Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Report April 2017 By Dale Wilson


April 2017
PHONE NO: 540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950


OVERVIEW- Longer days and warmer water temps will make for good fishing! Fishing has been fair to good this past month! Water temperature will be in the 50’s to low 60’s. Best times will be early morning, late afternoon, windy days and cloudy days. Striped and largemouth bass fishing has been good this past month. April is usually one of the best months to fish!

Largemouth Bass- Fishing for largemouth bass will be good this month as water temps warm and they feed heavily before the spawn. Best lures will be jigs, jerk baits, drop shots, shallow running crank baits, spinner baits, Carolina rigs and shaky heads. Most largemouth bass will be in their spawning patterns the month. Secondary points, shallow coves, rocks, stumps and docks will be the best areas to try your luck. Best depths will be from the 2 to 10 feet deep. Remember to take care of the bass during the spawn and release them! Warm days will bring the water temperatures up in the afternoons, making for a good window to catch a large bass in shallow water.

Smallmouth Bass- Fishing will be good. Best areas will be shallow humps, stumps, shallow rocky areas and secondary flats. Best lures will be tubes, jigs, jerk baits, hair jigs and medium diving crank baits. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days with wind and at night are good times to try your luck! Look for areas with rocks, stumps and flat points next to deep water. Look for humps and isolated rocks near deep water ledges. They feed heavily on crawfish around the full moon. Some smallmouth will spawn this month.

Striped Bass- Fishing will be good this month. Stripers will be caught in the mid sections of the lake, the lower section towards the dam and in the large creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails and Zoom flukes fished on 1/4 to 3/8 oz. lead heads. Best time to fish is cloudy days, early morning, windy days, night time and late afternoon. The best depths will be from the surface to 30 feet deep. Live bait fished on down lines and planner boards work good this month. They will constantly be on the move. Find the largest concentration of shad. Night fishing will be good this month. Lures like Red Fins, Thunder Sticks and large Rapalas work when the shad come to the shoreline at night.

Crappie- Fishing for crappie will be great this month. The best depths will be 2 to 12 ft. deep. Crappie will be found around docks, brush piles, and fallen trees. Docks with brush piles are usually good areas to hold crappie. Small live minnows and 1½ to 2 inch tubes or shad shaped plastic lures fished on 1/32 to 1/16 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month. Best areas are the main creeks and the upper section of the lake. Most crappie will be spawning this month.

TIP OF THE Month- Always wear your life jacket. Most fish will be caught near their spawning areas.Try to find the areas with the largest concentration of bait fish. When the water temps get above 55 degrees and the water gets very clear, you should try fishing at night. You can also hear reports about local fishing on the website: THE BASS CAST RADIO SHOW each month. Make sure your running lights are on after dark! Remember to TAKE A KID FISHING!