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All about fishing for chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike and sauger in Virginia.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about these species of fish, found in Virginia waters.

Fishing for miscellaneous species in Virginia

Lake Shawnee was home to the VA state record chain pickerel. New River gave up the Virginia state record muskie. The VA state record northern pike was caught out of Motts Run Reservoir. The Clinch River delivered up the state record sauger.

Other lakes and rivers across the state of Virginia, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, include Claytor Lake, Diascund Creek Reservoir, Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Lake Drummond, Lake Gaston, Lake Moomaw, Leesville Reservoir, Philpott Lake, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake, Swift Creek Reservoir and Western Branch Reservoir.

Fishing for other species in Virginia

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

VA State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz


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



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.

Information on fishing for unique species, by state.


Learn the habits and lifecycle of each species

Many of the species we portray as "other" in this website are simply not as commonly fished for as the more popular fish. For insight into some of these "other" fish in Virginia, visit the other fishing page for more in-depth information.

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