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


  5. Unknown
    11/11/2012 5:04:13 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
    11/11/2012 5:04:12 PM -



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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. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 27.91% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 24 Bluegill counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  3. Redbreast Sunfish

  4. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 27.91% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 24 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

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  5. Green Sunfish

  6. Green Sunfish

    There is a 22.09% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 19 Green Sunfish counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

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  7. Black Crappie

  8. Black Crappie

    There is a 5.81% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 5 Black Crappie counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  9. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

  10. Pumpkinseed Sunfish

    There is a 5.81% catch rate for Pumpkinseed Sunfish, based on 5 Pumpkinseed Sunfish counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Pumpkinseed Sunfish Counts Chart
    Pumpkinseed

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  11. Largemouth Bass

  12. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 4.65% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 4 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  13. Chain Pickerel

  14. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 2 Chain Pickerel counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Chain Pickerel Counts Chart
    Chain

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  15. Bluespotted Sunfish

  16. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 1.16% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 1 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Bluespotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Bluespotted

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  17. Spotted Sunfish

  18. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 1.16% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 1 Spotted Sunfish counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Spotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  19. Striped Bass

  20. Striped Bass

    There is a 1.16% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 1 Striped Bass counted.

    Buggs Island Lake Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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Recommendations above based on 10 species of fish and 86 fish counted for February around Buggs Island Lake.

To date, there are 31 species of fish and a total of 2394 fish counted for Buggs Island Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/6/1940 (83 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 1:49:01 AM

*** 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 – February 2 2023
    2/2/2023 5:25:00 AM - Bass action is fair to good on spinnerbaits and live shad in 6-8 feet of water off points. Crappie are taking small minnows over creek channels and brushpiles particularly in


  • Fishing Report – January 26 2023
    1/26/2023 5:22:00 AM - Bass fishing is fair with small fish being taken on jig ‘n pig and crankbaits in 6-12 feet of water on points. The larger fish are halfway back in the coves feeding in late af


  • Fishing Report – January 19 2023
    1/19/2023 4:18:00 AM - Striper fishing is good with live bait and 3/8 ounce bucktails producing the better catches. Largemouth bass are favoring the main lake gravel points and may be caught on 10+


  • Fishing Report – January 12 2023
    1/12/2023 5:00:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) After a brief respite colder temperatures will back throughout the area over the weekend. Water will be freezing around launch ramps in t


  • Fishing Report – January 5 2023
    1/5/2023 5:00:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) The warmer temperatures after the freeze have not stopped the fish from biting but freezing temperatures will return soon so beware. Some


  • Fishing Report – December 29 2022
    12/29/2022 5:00:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) With the extreme cold weather throughout the state icy conditions are prevalent. Keep this in mind when launching boats as the ramps are


  • Fishing Report – December 22 2022
    12/22/2022 5:00:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) Even with the cold weather coming in throughout the area anglers should still be able to catch fish. Look for bass to become active on sh


  • Fishing Report – December 15 2022
    12/15/2022 5:18:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) With water temperatures getting low the fish are holding in the normal wintertime haunts in deep water. Lots of good fish are being taken


  • Fishing Report – December 8 2022
    12/8/2022 4:43:00 AM - Overview: (skip below to view report) Most gamefish are holding in deeper water during this season of the year. Unless there is a warm water discharge in the vicinity the fish


  • Fishing Report – December 1 2022
    12/1/2022 4:16:00 AM - Overview: Most gamefish are holding in deeper water during this season of the year. Unless there is a warm water discharge in the vicinity the fish will be deep and very slugg


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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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