Virginia Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in Virginia.
Catfish Waters In VA
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 Reservoir, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Drummond, Lake Gaston, Lake Moomaw, Leesville Reservoir, Occoquan Reservoir, Philpott Lake, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake, Swift Creek Reservoir and Western Branch Lake.
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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout Virginia. 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.
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 VA state record flathead catfish and the state record white catfish was pulled from Western Branch Reservoir.
Camp out and catch some catfish!
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
VA State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
VA State Record: 66 lbs 4 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
VA State Record: 143 lbs 0 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
VA State Record: 7 lbs 6 oz
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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.