Huge blue catfish from Buggs Island Lake may take record away from James River
Richmond, VA — The State Record Fish Committee of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reviewing the certification of a potential new state record blue catfish that will be only the second confirmed freshwater fish over 100 pounds in the Commonwealth. The monster weighed in at exactly 109 pounds and measured 53 inches in length with a girth of 41 inches. Certification is estimated to be completed sometime next week.
The big cat was caught by Tony Milam in Buggs Island Lake near the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke rivers. The previous state record blue catfish (102 pounds, 4 ounces) was caught in the tidal James River in 2009 by Tim Wilson. These two bodies of water have been locked in a battle for the state record blue catfish since the 90-pound mark was first topped in 2004 by a 92-pound fish from Buggs Island Lake.