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

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

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

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

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

  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 Prediction

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. Largemouth Bass

  2. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 43.75% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 14 Largemouth Bass counted.

  3. Black Crappie

  4. Black Crappie

    There is a 25% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 8 Black Crappie counted.

  5. Striped Bass

  6. Striped Bass

    There is a 21.88% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 7 Striped Bass counted.

  7. Bluegill

  8. Bluegill

    There is a 3.12% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1 Bluegill counted.

  9. Spotted Bass

  10. Spotted Bass

    There is a 3.12% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 1 Spotted Bass counted.

  11. White Bass

  12. White Bass

    There is a 3.12% catch rate for White Bass, based on 1 White Bass counted.

Recommedations above based on 6 species of fish and 32 fish counted for May around Buggs Island Lake.

To date, there are 6 species of fish and a total of 32 fish counted for Buggs Island Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Buggs Island Lake Fishing Reports

  • Fishing Report – April 7 2022
    4/7/2022 6:00:00 AM - Striper and white bass fishing is good below Kerr Dam. Bucktails and live shad are the best bait. With the current lake level fishing has slowed in some spots. Bass fishing is

  • Fishing Report – March 31 2022
    3/31/2022 6:11:00 AM - With the predicted rains fishing success will depend on patience. Target mud lines where muddy creek water enters the main lake or river. Chartreuse or red/orange rattling bai

  • Fishing Report – March 24 2022
    3/24/2022 6:09:00 AM - Stripers are biting well on live shad. Fishing is good from Nutbush Creek to Palmers Point and from the mouth of Eastland Creek to Butchers Creek. The stripers appear to be mo

  • Fishing Report – March 17 2022
    3/17/2022 6:08:00 AM - Some good catches of bass are being made on main lake points on jig ‘n pig slow-rolled spinnerbaits and rattling crankbaits. Bass are also being caught by anglers fishing the

  • Fishing Report – March 10 2022
    3/10/2022 6:05:00 AM - The temperatures in the past week and the expected higher temperatures in the coming weeks should show fish beginning to feed heavily prior to their spawning. Some good bass a

  • Fishing Report – March 3 2022
    3/3/2022 7:03:00 AM - With the weather trying to start warming up water temperatures have been up and down and bass and crappie are on the feed. Bass may generally be found near their normal spawni

  • Fishing Report – February 24 2022
    2/24/2022 11:19:56 AM - With the recent advent of warm weather water temperatures are rising and bass and crappie are on the feed. Bass may generally be found near their normal spawning grounds holdi

  • Fishing Report – February 17 2022
    2/17/2022 6:37:00 AM - Largemouth bass fishing is fair on main lake points in six feet of water near rocks. Crankbaits spinnerbaits and five inch chartreuse/pepper grubs are the preferred baits. Cra

  • Fishing Report – February 10 2022
    2/10/2022 5:35:00 AM - Please use the utmost caution when boating on our state’s waters this week. The outdoor temperatures are cold and the water is cold enough to cause hypothermia and possible de

  • Fishing Report – February 3 2022
    2/3/2022 4:41:00 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

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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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