ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia anglers love their channel catfish. The species is one of the most popular and most-targeted in the state. Good news for channel cat aficionados, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) now has its fall catfish stocking program in full swing.
The DWR reports 120 bodies of water around the state are receiving stockings of fish this year. Roughly 80,000 catchable-sized channel catfish will be put into those waters, an increase of 25 percent over last year.
A number of those stockings are taking place in lakes and ponds around our region.
Channel cats are easy and fun to catch. They are apex predators and voracious feeders and will hit just about any bait presentation. Some of the most popular catfish baits are nightcrawlers, cut fish, or chicken livers. They will also readily take artificial lures.
They are also great table fare, providing mild, white flaky fillets.
A list of waterways receiving stockings can be found here.