Burnsville lake in West Virginia

Discussion in 'WEST VIRGINIA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by bville darrell, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Burnsville Lake in West Virginia, is home to the muddy bottom monster's. I have caught Flatheads in this lake for over 30 years. It is common for us to land 40 to 50 # flatheads. And our biggest is 62 #. Anyone looking for information on this lake just email me. Talk later bville Darrell.
     
  2. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Triadelphia, WV
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    Walter Flack
    I have heard that Burnsville is the best flathead lake in the state, I need to plan a trip there sometime.
     

  3. Just let me know when and I show you the ropes.
     
  4. mudcat_xpress

    mudcat_xpress New Member

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    Darrel, this is Ryan Tussey, I bought a video off of you Muddy Bottom Monsters and it was great I have not forgotten to send you pictures of some of my fish I just haven't gotten the time for hardly anything. I still can not wait to come up and fish with you one day. I hope you start catching the big one now that it is cooling off at night. Well, just wanted to say hello and good luck fishin'.
     
  5. muskie_hunter

    muskie_hunter New Member

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    darell, hi.... my brother and i went to burnsville last weekend. the guy at the marina said to fish the upper pool below the dam, as we couldn't get to any of the good spots on the lake without a boat. i caught a six pound channel on a bluegill, only fish for the night. he said that sometimes 40 and 50 pounders are caught there. it seemed awful shallow to us to hold those big boys. btw i love the video and hope you guys do some more of them. i started fishing with big live bait a few years ago and have caught 3 big ones in the ohio river, after watching it.... thanks!
     
  6. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, will definately contact you when I get a chance to come down. Ok now, how do I get my hands on that video. lol
     
  7. mudcat_xpress

    mudcat_xpress New Member

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    Hey Darrel, this is Ryan from Beckley, I just recently bought a video Muddy Bottom Monsters off you. It was great! I haven't forgotten to sen you any pictures of my fish yet, I just haven't had any time. I hope to come fish with you soon. But in the mean time good luck fishin'.
     
  8. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Hey Captain Darrel Brown! I bought the Muddy Bottom Monsters video off of E-Bay and just wanted to tell you "Thank You". I really enjoyed it and have watched it numerous times. I just started fishing for Flatheads this year and the tips and information I picked up from your video were very helpful. I could really relate to you, Jamie and Chris with your down to earth, regular guy approach. I hope you guys come out with vol.2. I will buy it!
     
  9. mudcat_xpress

    mudcat_xpress New Member

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    Darrel, just wondering if the fish are biting good in the lake. Keep in touch with everyone!! Good luck fishing!
     
  10. jrm11

    jrm11 New Member

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    Darrell,
    Yesterday I went to the National Hunting and fishing Day at stonewall jackson lake. There i talked to a man by the name dave waldron. I got to talking to him about flathead fishing in burnsville lake. He was not very helpful on any info. He told me " We ain't saying unless your paying " I thought that was RUDE. Although i realize he has a buisness to run and a living to maintain. I dont feel that would help business! After that my dad and i drove to burnsville lake to see what the place was like and how far away from the house it would be. The Marina was very nice and Dave's wife took time to talk.

    If anyone has any info they would like to post i would appreciate it


    I.E. what water depth is the best to fish ?
    ( info like that, thats all the info i was looking for when talking to dave )

    i wouldnt expect for any fisherman to give there honey hole up but exchanging info could be valuable for both the inexperienced and the experienced fisherman.
     
  11. BassMassey

    BassMassey Well-Known Member

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    muddy bottom monsters??? where can i find this video?? would bass pro shop have it??? is it strictly flatties??
     
  12. Let me say I am sorry about Daves actions. Dave is not a bad guy. As for your question, I will try to help you with them. As for the water depth, FISH for flatheads I water 12' or less on Burnsville lake. Any other questions, Just ask. Maybe we can fish together next season. Darrell Brown
     
  13. You can find this video on ebay. Just type CATFISH VIDEO in the search. I keep them on there all the time. And yes it is ALL flatheads. it is 72 mins. and over three hundred lbs. taged and released. Hope this helps. Darrell
     
  14. jrm11

    jrm11 New Member

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    Darrell,
    During the fall do the flatheads pick up and bite better >?

    I'v e fished for flatheads for the last 3 yrs. and never in the fall.
    Between school and hunting season it's hard to find time.
    I've heard of fall feast for big flatheads is the best time>?<

    I figure the cats go to deeper water, but would a riffle be good to fish in the fall>?

    I fish mostly the West Fork River and and haven't produced many monsters. Although i've seen many caught between 20-50lbs.

    I've had good runs in the river, but that's been over a month ago.
    I don't know whether it's the weather or what. It hasn't been that hot lately all small ones about 10lbs.

    Any advice would be grateful...

    I fish the West Fork river from the Everson Bridge in Monogah to were it dumps into the Mon.
     
  15. This post is for JRM 11 and anyone else that may find this useful. Yes, Fall is a good time for Catfishing. You just need to change some tactics. We are now moving in to deeper water, here in Burnsville Lake. We are now fishing 12' to 18' for water and fishing on the main lake. It seems the flatheads are not moving up the coves as far as they did in the summer. We are now setting tout lines. Trying to find just where they went. This is also how we know when to start our guide service in the spring. Anyone can call me to talk to me about fishing, anytime they can catch me at home. I don't think I am aloud to post phone #s. Or email address. but you can look me up. Darrell Brown in Burnsville WV.
     
  16. Trenton Makes

    Trenton Makes New Member

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    Darrell ,I'm from New Jersey,but grow up and went to school down in Summersville.Been living in NJ for adout 22 years.I've fished,camped and hunted Burnsville Lake.The other nite I was talking to my Mom and Dad on the phone,thay was telling me a story of an old lady who fishes Burnsville a lot.Said she got a big flat head,maybe 70# plus,said it was a state record but the lady didn't know about the record.So thay didn't know if she ate it or turned it lose.Do you now adout this story ? If yes was she fishin the lake or tail waters? I fish mostly the Delaware River in Trenton.Get channel cat to 30 to32 in. is the biggest adout 12 to 15#.I get 1 or 2 big ones a year.Get a lot of straped bass,walleye,small mouth.You can go on the NJ link to see and read more.Thanks for any help on this "FISH STORY".
     
  17. bigfish

    bigfish New Member

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    trenton makes sorry to but in but i kept the article you are talking about.the fish weighed in at 76# and the article said she had it mounted. not exactly sure where on the lake, but article did say that it was from the bank, and was caught on a 8" goldfish. the wv state record is 70# and has been that since 1950.
     
  18. Trenton Makes

    Trenton Makes New Member

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  19. OK, ONE LAST TIME! This fish was not 76# nor was it a state record. The news paper will print anything for a story. I suggest you contact the West Virginia D.N.R and inquire about this. Yes there was a fish caught at Burnsville Lake on gold fish from the bank off of the parking lot. But they would not let us see it, or have a picture of it. Then they told us they turned it loose in another lake (Sutton) If you caught a fish like this, wouldn't you want everyone to see it. The state record is 52" and weighted 70# caught in 1956 by L.L. MC Clung. I challenge the news paper and or the fisherman to prove this story, and I will prove this fish was not that big. This is like the snake picture from Clay County that was proven to be fake. Darrell Brown in Burnsville
     
  20. bigfish

    bigfish New Member

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    sorry if you got affended or anything. hadnt herd that it wasnt that big of a fish until i just read your post. it was a pretty good size fish though cause that aint no small person standing behind it. but this is good news to me cause when i catch that 75# out of the kanawha this year i wont have to say its a record on paper, but that other fish was 1# bigger.