Smith Mountain Lake

Current Temperature:
34°

Est Water Temperature:
55° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
30.53 (High)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Smith Mountain Lake
National Pro Reports

Lake Minnetonka, MN
2014-04-16
We are getting close to fishing lake minnetonka with open water. We are now past lake minnetonkas average ice out, with most channels open and the remaining ice being honey comb throughout. With a f... [more]

-Dan Jasper

Sooner Lake, OK
2014-04-14
The fish are finally waking up at Sooner. Water temps in the main lake are 58 degrees and 72 in the discharge canal. Most fish are being taken shallow on live Shad fished on a free line. It\'s the mos... [more]

-Steve Carroll

Lake Guntersville, AL
2014-04-14
13 April 2014 Lake Guntersville %u2013 Really nice family joined me yesterday on Guntersville and after a slow first hour or so the guy%u2019s started putting them in the boat. Everyone caught fish ... [more]

-Jake (Mid South Bass Guide)

Old Hickory Lake, TN
2014-04-08
This report is for the week of 03/30/2014- 04/07/2014

We have again had an awesome week here on Old Hickory Lake this week as we ran 4 trips and are still catching big fish! This week alone... [more]

-Ian Huey

Lake Sidney Lanier, GA
2014-04-06
Striper fishing is good and should be improving as the warming water temperatures gets the fish up and moving. The boys will be looking for girl friends and the girls will be looking to pack on the we... [more]

-Ken West and Mike Maddalena

Virginia Reports

Lake Orange, VA
2014-04-10
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Leesville Lake, VA
2014-04-08
Water temp at dam was below 50, water temp on upper side was 54, no bass in shallow water, all fish were marked around 20 ft.... [more]

Smith Mountain Lake General Information
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. Vital fishing information for Smith Mountain Lake, including mean water temperature and moon phase. 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!

Smith Mountain Lake is located southeast of the Roanoke .  The lake was created in 1963 impounding roanoke river with the Smith Mountain Dam. The lake has become a popular recreation spot and has also experienced a good amount of development in the last 10 - 15 years.  Smith Mountian lake covers around 20,600 acres and has over 500 miles of shoreline.

Smith mountain Lake has become a constant stop on BASS tournaament trail and home of some of Americas best bass fishing.

 


State:
Virginia

County:
Bedford

Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir

Surface Area (acres):
20600

Lake Management:
Other

Latitude:
37.104501

Longitude:
-79.640080

Water Clarity:


Water Temp Factors:


Maximum Depth (ft):
140

Normal Elevation (ft):
795

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

[ Largemouth Bass Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
   3.7/5
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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):
With Smith Mountain Lake at 55 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is getting ready to ramp up. The male bass will start moving up from deep water toward spawning coves and the big ones are right behind them. This is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. The female bass will start feeding at this water temperature in preparation for spawn. The male bass may be up shallow especially on sunny afternoons. Fishing sunny spawning grounds that are receiving the warm spring time sun is a great way to get a few largemouth bass in the boat.
Smith Mountain Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

[ Smallmouth Bass Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
   3.4/5
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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):
With the water temperature at 55 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Fishing

[ Crappie Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Rating:
   3.2/5
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Smith Mountain Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Fishing

[ Walleye Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Walleye Rating:
   2.5/5
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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 Fishing

[ Catfish Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Catfish Rating:
   3.6/5
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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 Fishing

[ Spotted Bass Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
   2.3/5
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Smith Mountain Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- floating worms work well here
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Smith Mountain Lake White Bass Fishing

[ White Bass Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake White Bass Rating:
   2.4/5
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Smith Mountain Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Fishing

[ Striped Bass Info ]
Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Rating:
   3.6/5
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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 Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon has just past. The gravitational pull is starting to decrease with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. 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. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
Sunrise:
06:43 EST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

Sunset:
19:52 EST







Smith Mountain Lake Links
Guide Service
http://www.theshadtaxi.com/  

DWP Lake Page
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/waterbodies/display.asp?id=122  

State Park Lake PDF
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml  

Outcast Adventures Striper Guide
http://www.outcastadventures.com/  

The Shad Taxi Striper Guide
http://www.theshadtaxi.com/  

Kennys Striper Guide Service
http://www.kennysstriperguideservice.com/  

Captian Bert Striper Guide
http://www.captainbert.com/  

Captian Wendell Dudley Striper Fishing Guides
http://www.pullindrag.com  

Pullin Drag Striper Guide Wendell Dudley
http://pullindrag.com/  

State Department of Wildlife and Parks
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov  

State Fishing Licensee
http://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/...  

State Fishing Records
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/sta...  

State Parks
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/...  

State Fishing Information
http://www.dgif.state.va.us/downloads/06...