Smith Mountain Lake
Current Temperature:
39°
Est Water Temperature:
37° (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
29.73 (Normal)
Wind Speed:
North at 03 Knots (3 MPH)
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Smith Mountain Lake
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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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Guest
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):
Largemouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 37 degrees. If you have a chance to get out on the water, you are going to have to fish deep and slow. Jig fishing and Plastic baits may be your best bet this time of year for largemouth bass. You may also try fishing some sinking jerk baits.
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):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 37 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie fishing is sometimes at its best with the water temperature down this low. Crappie will be in large schools and follow the large shad schools around in extremely deep water. Find the deepest parts of your lake in old river channels and scan your graph for schooling shad. When you find the school, drop your plastics or live bait down to the bottom of the shad and get ready. Many crappie fishermen will be catching awesome numbers and size of fish this time of year. If you are brave enough to get out on the water this time when the water temperature is this cold, it can really pay off. Be careful out there, remember to boat safely. Never take any chances at these temperatures.
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Rating:
3
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye function very well in the colder water temperatures. Try fishing some open flats and definitely use live bait when the water temperature is this low. Plastics with scent added will also produce results, but nothing beats live bait for walleye.
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 going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
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:

New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!

Sunrise:

08:17 EST

Sunset:

18:48 EST

Moon Phase:


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