Carp fishing in Virginia is a real treat. Virginia has some excellent fishing but you often have to compete with other fisherman for spots. However, few people in Virginia have tried carp fishing. Carp fishing in Virginia is a chance to target a massive game fish without the competition. I fish some of northern Virginia’s most pressured lakes. And while those lakes are crawling with bass fisherman and cat fisherman, I am the only person fishing for carp.
Locations for Carp Fishing in Virginia
My favorite carp fishing spots in Virginia include Occoquan reservoir and the tidal Potomac river. However, Claytor lake, Lake Prince, Smith Mountain Lake and Kerr reservoir also good carp fishing lakes.
If you want to do some river carp fishing, the James river, Rappahanock river, Shenandoah river, Appomattox river and New River are excellent.
Carp Fishing in Virginia: Baits
Because so few people go carp fishing in Virginia, just about any bait will work. Corn, particle baits and oatmeal are very effective baits. The key is to find a bait the catfish and blue gill will leave alone so that you can catch carp.
Carp Species in Virginia
The most common carp in Virginia the common carp. But there are decent populations of mirror carp and linear carp here too. The mirror carp in Virginia have a thicker body and longer tail than mirror carp in some other places.
Grass carp have been stocked in some smaller lakes and ponds in order to control the aquatic vegetation. Lake Royal in Fairfax County has a few grass carp.
Virginia Record Carp
The Virginia state records for carp is 49lb’s 4 oz. from lake Prince. The For more information on carp and carp fishing in Virginia check out the DGIF’s website.