James River Catfishing

Catfishing on the James River in Virginia can be a fishing trip of a lifetime. Trophy blue catfish are caught on a daily basis. And according to Bob Greenlee, district fisheries biologist for VDGIF( Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries ), the James River is now a nationally recognized blue catfish fishery.   Anglers from all over the country have heard of the James River and its monster catfish and catching a trophy catfish is not an unrealistic expectation by any means.

The current state record of 143 pounds was caught on the Kerr Lake, June 18, 2011 by Nick Anderson, a veteran catfisherman. With the blue catfish population continuing to expand, both in numbers and in size, and along with the spirit of catch-and-release displayed among the serious catfishermen, only enhances the possibility of your catch of a lifetime.

However I would recommend  using a guide your first trip to the James River to get somewhat familiar with the river. I have even heard of guides from other areas that will use a guide the first time on the James. Being a tidal river, of course you have to keep tabs on the tide, the wind, shallows, and barges to mention just a few things. The barges and cargo ships can be unbelievable quiet to be as large as they are and can sneak up on you when you least expect them.

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