Philpott Lake

Current Temperature:

Est Water Temperature:
56° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.27 (High)

Wind Speed:
North-East at 06 Knots (7 MPH)

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Philpott Lake General Information
Welcome to Philpott 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. Philpott 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!

Philpott Lake: Nestled in the rugged foothills within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are the lake and surrounding public lands of Philpott Lake. The clear water and natural shoreline make Philpott Lake a unique place to visit. Over 6,000 acres of surrounding land, 3,000 acres of water, and a power plant make up Philpott Project located in portions of Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties. Congress authorized construction in 1944 for flood control and hydroelectric power generation as the primary purposes, and water supply and recreation as subsequent purposes. [Philpott Lake., 02/07/2008]


Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
Army Corps



Water Clarity:
6-10 ft

Water Temp Factors:

Maximum Depth (ft):

Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Philpott Lake Community Fishing Reports
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 52
Fished Ryan\'s Branch arm. Fishing slow baits in the afternoon. Caught 1 fish. Other anglers reported similar results. Fish that were caught were small. Sure to improve in coming weeks as water temps. warm.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 49
My brother an i fished philpott today in the snow 3/28/11 fishing was fair we had a limit but we fished hard when the snow stoped so did the fish .
Philpott Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

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Philpott Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
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- Target the North banks of the lake points that drop slowly. I allways do really good on a Blue nose frog this time of year .

Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Philpott Lake at 56 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Philpott Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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- use cherry seed zoom worms,and a , td minnow,and throw a headache ball carolina rigged watermelon seed 5 inch lizard,and drive a ranger boat, ha ha oh and fish the same three holes all the time, ha ha oh and talk to the fish ask them what they biting ,and fish all around the goverment dock and all around white rock

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Philpott Lake Crappie Fishing

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- My Dad and I went April 25, went up smith river caught crappy in trees on the southern bank side at about 7 ft depth, water temp was 69 deg. it was very hot that day and windy. Fish were suspended at 7 ft in 18 ft of water, in and around the tree limbs. Lost plenty of hooks. Used live minnows. C and R
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 56 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
Philpott Lake Walleye Fishing

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- the walleye bite, is on, its on like donky kong, im suprised your not on the water fishing right now,cherry seeds on deep drop offs on deep water points and out in the main channel trolling zoom cherry seeds on a alabama rig,been catching 5 to 7 a day, carolina rigging a td minnow lure,all 18 plus inches,going again tommorow, im so excited p.s. use a sire leader, or hmm ,hmm walleyes will break your line cut right throw it when you rare back set the hook just as hard as you can even snapped a few rods with this method,all at the bottom of philpott now.
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Philpott Lake Catfish Fishing

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- use cherry seed zoom worms dipped in home made garlic scent and 2 day old chicken liver juice,fish at white rock ,p .s bait the hole day or two before with dead fish left in the live well.
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.
Philpott Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

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- There are no spotted bass in philpott lake
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Philpott Lake White Bass Fishing

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- There are no white bass in philpott lake
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Philpott Lake Striped Bass Fishing

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- there are none in philpott lake .
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Philpott Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be a new moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.
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Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

18:01 EST

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