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Fishing in Roanoke

With the Roanoke River flowing through the city limits, Smith Mountain Lake just to the south, the James River to the east, the New River to the west, and Lake Moomaw to the north, Roanoke is blessed with some of the finest lake and river fishing on the East Coast. In fact, you will be hard pressed to find a richer or more diverse fishing resource in such close proximity to any other urban area in America.

GENERAL INFO RIVER & CREEK FISHING
LAKE FISHING FISHING GUIDES

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LAKE FISHING

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE
Smith Mountain Lake is best known for its Striped Bass fishery. This lake regularly leads the state in producing “citation” sized stripers. There are also good populations of both large and smallmouth bass and the lake has been added to the ESPN Bassmaster’s circuit in the past couple of years. Public access is very good with both public boat ramps and private marinas.
Species: Large and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish, Muskellunge.

CARVINS COVE
Carvins Cove is an 800-acre reservoir located 10 minutes from downtown Roanoke. The fishing at Carvins Cove is very good and has been for years. There are numerous rock and brush piles throughout the lake that provide great cover for bass and crappie. There are also plenty of rocky banks to target largemouth and smallmouth bass. Species: Bass, Crappie, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Striped Bass, and Muskie.

PHILPOTT RESERVOIR
South of Roanoke 50 minutes, Phillpot Reservoir is relatively small in surface area but rich in shoreline. Backed up behind the Army Corps of Engineers Phillpot Dam project, the reservoir is deep and boasts lots of small coves providing great cover for the resident populations of bass and walleye. Access is very good with public boat ramps at Fairystone State Park and various locations throughout the Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Areas.
Species: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye.

LAKE MOOMAW
Nestled among Bolar, Oliver and Little mountains Lake Moomaw is a jewel about 90 minutes drive north of Roanoke. Because it is completely surrounded by the George Washington National Forest this beautiful lake has been spared the chronic overdevelopment of the other public reservoirs in Southwest Virginia. Access to the entire lake is open but boat ramps are primarily undeveloped and suited only to watercraft that can be carried with the exception one small marina operated at the southern tip of the lake. The lake is quite deep and boasts healthy populations of reproducing brown and rainbow trout. The state periodically stocks both large and smallmouth bass to supplement the existing populations.
Species: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout.

CLAYTOR LAKE
Claytor Lake is much smaller than Smith Mountain Lake. Public access is also limited by comparison though there is a good boat launch area a Claytor Lake State Park on the northern shore of the lake. The state only stocks smallmouth bass and walleye but there is a fair population of muskellunge in the lake as well.
Species: Smallmouth Bass, Muskellunge, Bluegill and Walleye.

RIVER & CREEK FISHING

Virginia maintains a relatively healthy population of both native and stocked trout species, including brook, brown, rainbow, and golden trout. Roanoke is fortunate to have a wealth of both stocked and wild trout waters. Visit our list of rivers and creeks to learn more.

Local Blueways and additional information:

ROANOKE FISHING GUIDES

Always wanted to try to catch a striper? Want to fine-tune your cast? Find the perfect guide from our list of local fishing guides.

GENERAL FISHING INFORMATION

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