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Smith Mountain Lake Fishing

Smith Mountain Lake Fishing

Smith Mountain Lake is a man-made lake located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, USA. The lake was created in the 1960s by the construction of the Smith Mountain Dam on the Roanoke River, and it is the largest lake in Virginia, covering over 20,600 acres. Smith Mountain Lake has a vast expanse of over 40 miles, 220 feet deep at the dam, and encompassed by 500 miles of shoreline. At full pond, the lake's water level reaches an elevation of 795 feet above sea level. Smith Mountain Lake is a popular fishing destination in Virginia, known for its diverse fish population and beautiful scenery.

The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Striped Bass. There are also Crappie, Bluegill, and many other species of Sunfish. Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish are also popular targets for anglers.

There are several marinas and boat rental services at Smith Mountain Lake that offer fishing boats, equipment, and guides. The lake also has numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year, which attracts some of the best professional anglers in the country. Overall, Smith Mountain Lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. Whether you are a seasoned angler or a beginner, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundance of fish at this popular Virginia lake.



Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Smith Mountain Lake, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Largemouth Bass

  2. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 25% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 5 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  3. Smallmouth Bass

  4. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 25% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 5 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart
    Smallmouth

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE SMALLMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Black Crappie

  6. Black Crappie

    There is a 15% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 3 Black Crappie counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE BLACK CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART


  7. Striped Bass

  8. Striped Bass

    There is a 15% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3 Striped Bass counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 10% catch rate for Flounder, based on 2 Flounder counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  11. Gizzard Shad

  12. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 5% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 1 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE GIZZARD SHAD COUNTS CHART


  13. Yellow Perch

  14. Yellow Perch

    There is a 5% catch rate for Yellow Perch, based on 1 Yellow Perch counted.

    Smith Mountain Lake Yellow Perch Counts Chart
    Yellow

    ENLARGE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE YELLOW PERCH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 7 species of fish and 20 fish counted for February around Smith Mountain Lake.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 682 fish counted for Smith Mountain Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/22/2024 4:15:07 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Smith Mountain Lake are the following:

  1. Oak Grove Ramp


  2. Witcher Creek


  3. SML-050


  4. BRUSH2348


  5. Pleasure Point


  6. Redbreast Sunfish


  7. ROCK PT2111


  8. ROCK PT2110


  9. Redbreast Sunfish


  10. Redbreast Sunfish


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Top Smith Mountain Lake Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Captain's Quarters
    Captain's Quarters is your One Stop Shop on the lake for everything you need. We are the largest tackle shop on the lake. We have pontoon & pleasure boats for rent, jet skis for rent, tubes and all the bait and tackle you will need to enjoy

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Top Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Guide Service
    We are the premiere largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing guide service on Smith Mountain Lake in south west Virginia

  2. Pullin Drag Striper Guide Service
    Captain Wendell Is A Fishing Guide With Over 19 Years Experience Serving Smith Mountain Lake.

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Top Smith Mountain Lake Marinas

  1. Bridgewater Marina
    #1 FOR SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE BOAT RENTALS

  2. Parkway Marina


  3. Captain's Quarters
    Captain's Quarters is your One Stop Shop on the lake for everything you need. We are the largest tackle shop on the lake. We have pontoon & pleasure boats for rent, jet skis for rent, tubes and all the bait and tackle you will need to enjoy

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