Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Report


September 2017



PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950

  OVERVIEW- The fishing has been fair the past several weeks! The water temperatures are still above average.  Fishing for bass has been fair at night this past month! Water temperature will be in the mid 70’s to lower 80’s. Best times will be early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days. Fishing usually picks up during the month of September.

 Largemouth Bass- Fishing for largemouth bass should be better this month. Best lures will be large plastic worms, shaky heads, deep diving crank baits and Carolina rigs. Points, brush piles, rocks, ledges and docks will be the best areas to try your luck. Best depths will be from the surface to 20 feet deep. Remember to take care of the bass and release them! Bass fishing should improve with the cooler water temperatures.

 Smallmouth Bass- Fishing will be fair. Best areas will be ledges, humps, rocky areas and long main channel points. Best lures will be tubes, jig & pig, hair jigs, drop shots and deep diving crank baits. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Cloudy days with wind and at night are good times to try your luck!  Look for areas with rocks and deep ledges close to the creek channel. Look for isolated rock piles near deep water. Smallmouth bass feed heavily on crawfish around the full moon each month.

 Striped Bass- Fishing should improve this month. Stripers will be caught in the mid to lower sections of the lake and in the large creeks. Best lures will be swim baits, buck tails, spoons and Zoom flukes fished on 3/8 to 3/4 oz. lead heads. Best time to fish is cloudy days, early mornings and late afternoons. The best depths will be from the surface to 60 feet deep. Live bait fished on down lines and planner boards work fair this month. The stripers will constantly be on the move. Night fishing will improve later this month. Look for large schools of stripers with your electronics. Vertical jigging is a good method to catch stripers this month. Some schools of stripers will surface this month.

 Crappie- Fishing for crappie will be fair this month. The best depths will be 5 to 15 ft. deep. Crappie will be found around docks, brush piles, and fallen trees. Docks with brush piles are usually good areas to hold crappie. Small live minnows and 1½ to 2 inch tubes or shad shaped plastic lures fished on 1/32 to 1/16 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month. Best areas are the main creeks and the upper sections of the lake.  

 TIP OF THE Month- Fishing should improve with the cooler water temperatures! Start to look for the areas with the most schools of shad. Always wear your life jacket. When fishing at night you need to fish with a partner! Slow down after dark!!! You can also hear reports about local fishing on the website: THE BASS CAST RADIO SHOW & WSLK 98.3 radio. Make sure your running lights are on after dark! Remember to TAKE A KID FISHING! SEE YOU ON THE LAKE!!!