SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING REP
SML GUIDE SERVICE
PHONE NO: 540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950
Picture:: Jeff Marsh from Smith Mtn. lake with a nice summer striper caught this week.
OVERVIEW: Fishing has improved the past few weeks. Water temperature has been extremely high. Night fishing for bass has been good the past few weeks. Most species of fish are in their summer patterns.. Look for striper fishing to continue to improve! Water temperature will be in the middle 80’s to near 90.
Largemouth Bass- Fishing will be good this month. Best lures will be Neko rigs, drop shot rigs, crank baits, shaky heads, Carolina rigs, large plastic worms and top water lures. Most largemouth bass will be caught on points, ledges rock piles, brush piles and deep docks. Best depths will be from the surface to 25 feet deep. Largemouth bass will feed mainly at night this month. Points, rocks, stumps and brush are a key factor to finding bass this month. Please release the bass quickly during hot months.
Smallmouth Bass- Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, ledges, and main channel points. Best lures will be Ned rigs, hair jigs, drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended around schools of shad. Cloudy days are good times to try your luck! Light line will increase your chances to catch smallmouth bass. Night fishing will be fair.
Striped Bass- Fishing will be good. Stripers will be caught in the lower to mid sections of the lake and in
the larger creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, top water lures, jigging spoons and Zoom flukes fished on 1/2 to 3/4 oz. lead heads. The best depths will be from near the surface to 80 feet deep. Vertical jigging is one of the best methods to catch stripers in the hot months. Try to find areas with the largest concentrations of baitfish. Fishing at night will be poor this month. Some schools of stripers will surface early morning and late afternoon this month. Live bait fished on planner boards and down lines are also good methods this month.
Crappie- Fishing for crappie will be poor this month. They will be found 15 to 30 feet deep. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, stumps 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.
TIP OF THE Month: Hot water temperatures will cause the fish to slow their metabolism down. Fishing during the early morning, late afternoon and night is usually the best time to fish. To avoid the boat traffic and the hot sun you should try fishing at night! Make sure you wear your life jacket and never fish alone at night! Make sure your running lights are on after dark! You can never be too careful when boating. Remember to please practice catch and release! PLEASE TAKE A KID FISHING!