Mattaponi River - Regulations

General Regulations

See the fishing regulations section on the web at: DGIF

Blue Catfish

There is a possession limit of one blue catfish larger than 32 inches per person per day. There is no creel limit for blue catfish less than 32 inches in Virginia's tidal rivers.

Anadromous Species

Regulations regarding season and creel limits for American shad, hickory shad, river herring, and striped bass are set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). For season information contact VMRC in Newport News at 1-800-541-4646 or on the web at: VMRC

Above Route 360, fishing for American and hickory shad is strictly catch and release only - No possession.