Flathead Catfish


Flathead Catfish Fishing Trip

Now Booking for 2022


Flathead catfish lurk in the James River, in and around Richmond, Virginia.  Your guide will lead you down the slow moving James on a 12-foot raft. The raft offers great stability and is comfortable on the downriver float.  The raft is perfect for two anglers, and can accomodate up to three.  

While on the raft, you may catch any of the following species: bluegill, smallmouth bass, channel cats, blue catfish, longnose gar, largemouth bass and number of different species of sunfish. 

Start off with light line fishing for sunfish and smallmouth bass along the shoreline, in pools and and around a number of small islands.  Upon arrival at the catfish holes, you will switch out your fishing gear and do battle with catfish in the 5-30 pound range.  The raft record flathead in this area is 39 pounds.  That is a big fish in mainly shallow water! 

This is a morning fishing trip that departs generally at 7:00 am, but you can start as late as early as 6:00 am and as late as 8:00 am.  You'll meet your guide at Huguenot Flatwater in the James River Park System.  Click the following link for directions:  Huguenot Flatwater

Come and enjoy the fishing, scener and wildlife.  You will love this trip and our guides!

        5 Hour / Half-Day Raft Fishing):  One or Two People, $425.
All tackle, gear and bottled water provided.


For More Information
Or to book a Summer 2022 Flathead Catfish Fishing Trip:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or Mike@DiscovertheJames.com 


Top, left photo: Our dearly departed friend, 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 fished with his grandfather John and both enjoyed their day with flatheads.  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 has now graduated college and is married ... wow, sometimes I look at these images and can't believe I've been guiding so long! Time flies while on the James River but thankfully it is the local fountain of youth.
-- Photo by Capt. Mike


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.