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Virginia State Fishing Records

Species Weight Location Date Angler Picture
Black Crappie** 4 lbs. 14 oz. Lake Conner 04-08-1967 E. L. Blackstock
Black Crappie 4 lbs. 10 oz. Private Pond 04-24-1994 Justin Elliott Picture
Blue Catfish 143 lbs. Buggs Island Lake 06-18-2011 Richard “Nick” Anderson Picture
Bluegill Sunfish** 4 lbs. 8 oz. Private Pond 02-07-1970 Thomas E. Jones
Bluegill Sunfish NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 2 LBS.
Bowfin** 17 lbs. 8 oz. Chickahominy Lake 11-14-1964 E. C. Cutright
Bowfin 16 lbs. 8 oz. Lake Cahoon 10-17-2004 John Plyler, Jr. Picture
Brook Trout 5 lbs. 15 oz. Cub Run 03-12-2019 Thomas Garth Picture
Brown Trout** 18 lbs. 11 oz. Smith River 06-22-1979 William W. Nease Picture
Brown Trout 14 lbs. 12 oz. South Fork Holston 05-24-1990 Mike Perkins Picture
Common Carp 49 lbs. 4 oz. Lake Prince 06-25-1986 Jeff Graham
Chain Pickerel** 7 lbs. 12 oz. Douthat Lake 01-26-1974 Glenn C. Williams
Chain Pickerel 7 lbs. 10 oz. Lake Shawnee 12-31-1996 R. L. White Picture
Channel Catfish** 32 lbs. Lake Chesdin 04-28-1980 Hugh Wyatt
Channel Catfish 31 lbs. 8 oz. Rappahannock River 10-02-1992 Sue Stanley Picture
Coho Salmon** 8 lbs. 12 oz. Philpott Reservoir 12-27-1971 Melvin Chilton
Fallfish 3 lbs. 9 oz. Cowpasture River 05-06-2022 Josh D. Dolin Picture
Flathead Catfish 68 lbs. 12 oz. Lake Smith 05-25-2018 Jeffrey E. Dill Picture
Freshwater Drum 29 lbs. 6 oz. Buggs Island Lake 03-26-2018 Del Pool Picture
Gar 25 lbs. 2 oz. Lake Prince 05-28-1987 Roger Beaver Picture
Hybrid Striped Bass 15 lbs. 13 oz. Claytor Lake 03-16-2016 Don Jessie Picture
Lake Trout** 5 lbs. 6 oz. Philpott Reservoir 07-06-1966 Arthur A. Conner
Largemouth Bass 16 lbs. 4 oz. Connor Lake 05-20-1985 Richard Tate Picture
Muskie (including Tiger) 45 lbs. 8 oz. New River 06-01-2007 Shannon Hill Picture
Northern Pike 31 lbs. 4 oz. Motts Run Reservoir 07-24-1994 George Wood Picture
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 7 oz. Greers Pond 06-28-1993 Michael Lowe
Redear Sunfish 4 lbs. 12 oz. Private Pond 04-28-1986 Michael Mills
Roanoke Bass 2 lbs. 9 oz. Western Branch Reservoir 05-28-2005 Harry G. Swauger Picture
Rock Bass 2 lbs. 2 oz. Laurel Bed Lake 05-17-1986 Larry Ball
Sauger** 5 lbs. 8 oz. South Holston Lake 07-02-1972 R. Stallard
Sauger 3 lbs. Clinch River 04-24-2010 Ronald C. Davis Picture
Saugeye NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 6 LBS.
Smallmouth Bass 8 lbs. 1 oz. New River 03-12-2003 Donald S. Eaton, Jr. Picture
Spotted Bass** 6 lbs. 10 oz. Flannagan Reservoir 03-31-1976 Joe Jett Friend
Spotted Bass 4 lbs. 12 oz. Claytor Lake 01-01-2020 Cliffton Joel Hamilton Picture
Striped Bass 53 lbs. 7 oz. Leesville Reservoir 03-16-2000 James B. Davis Picture
Sunfish (all/other) NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 1 LB.
Walleye** 22 lbs. 8 oz. New River 08-20-1973 Roy G. Barrett
Walleye 15 lbs. 15 oz. New River 12-15-2000 Anthony P. Duncan Picture
White Bass 6 lbs. 13 oz. Lake Orange 07-31-1989 Ron Sprouse Picture
White Catfish 7 lbs. 6 oz. Western Branch Reservoir 03-24-1992 Thomas Elkins Picture
White Crappie NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 3 LBS.
White Perch 3 lbs. 2 oz. Private Pond 06-13-2012 Beau McLaughlin Picture
Yellow Perch 3 lbs. Flannagan Reservoir 03-08-2010 George Mullins Picture

Archery State Record Freshwater Fish

Updated: July 15, 2022

Species Weight Location Date Angler Picture
Blue Catfish 66 lbs. 5 oz. Pamunkey River 06-18-2022 Jason Emmel Picture
Bowfin 10 lbs. 12 oz. Chickahominy River 07-31-2016 Patrick Pendergrass Picture
Carp** 60 lbs. Private Pond 07-05-1970 Ben Topham
Common Carp 45 lbs. 7 oz. Claytor Lake 10-15-2016 Hae Kim Picture
Gar 23 lbs. 0 oz. Pamunkey River 08-13-2021 Shawn Kennedy Picture
Goldfish 3 lbs. 9 oz. Hunting Creek (City of Alexandria) 05-22-2021 Jeremy Fortner Picture
Flathead Catfish 44 lbs. 8 oz. Belmont Bay 07-07-2020 David B. Raines Picture

** Denotes record fish was caught before using new State Record Fish Rules adopted in 1985.


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