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Visit Virginia - A Guide to Fishing

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' mission is:

  • to manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth;
  • to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation;
  • to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing.

VDGIF is responsible for the management of inland fisheries, wildlife, and recreational boating for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Department has an operational budget of approximately $49.5 million and a maximum employment level of 493 salaried staff.

For more information about Virginia:

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries :

State bird: Cardinal (Northern Cardinal)

State flower: American Dogwood



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.