Smith Mountain Lake
Current Temperature:
72° F
Est Water Temperature:
74° F (What's This)
Barometric Pressure:
30.14 inHg (High)
Wind Speed:
North-East at 04 Knots (5 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:
37.1045
Maximum Depth (ft) :
140
County:
Bedford
Longitude:
-79.64008
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 General Tips: [ Add Tip ]
General Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.7
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):
74 degrees in in the largemouth bass prime water temperature range and fishing should be good right now. Baitfish are much more active in this water temperature and the largemouth bass will be feeding aggressively throughout the day. This is a great time of year to be on the water.
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):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be pretty slow at this water temperature. Bass will typically start moving much slower and feeding less aggressive until the water temperature starts to get back down to comfortable levels. When the water temperature is up this high, get out fishing early and late and cast in the shallows. When the sun is up it will be time to get out into deeper water, try fishing some drop offs and deep channel bends.
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Rating:
3.4
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie prefer this water temperature and will be actively feeding and staying in solid patterns. Baitfish are more active and schooling in all parts of the lake in this water temperature.
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Rating:
3.2
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Walleye will be starting to get a little slower in this water temperature. With walleye being a cold water fish, they will start becoming fairly lethargic in this water. With the fish slowing down the fishing will be more difficult to find and coax into biting. However they will be feeding and the walleye bite should still be good. This time of year is a good time to fall back to live bait as standard practice for the best bet at numbers and size of fish.
Smith Mountain Lake Catfish Rating:
3.4
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 entire catfish family is very active and actively feeding in this water temperature. All catfish including blue catfish, flathead and channel catfish will be looking for their next meal. Itís perfect time to get on the water and fill the freezer. Good luck out there.
Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
2.3
Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- floating worms work well here
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be pretty slow at this water temperature. Bass will typically start moving much slower and feeding less aggressive until the water temperature starts to get back down to comfortable levels. When the water temperature is up this high, get out fishing early and late and cast in the shallows. When the sun is up it will be time to get out into deeper water, try fishing some drop offs and deep channel bends.
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):
Smith Mountain Lake Trout Rating:
1.7
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Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.

Sunrise:

06:01 EST

Sunset:

20:37 EST

Moon Phase:


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