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Virginia Fishing

All about fishing in the Old Dominion State

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The state of Virginia offers a variety of fishing in lakes, ponds, streams and rivers for a vide variety if fish. Fish for big bass, monster stripers, plenty of fat crappies, huge walleyes, catfish and many kinds of perch and sunfish. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, rock bass, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, stripers, chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike and sauger in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Virginia Lakes

Virginia major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Virginia, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Virginia, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Virginia Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Claytor Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Radford, VA.

Diascund Creek Reservoir is an 1,100-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lanexa, VA.

Kerr Lake is a 49,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Clarksville, VA.

Lake Anna is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Bumpass, VA.

Lake Chesdin is a 3,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Petersburg, VA.

Lake Drummond is a 3,100-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 10 miles southeast of Suffolk, VA.

Lake Gaston is a 20,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Gasburg, VA.

Lake Moomaw is a 2,500-acre lake in the northwestern part of the state, at Perkins Point, VA.

Leesville Reservoir is a 3,400-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Pittsville, VA.

Philpott Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Bassett, VA.

Smith Mountain Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Penhook, VA.

South Holston Lake is a 10,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Abingdon, VA.

Swift Creek Reservoir is a 1,700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Hallsboro, VA.

Western Branch Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Suffolk, VA.

Virginia lakes offer great camping and fishing.

State of VA Fishing Information

Apply for a Virginia fishing license here and find a great deal of fishing information at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about a variety of fishing boats in Virginia, plus other boating information.

Motorhome and RV sales and rentals

For fishing gear and tackle storage options, visit the Virginia home improvement section of our sister site.

Virginia Fishing Guides. We are looking for information on local guides who offer services within Virginia. You can find a listing of VA fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in Virginia or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

Be certain to visit the section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in VA. It includes fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in Virginia.

All About Fishing wishes you the very best with your fishing endeavors in the great state of Virginia.

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Fish for big bass in Virginia

Excellent largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fishing opportunities are abundant in VA.

Fish Species in Virginia

Fishing for bass in Virginia

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

VA State Record: 16 lbs 4 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

VA State Record: 8 lbs 1 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

VA State Record: 6 lbs 10 oz

Fishing for catfish in Virginia

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

VA State Record: 66 lbs 4 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 143 lbs 0 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 7 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for crappie in Virginia

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for walleye in Virginia

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

VA State Record: 22 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for trout in Virginia

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

VA State Record: 14 lbs 7 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

VA State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

VA State Record: 18 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for panfish in Virginia

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

VA State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz*
*For all sunfish in VA

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

VA State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

VA State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

VA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

VA State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Virginia

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

VA State Record: 53 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for other species in Virginia

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

VA State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

VA State Record: 45 lbs 8 oz**
**Includes tiger muskie

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

VA State Record: 31 lbs 4 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

VA State Record: 5 lbs 8 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.