I had a few hours on Friday and decided to visit the Hemlock Overlook park. I had been here on a recon a while back, but had not fished it. I was anxious to see if the upper end of the Occoquan Reservior was as good as it appeared.
I walked the half mile from the parking area down to the river and was startled to hear the raucous sounds of kids screaming and yelling with delight. A gaggle of kayakers and canoeists were working their way up the Occoquan river trail - clearly a school trip since this was after labor day. Given the noise of the voices that was punctuated with slapping paddles, I knew instantly the section of the creek was blown out.
Oh well, I was here. I waited for the group to pass and walked down the trail until I ran across some stacked canoes. After peeking at the river (waypoint 002 on the map), I realized there would be no wading downstream - the water was deep with high banks. I began fishing there and was encouraged by seeing some good sized bass swimming near a fallen log. It took a while, but I finally convinced a nice one (12") to fall victim to the Kent's Stealth Bomber I was throwing. Encouraged by that, I began fishing upstream.
The bottom is pretty much sand with a few large boulders scattered here and there. I hit the obvious deep spots with average results. Nothing big, but enough to make it interesting.
As I worked my way back up to the trailhead with the intent of continuing past it, I heard the echos of the group returning. Rats. Not wanting to fish over the water they had disturbed, I gave up the ghost and headed home.
Bottom Line: Others have related how enjoyable fishing this section has been. Nothing big, but usually quiet and close to the main roads - it certainly is an alternative to Burke Lake just down the road.
Getting There: From Route 123, turn west on VA-655/Clifton Road [there will be a sign for Hemlock]. Follow it to eventually turn left on Yates Ford Road [there will be a sign]. Follow it to the end.
Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented on the Fairfax County Park website
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