Flathead Catfish


Flathead Catfish Fishing Trip

Just a few dates left for the 2019 season still available. Also taking reservations for Summer, 2020.

Flathead catfish thrive in the flatwaters of the James River, in Richmond, Virginia.  Additional species available to catch in this area include sunfish, smallmouth bass, channel cats, blue catfish, longnose gar and largemouth bass. 

Your guide will lead your fishing experience from a 12-foot raft or 14-foot jon boat.  The raft offers great stability on the flatwaters and is comfortable on a downriver float for up to three anglers while the jon boat is great for moving up and down the river with two anglers.  

Start off fishing for sunfish and smallmouth bass through riffles, pools and islands.  When you arrive at the catfish holes, you will switch out your fishing gear and do battle with catfish in the 10-30 pound range.  So far, the James River Fishing School record flathead in this area is 39 pounds.  That is a big fish in less than ten feet of water! 

Enjoy this incredible half day fishing experience.  Departure time is generally 7AM but later times are available. Morning trips are highly recommended as you are off the water before the afternoon heat.  You'll meet your guide at Huguenot Flatwater in the James River Park System.  Click on the following link for directions:  Huguenot Flatwater

Come and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and excellent fishing.  You will love our guides!

        5 Hour / Half-Day Fishing (Jon Boat):  One or two people,  $395.   
        5 Hour / Half-Day Fishing (Raft):  Up to three people, $395.
All tackle, gear and bottled water provided.


For More Information
Or to book a Summer 2020 Flathead Catfish Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or Mike@DiscovertheJames.com 


Top, left photo:  Stuart is proudly displaying a nice flathead catfish caught from the raft.  One of many from a fine day of fishing on the James River.
-- Photo by Discover the James
To the right:  Jack and his grandfather John enjoyed a guided flathead fishing trip.  Here, Jack is holding his first citation fish, a 26-pound flathead catfish!  You can still ask Jack how many fish he caught that day and he'll tell you exactly how many! 
-- Photo by Jack's grandfather, John Wetlaufer
To the left:  Kate and her dad are holding a longnose gar.  This fish was a surprise catch while out on a flathead fishing trip.  Kate hooked the toothy prehistoric fish and we all gasped as the gar jumped out of the water, and the mouth full of teeth shook in fury only inches away from the rubber raft.  Kate is now close to graduating college ... wow, sometimes I look at these images and can't believe I've been guiding so long! Time flies while on the James River. 
-- Photo by Discover the James


What do people have to say about this trip?  "This fishing trip is a gem and right here in the heart of the Capital of Virginia ... Richmond!  This river is rich in history and scenery, but what's going on right now with the fishing is fantastic.   I guarantee you will love this trip." 
-Warren T.