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Pamunkey River - Fishing Opportunities

Black Bass

Largemouth Bass

Tidal River Largemouth Bass Outlook

Fishing for this species is best from below the Route 360 Bridge downstream to Brickhouse (several river miles below Lester Manor). In this tidal river, anglers can expect good numbers of largemouth in the 1 3 pound range, with very few largemouth larger than this.

Smallmouth Bass

Prior to the introduction of spotted bass in the mid-1980's anglers found numbers of smallmouth in the Pamunkey from the confluence of the North Anna and South Anna rivers to the Route 360 Bridge. Spotted bass have now replaced smallmouth as the most abundant black bass in much of this section of the Pamunkey.

Spotted Bass

This species is abundant in the Pamunkey from the confluence of the North Anna and South Anna rivers to the Route 360 Bridge, unfortunately they are seldom larger than 12 inches, or 1 pounds.

Catfish

Tidal River Blue Catfish

Blue catfish:

Blue catfish are abundant throughout the river below Route 360, and are increasing in number between Route 360 and Route 301. The number of blue catfish in this river is growing steadily, with blue cats up to 20 pounds common and blue catfish to 80 lbs. known to occur in the river. While catfish angling is good throughout the river, the number of citation-size blue cats is highest from the railroad trestle at White House downstream.

Channel & White Catfish:

The Pamunkey continues to support channel catfish and white catfish fisheries, with channel catfish up to four pounds common in some sections.

Striped Bass
During the open spring season, keeper striped bass are can be found throughout the Pamunkey. During the fall season, striper fishing is best in the lower river, and typically slacks off in late fall. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) sets season and size-limits for striped bass in the Pamunkey.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) sets season and size-limits for striped bass in the Pamunkey. For information, contact VMRC in Newport News at 1-800-541-4646 or on the web at: VMRC

White Perch

White perch are common throughout the tidal river, but fishing is best in the lower river during spring and summer. White perch can be caught using plastic grubs, beetle spins, or grass shrimp.