Fishing in Virginia
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Virginia
Catfish can be found in most fishing waters across Virginia. Most
rivers, small lakes and ponds have one or more species of catfish.
The major containing a healthy population of catfish include Claytor
Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Drummond, Lake Gaston,
Lake Moomaw, Leesville Reservoir, Philpott Lake, Smith Mountain
Lake, South Holston Lake and Western Branch Reservoir.
The Virginia state record blue catfish was caught from Buggs Island
Lake and the VA state record channel catfish was taken out of the
Rappahannock River. The Occoquan Reservoir served up the Virginia
state record flathead catfish and the state record white catfish
was pulled from Western Branch Reservoir.
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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