Friday, October 9, 2009

Fall Fishing Frenzy at Smith Mountain Lake

October fishing report
Provided by professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson

OVERVIEW: October is the beginning of the fall fishing frenzy. Most species of fish will feed aggressively in preparation for the winter. Water temperature will be in the low 70s to the mid-60s. Water clarity is good.

Largemouth bass: Fishing is good. Fish can be caught on crankbaits, shaky heads, jigs, spinnerbaits, Carolina rigs and surface lures.

Largemouth bass will feed on shad and crawfish. Some fish will school this month. Rocky points, docks, humps and brush piles will be the best areas to try your luck. Try to find concentrations of shad.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is fair. Best lures will be tubes, jerkbaits, shaky heads and top-water lures. Best areas will be rocky points and humps in the lower to mid-sections of the main rivers. Smallmouth bass will suspend around schools of shad this month.

Striped bass: Fishing is good. Fish will feed best early to mid-morning and late afternoon. Zoom flukes fished on 38- to 12-oz. lead heads, swim baits, surface poppers, jigging spoons and live shad will be the best baits to catch stripers this month. Fish also can be caught trolling umbrella rigs on lead core line. Most fish will be caught in the mid- to upper sections of both rivers. Night fishing will be fair. Stripers will surface this month.

Crappie: Fishing is good. Fish can be caught around docks and brush 10 to 15 feet deep. Small jigs, tubes fished on small jig heads and live minnows will catch fish this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks and the upper sections of both rivers.

TIP OF THE MONTH: Water clarity usually is a key factor in the type and size of line to use when fishing for most species of fish. Lighter test line and fluorocarbon will work better this time of year.

Photo above - Courtesy of Dale Wilson. Showing off the stripers they caught while fishing with Capt. Dale Wilson are (from left) Maj. David Cope of Forest, John Farnandez of Smith Mountain Lake and the Rev. Herbert Moore of Lynchburg.

For more information about Smith Mountain Lake click here

500 miles of shoreline 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 gamefish 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 gamefish contingent.

Whether you’re new to fishing or just new to the lake, a popular way to learn the ins and outs of our huge lake is hiring a pro. Our professional fishing guides are listed and linked below. To check out the great fishing tournaments held at the lake, click here.

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is just a 15 miles to Smith Mountain Lake. We are the exit you take off Highway 220 to get to The Lake. Stay in historic district of Rocky Mount and your Innkeeper Shellie can give you directions to plenty of sights in and around the lake.


Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia