NOTE -- Area newcomers have been asking about nearby Northern Virginia fishing lakes. There are a number of them usually not mentioned here for lace of space. This week, thanks to the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries, a rundown of enough of them to keep you busy: ABEL RESERVOIR -- Stafford County, Route 648, off Route 17. 185 acres. Boat ramp. Electric motors only. Bass, bluegills, walleye, crappies and catfish. BEAVERDAM CREEK RESERVOIR -- In Loudoun County, off Route 659 at Mt. Hope Church. 350 acres. Boat ramp. Electric motors only. Bass, sunfish, tiger muskies, crappies and catfish have been stocked. GOOSE CREEK RESERVOIR -- Loudon County, off Route 659 at water-treatment plant. 140 acres. Boat ramp. Electric motors only. Bass, sunfish, crappies and catfish are available. LAKE BRITTLE -- Fauquier County, Route 793, off Route 29. 77 acres. Ramp, boat and motor rentals, bait and tackle sales. Electric motors only. Bass, sunfish, tiger muskies, walleye and catfish. LAKE MANASSAS -- Prince William County, on Route 604, off Route 215. 800 acres. Ramp, boat rentals, bait and tackle sales. Electric motors only. Try for bass, sunfish, crappies and catfish. MOUNTAIN RUN RESERVOIR -- Near Culpeper, Route 719, off U.S. 29. 75 acres. Ramp. Electric motors only. Virginia and Culpeper town licenses required. Stocked with bass, sunfish, catfish and tiger muskies. SMITH LAKE -- Stafford County, Route 641. 100 acres. Boat ramp. Electric motors only. Fish for bass, sunfish, crappies and catfish. OCCOQUAN RESERVOIR -- This 1,700-acre beauty is a regular in this space. Situated off Route 123 on the Fairfax-Prince William line, the lake is awaiting clearer waters. Catfish may be the best bet. Fountainhead and Bull Run Park areas have rental boats. BURKE LAKE -- Another lake featured here weekly. Find its 218-acre waters on Route 123 (Ox Road) in Fairfax County. Boat rentals and ramps are available. Water conditions are good. Bass, sunfish, crappies and catfish can be caught. BACK BAY -- This Virginia Beach-area backwash has been a hotspot for crappies and sunfish, some trophy bass. It's murky, and wind is bad news. RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER -- Fredericksburg and upstream parts are still in poor shape. May clear by weekend for smallmouth fans if rains stay away. LAKE ANNA -- Probably the only solidly producing big waters around these days. A few hog bass have been taken in the lower lake on plastic worms or jigs. Crappies and catfish are plentiful and willing. The water's fine, except in shallow upper-lake areas. Try surface lures for bass early in the day.