Guide To Virginia Fishing
All about fishing in the Old Dominion State
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 & Species
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.
For a detailed list of primary fish species in VA, plus state fish records, see the list below.
Fishing lake sizes and locations in the state.
Carvins Cove Reservoir is a 630-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Roanoke.
Claytor Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the southwest part of VA, at Radford.
Diascund Creek Reservoir is an 1,100-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lanexa.
Flannagan Reservoir is a 1,143-acre lake in western VA, at Clinchco.
Kerr Reservoir aka Buggs Island Lake is a 49,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Clarksville.
Lake Anna is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Bumpass.
Lake Chesdin is a 3,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Petersburg.
Lake Drummond is a 3,100-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 10 miles southeast of Suffolk.
Lake Gaston is a 20,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Gasburg.
Lake Moomaw is a 2,500-acre lake in the northwestern part of the state, at Perkins Point.
Leesville Reservoir is a 3,400-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Pittsville.
Occoquan Reservoir is a 2,100-acre reservoir in northeast Virginia, running northwest from Occoquan.
Philpott Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Bassett.
Smith Mountain Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Penhook.
South Holston Lake is a 10,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Abingdon.
Swift Creek Reservoir is a 1,700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Hallsboro.
Western Branch Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Suffolk.
Fish Species & State Records in Virginia
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 4 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 1 oz
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 6 lbs 10 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 68 lbs 12 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 143 lbs 0 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 6 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: Open
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 22 lbs 8 oz
World record: 17 lbs 7 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 8 oz
World record: 15 lbs 6 oz
State Record: Available*
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 14 lbs 7 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 15 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 18 lbs 11 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 53 lbs 7 oz
Hybrid Striped Bass
World record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz
World record: 21 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz
World record: 69 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 45 lbs 8 oz**
**Includes tiger muskie
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 4 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
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.
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.
Fish for big bass
Excellent largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fishing opportunities are abundant.
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