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22,000 acres of water with countless tributaries and coves make Smith Mountain Lake a picture perfect and angler perfect destination. Locals don’t blink an eye at a 20-pound striper in this paradise for fishing.

Stripers helped make the lake famous for its fishing but our waters also host excellent populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies and bluegills. Other game fish of note dwell in the lake as well, and all have their followers. Channel catfish are found in the deeper points of the lake and there is a dedicated group of walleye hunters. Muskies, white bass, rock bass and redbreast sunfish round out the game fish contingent.

The licensing requirements can be found on the Virginia Commonwealth web page and the license can be purchased on line  – or you can purchase a license at nearly any local store that offers gas, or food, like even the Food Lion.  You do need a liscense to fish off the dock as well.

Many resources are available about the fishing opportunities at Smith Mountain Lake and in Virginia.

If fly fishing is your desire then we have several resources as well as per-arranged fly fishing tours if you desire. Staying at Premier Vacation Rentals at Smith Mountain Lake has never been easier – so if you desire to have this package added to your stay then let us know.

The James River in Botetourt County is another of the most popular spots in the region for angling. With the Upper James River Water Trail, there are multiple entry points for the river, giving you easy opportunities to cast your line. You can also book a guided fishing trip on the James River . Learn more about fishing on the James River.

You might leave the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with some great fish stories, and your tales can actually be true!

Many local rivers and Smith Mountain Lake fishing areas are proud partners of Fish Virginia First – an initiative that highlights the amazing fishing throughout the state of Virginia. Fishing is one of our favorite things to do around Smith Mountain Lake; why not try it out for yourself!