Cast your line and reel in the big one during your trip to Smith Mountain Lake! There are so many great opportunities to fish during your stay in a Premier Vacation Rentals property. Whether you’re hoping to catch your dinner or you simply want to spend a day on the water, there’s no better place than our gorgeous lake. Find out everything you need to know about fishing at Smith Mountain Lake!

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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake

Get Your License

Before you head out on the boat, be sure to acquire a Smith Mountain Lake fishing license. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has made it easy to buy licenses online. You can also purchase them in-person from many license agents. Once you’ve purchased your license, you’re ready to start your fishing adventure!

Rent a Boat

If you’re staying in a home from Premier Vacation Rentals, getting a boat is easy! When you book your home with us, let us know you would like to make a reservation for a boat rental. We’ll provide you with the number for SML Premier Boats, who will deliver and pick-up the vessel right to your rental home! You’ll also receive a discount.

Head Out on the Water

Once you’ve acquired your license and your boat, you’re ready to fish! Many of the homes from Premier Vacation Rentals come with a boat ramp, so you’ll be able to launch your boat with ease. You can also launch from any of the local marinas or the Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

Get Some Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tips

Black bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, striper, catfish, and sunfish are some of the most sought-after species in the lake. Typically the largemouth bass is most abundant in the spring, and the striped bass are best caught in the summer. Stripers are found in the lake all year-round. The best time for fishing on Smith Mountain Lake would be the early morning or the late evening when there are fewer people on the lake. If you’re fishing off the dock of your rental home, you’ll likely have more privacy and more luck catching something in the middle of the day.

Get a Guide

One of the best ways to fish on the lake is with the help of a Smith Mountain Lake fishing guide! They can take you out, show you the ropes, give you plenty of helpful tips for fishing the lake, and hopefully help you catch something impressive.

Stay with Premier Vacation Rentals

There’s no better place to stay during your Smith Mountain Lake fishing trip than a gorgeous house from Premier Vacation Rentals. We have the best selection of homes on the lake, from luxury rentals to cozy cabins. We even have a selection of pet-friendly homes! And with so many of our properties featuring docks and boat launches, it’s easy to have a fishing adventure.

Browse our selection of rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.