Welcome to FishingNotes.com Smith Mountain Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Smith Mountain Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
State:
Virginia
Latitude:
37.104501
Maximum Depth (ft):
140
County:
Bedford
Longitude:
-79.640080
Normal Elevation (ft):
795
Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir
Water Clarity:
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
20600
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
Other
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2010-02-08
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 40
Fishing report Jan 8 2010OVERVIEW: Stiper fishing has been great. Hundreds of dish have been caught and released in the past few weeks. Huge schools of striped bass have been showing up in numerous locations. The fishing should remain good until the water temperature drops into the 30s from the 40s. Water clarity is good. For the rest of professional fishing guide Capt. Dale Wilson fishing report go to http://www.smithmountainlake.com/fun/lakerWeekly/wb/232196
Guest
2010-02-08
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
"Fishing Report January 2010 - You know what would be awesome? If the weather would be normal for once. I'm tired of cold, rain and wind. This is the worst that the ice has ever been at Smith Mountain Lake. Even during the coldest winters we've had in the past, only thin sheets of ice would form in the backs of the creeks, but check these pics out. Took 4 hours to break ice just to get 100 yards: For more fishing reports from Captain Todd go to TheShadTaxi webiste. http://www.theshadtaxi.com/index.html or contact him at 540-797-2528"
Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Lake has thousands of docks, as well as a lot of flooded timber. pitching docks with jigs or shakey head worm is usually productive.
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Smith Mountain Lake at 54 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is getting ready to ramp up. The male bass will start moving up from deep water toward spawning coves and the big ones are right behind them. This is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. The female bass will start feeding at this water temperature in preparation for spawn. The male bass may be up shallow especially on sunny afternoons. Fishing sunny spawning grounds that are receiving the warm spring time sun is a great way to get a few largemouth bass in the boat.
Smith Mountain Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- fish humps, islands, and shoals. my biggest bronze here was 4 lbs
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 54 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Rating:
3
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The walleye are coming off of the spawn now. Fish will be feeding very more aggressive making up for lost time eating during the spawn. Walleye will start moving back to their typical structure of choice and should be getting into the lake flats and deep structure. It?s time to hit the water. This may be the best water temperature to be on the water. There shouldn?t be too many fishermen on the water this early and there are many species that are hitting their prime water temperatures to be biting very well. Have fun today!
Smith Mountain Lake Catfish Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Don\'t limit your fishing for these monsters to just night time. Contrary to popular belief you can catch just as many of these fish during the day light hours as you can at night. I am one who has done it, and prefers fishing during the day for catfish.
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
2.5
Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- floating worms work well here
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Smith Mountain Lake White Bass Rating:
2.5
Smith Mountain Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- great lake for stripers. fish at night due to water clarity, or fish deep. use map and gps to find clear areas due to standing timber down deep when lake was flooded
Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

Sunrise:

06:03 EST

Sunset:

20:28 EST

Moon Phase:


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