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All about fishing for bowfin, chain pickerel, muskie and northern pike in VA.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Lakes and rivers across the state, 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, Occoquan Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake, South Holston Lake, Swift Creek Reservoir and Western Branch Reservoir.

Other Available Species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

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

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 4 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Check out the Northern Pike Fishing page to get tips, tactics and methods for catching more pike. Also visit the top producing northern pike lures page to assist in selecting the best baits. The Muskie Fishing page offers methods, tips and tactics. Also view the page revealing the top producing lures for catching musky and tiger musky.

Virginia Miscellaneous State Record Fish

The state record bowfin was caught in Chickahominy Lake.

The state record chain pickerel was taken out of Douthat Lake.

The state record muskie was caught in New River.

The state record northern pike was taken out of Motts Run Reservoir.

For info about local sauger and saugeye fishing, visit the VA walleye page.

 

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