SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING REPORT
SML GUIDE SERVICE
PHONE NO: 540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950
OVERVIEW: The weather has turned to summer time. Fishing has been different due to the rapidly changing weather. Water temperature will be in the 70’s. Most species of fish will be starting to feed in their summer post spawn patterns this month.
Largemouth Bass-Fishing will be good. Best lures will be Carolina rids, crank baits, Thunder Sticks, top water lures and shakey heads. Most largemouth bass will be caught on main points, humps, brush piles and deep docks. Largemouth bass will also feed at night when the shad come shallow. Most largemouth bass will start to move to areas to post spawn areas.. Best depths will be from the surface to 15 feet deep. Bass will start to feed on top water this month.
Smallmouth Bass- Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be humps, ledges and main points. Best lures will be jig & pig, top water lures, hair jigs and crank baits. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will start to feed in open water on shad this month. Cloudy days are good times to try your luck! Light line and smaller lures work best most of the time.
Striped Bass- Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the mid to lower sections of the lake.
and the larger creeks. Best lures will be Alabama rigs, swim baits, buck tails, Thunder Sticks, Red fins and Zoom flukes fished with 3/8 to 1/2 oz. lead heads. Live bait will also be productive. The best depths will be from the surface to 40 feet deep. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Night fishing should be a fair time to try your luck.
Crappie-Fishing for crappie will be fair this month. They will be found in 5 to 15 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, and brush piles in the mid to upper parts of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½ to 2 inch tubes or shad shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16 to 1/8 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month. Most crappie will have spawned this month.
TIP OF THE Month: Try fishing early morning and late afternoon. Please practice catch and release. Remember to always wear your life jacket and attach your kill switch. Warmer water temperatures and clearer water will make fish start to feed more at night this month.