in Byrd Park (the City of Richmond’s largest park) in the heart of Richmond. Shields Lake is the last lake in the Park’s series of three. A large flock of geese reside at the lake year-round, adding to the entertainment value for visitors. The entire shoreline of the lake is accessible to anglers.

Aside from the channel catfish and trout that have been stocked in this lake as part of the Department’s Urban Fishing Program, this lake has had relatively poor fish populations typical of urban lakes. The largemouth bass population was typically low and bluegill were overabundant and stunted. A few other species inhabit the lake, but they’re typically not important to the fishery due to either low abundance or small size. To fish Shields Lake,anglers 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.

In 2004, five species of fish and one hybrid type were collected using electrofishing: largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, green sunfish, brown bullhead, and yellow perch. Only one adult bass was collected, but reproduction was excellent as evidenced by the collection of approximately 170 young-of-the-year (fish spawned in spring, 2004).

Biologist Reports

Regulations

A trout license is required in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. A trout license is NOT required from May 1 through October 31. Juveniles under age 16 need no licenses.

 

  • Trout: Four per day per angler.

 

Channel catfish averaging 1/2 pound each are stocked annually.

 

  • Catfish: Four (any size) per day per angler.Regulations for all other species are as follows:Largemouth bass: 18 inch minimum, 1 per day

    Bream (bluegill): No minimum size, 50 fish per person per day

    Crappie: No minimum size, 25 per day.

 

Facilities

There are picnic and handicap facilities available year-round.

More Information

For fisheries information, please contact:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Phone: (804) 367-1000

For additional information about Shield’s Lake and Byrd Park, please contact:

Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities
900 E. Broad Street, Room 407
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 646-5733