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.
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.