Smith Mountain Lake
Current Temperature:
61°
Est Water Temperature:
59° (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
29.94 (Normal)
Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 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:
37.1045010000000000000
Maximum Depth (ft):
140
County:
Bedford
Longitude:
-79.6400800000000000000
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):
At 59 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is in pre-spawn now. It's time to get fishing. Female bass are going to be moving up to the spawning beds. Male largemouth bass will be starting to build the spawning nests in protected coves. Bass prefer to spawn in weedy and woody cover deep in coves that will be protected from the wind and other elements. This is the best time to catch the lake record bass. The female bass will be feeding until they reach the beds and start the spawn. The smaller male bass will be attacking lures also. It is on like donkey kong!!! Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
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):
The smallmouth bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again. Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Rating:
3.5
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie spawn should be really heating up now. Crappie prefers to spawn on gravel bottom typically with brush and/or emergent vegetation for cover. If the lake is void of gravel bottoms, find the rocks or rip rap. Crappie will use the larger structure rocks for cover. Cast some small grub baits in the shallows looking for the spawning crappie. Good luck today!
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Rating:
3
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The walleye are coming off of the spawn now. Fish will be feeding very more aggressive making up for lost time eating during the spawn. Walleye will start moving back to their typical structure of choice and should be getting into the lake flats and deep structure. It?s time to hit the water. This may be the best water temperature to be on the water. There shouldn?t be too many fishermen on the water this early and there are many species that are hitting their prime water temperatures to be biting very well. Have fun today!
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):
The spotted bass spawn is in full swing now. Fishing will become slower but won't turn off completely. If you are fishing for female bass go with plastics and really slow your presentation and stay around the spawning beds. You should be able to find some larger females and male bass on the standard spring patterns. Female bass will really start to slow down on feeding and the fishing is going to be slower for a few weeks until they move into active patterns again.
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:

06:29 EST

Sunset:

20:02 EST

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
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