What is the biggest fish in Virginia?

What is the biggest fish in Virginia?

Updated: March 21, 2021

Species Weight Location
Common Carp 49 lbs. 4 oz. Lake Prince
Chain Pickerel** 7 lbs. 12 oz. Douthat Lake
Chain Pickerel 7 lbs. 10 oz. Lake Shawnee
Channel Catfish** 32 lbs. Lake Chesdin

Is there a prize for state record fish?

The first two freshwater all-tackle state records earn $100,000 each. The first two saltwater, all-tackle state records earn $100,000 each. And the big winner is the angler who catches the first new IGFA-certified, all-tackle world record. He or she gets $1 million.

What is the biggest bass caught in Virginia?

Of all Virginia fishing records, the most coveted is held by Richard Tate. It may also be the most likely to fall. Tate was fishing on Lake Conner, near South Boston, in 1985 when he boated a 16 1/4-pound largemouth bass. Ten years later it still stands as the largest ever caught in Virginia.

What is the biggest catfish ever caught in Virginia?

The current Buggs Island 143 pound fish was certified as a record catfish and broke the existing world record by an impressive thirteen pounds and also certifies as the new Virginia state record blue catfish.

What is the state fish of Virginia?

Brook troutVirginia / State fish
Brook trout are relics of the last ice age, left behind when the glaciers receded. They are Virginia’s state fish, the only salmonid native to the Commonwealth. Brook trout are brightly colored. Many have olive, orange, and dark green calico patterns; others have bright yellow and red spots.

Are there salmon in VA?

These are anadromous fish, like the steelhead and the salmon in the Pacific Northwest. So a shad, a striped bass (rockfish), and other anadromous species look at Virginia as a part-time home.

What is considered a trophy fish?

This term describes a fish that spends most of its life in a lake but moves to rivers to spawn. Applying this to rainbow trout means a quality fish is 16 inches long, a preferred fish is 20 inches long, a memorable fish is 25 inches long and a trophy fish is 30 inches long.

How do you measure a fish for state records?

You want to measure the length and girth of your fish. You want a tape measure that you can wrap around the fish and lay flat and pull tight to measure the length as well as the circumference around the thickest part of the fish’s belly.

What is the state fish of VA?

What is the biggest crappie ever caught?

All-Tackle World Record Crappie (White Crappie) This massive 21-inch long, 5-pound, 3-ounce white crappie has been the IGFA all-tackle world record for the species for over half a century. It was caught in the Yocona River below Enad Dam. Bright used an Action Rod and a Denison-Johnson reel.

What is Virginia State shell?

Virginia. Like Mississippi and Connecticut, Virginia’s official state shell is the Eastern Oyster.