Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish Fishing Trip
2022 Spring and Fall Seasons are Fully Booked

Enjoy the blue catfishing trip from the Discovery Barge II, a 24', covered pontoon boat. This trip is great for two to four anglers. In the early 1970's the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries stocked the James with blue catfish from the Mississippi River drainage and today, it remains a nationally recognized fishery.  On the Blue Catfish Fish Trip you'll target fish in the 20-50+ pound range and can also target the stong population of smaller blues.

The James River is the home of many species of wildlife. Most notable is the bald eagle and the James is considered to be the site of the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire continent. In the fall, the river also has a population of migrating Atlantic sturgeon who swim up the river to spawn, coming from the ocean all the way up to the fall line in downtown Richmond. Over the years, their numbers seem to be growing as they breach the river's surface, sometimes in numbers that are hard to believe.  The Atlantic sturgeon is the fish that saved Jamestown, are 5 feet to 9 feet long, and can weigh over 300 pounds.   

Enjoy this fishing experience on a Half Day (5-hour) or Full Day (8-hour) trip.  
Fishing trips depart from the Richmond Yacht Basin, unless otherwise noted. 
Click on the following link for directions:  Richmond Yacht Basin, Deep Bottom Park
All fishing gear, tackle, water and snacks are provided. Limited to four passengers.
       Half-Day, 5-hour trip.  One to three anglers,  $525.   Four anglers, $575
       Full-Day, 8-hour trip.  One to three anglers,  $695.  Four anglers, $750 
For more information or to book a Blue Catfish Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or


Top, left photo:  What is better than two big blue catfish on at the same time? Three big fish on at the same time, as shown here with three lucky, happy anglers.    
-- Photo by Discover the James
To the right:  What is better than having three fish on at the same time? Watching two young kids reel in two huge fish.  Yep.
-- Photo by Discover the James
What do people have to say about this trip?  WOOT WOOT!  That is the biggest fish I have ever seen, let alone caught!  WHOOOO WHOOOO! 
-- Kate W. (Just after she boated a 60+ blue catfish)