Buggs Island Lake Fishing

Buggs Island Lake Fishing

Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir, is Virginia's largest lake with over 800 miles of shoreline and 50,000 acres of freshwater. The dam was built from 1947 through 1952 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a few hundred feet upstream from an island belonging to the descendants of Samuel Bugg, and was known as the Bugg Island Project. Some of the best freshwater fishing in Virginia can be found on this lake.

The world record Blue Catfish was caught Saturday night June 18th, 2011 weighing 143 pounds. Like so many lakes in the region, Buggs Island is also known for Bass. The Bass population has a lot of success breeding in Buggs Island, which means anglers can commonly reel in specimens that are between 2 and 4 pounds. The best spots for Bass fishing are at the upper end of the lake. However, populations can also be quite abundant near the creek outlets.

There is also a growing population of Striped Bass. This species is not as prolific as its Largemouth relatives, but it is still a common catch. In the summer, when the fish are spawning, the populations tend to move to the north. However, in the cooler months, the fish may be spread out more to the south end of the lake.

Buggs Island fishing is also popular for Crappie. The Crappie population is best during the winter and early spring. However, you are likely to hook Crappie all throughout the year thanks to the strong local breeding. If you give Buggs Island fishing a go, you might also catch fish like White Bass, White Perch, Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish.



Top Buggs Island Lake Fishing Spots

  1. Island Point
    10/21/2016 4:29:55 PM - This point on the island has good deep ledges.


  2. Grassy Creek Boat Ramp
    6/9/2019 8:50:56 PM -


  3. Rocks
    6/9/2019 8:51:01 PM -


  4. Unknown
    11/11/2012 5:04:13 PM -


  5. Rock Pile
    6/9/2019 8:51:01 PM -


  6. Submerged Bridge
    12/22/2016 9:01:56 PM -  Submerged Bridge


  7. Keysville Reservoir
    4/11/2013 3:05:13 AM -


  8. Unknown
    11/11/2012 5:04:12 PM -


  9. Unknown
    11/11/2012 5:04:11 PM -


  10. Unknown
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Buggs Island Lake Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Buggs Island Lake, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Redbreast Sunfish

  2. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 56.96% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 176 Redbreast Sunfish counted.


  3. Bluegill

  4. Bluegill

    There is a 16.83% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 52 Bluegill counted.


  5. Roanoke Bass

  6. Roanoke Bass

    There is a 8.09% catch rate for Roanoke Bass, based on 25 Roanoke Bass counted.


  7. Green Sunfish

  8. Green Sunfish

    There is a 6.8% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 21 Green Sunfish counted.


  9. Largemouth Bass

  10. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 6.47% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 20 Largemouth Bass counted.


  11. Redear Sunfish

  12. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 2.27% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 7 Redear Sunfish counted.


  13. Channel Catfish

  14. Channel Catfish

    There is a 1.29% catch rate for Channel Catfish, based on 4 Channel Catfish counted.


  15. Flathead Catfish

  16. Flathead Catfish

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Flathead Catfish, based on 1 Flathead Catfish counted.


  17. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  18. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 1 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.


  19. Spotted Sunfish

  20. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 0.32% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 1 Spotted Sunfish counted.


Recommedations above based on 11 species of fish and 309 fish counted for September around Buggs Island Lake.

To date, there are 31 species of fish and a total of 2354 fish counted for Buggs Island Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1893 (129 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 1:20:39 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Buggs Island Lake Fishing Reports

  • Fishing Report – July 14 2022
    7/14/2022 4:21:00 AM - 10-12 pound Striper are being caught vertical jigging with Hopkins and Salty Dog spoons and jigs. Trolling with bucktails and Redfins is also working well. Better areas are Nu


  • Fishing Report – July 7 2022
    7/7/2022 4:20:00 AM - Early morning anglers fishing deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastic lizards in 18-22 feet of water on creek and main lake points are catching largemouth bass. Str


  • Fishing Report – June 30 2022
    6/30/2022 4:18:00 AM - This will be a busy weekend on the water. Please be safe and WEAR your PFD. Remember to drink plenty of WATER or fluids with electrolytes. Dehydration is never a good idea. Be


  • Fishing Report – June 23 2022
    6/23/2022 4:17:00 AM - With the lake level stable bass are found on main lake points in the buckbrush. Best pattern appears to be fishing Carolina-rigged plastic baits on main lake and secondary poi


  • Fishing Report – June 16 2022
    6/16/2022 4:15:00 AM - The lake is at full pool and stable. Bass action is slow with most of the fish being caught on Carolina rigged Zoom lizards and worms in pumpkin pepper colors. Fish these bait


  • Fishing Report – June 9 2022
    6/9/2022 4:13:00 AM - Waters throughout the state are lightly stained to muddy due to the large amount of rain received over the past week or so. That being said boaters need to be aware of floatin


  • Fishing Report – June 2 2022
    6/2/2022 4:12:00 AM - Bass are still found in the buck brush. Others are found on standing flooded gum trees. Bass are also being caught on Carolina rigged lizards and worms in pumpkin pepper or gr


  • Fishing Report – May 26 2022
    5/26/2022 4:10:00 AM - Bass fishing is picking up with best fishing on the points and in the buck brush using plastic worms. Bass are burrowed deep in the bushes. Topwater baits or rapidly retrieved


  • Fishing Report – May 19 2022
    5/19/2022 5:09:00 AM - Water level is around 303 and stable. Bass are still feeding. Spinnerbaits in the coves with particular attention to points are a good choice. Creature baits dropped into the


  • Fishing Report – May 12 2022
    5/12/2022 5:06:00 AM - With the frequency of cold fronts and rain over the past couple of weeks fishing has been on and off. When the rains let up the fish start biting. When the rains resume they t


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Top Buggs Island Lake Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Bobcat's Bait & Tackle
    Come see us for all your fishing needs!

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Top Buggs Island Lake Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Buggs Island Guide Service
    Buggs Island Guide Service (B.I.G.S.) is a fishing guide service for the John H. Kerr Reservoir, which lies on the NC/VA border. B.I.G.S. is owned and operated by Dewey Edwards of Clarksville, VA.  Dewey is well known and respected in the Kerr L

  2. Redbeard Cats Guide Service
    Guided catfishing trips on Kerr Lake with Cap't. Redbeard! Come catch a trophy blue or flathead catfish with us. Trips starting as low as $300

  3. Topwater Guide Service


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