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 surrounded by 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, and if you join one of these fishing clubs, members may share their secret fishing holes with you.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Float Fishermen of Virginia is a varied group of boaters that includes rafters, kayakers and canoeists. The group floats the rivers, streams and waterways of Virginia and works to preserve and protect these important natural resources.
The Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of more than 265 people with the common interest of pursuing the Trout Unlimited mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.”
The Virginia Bass Federation strives to preserve and promote the sport of bass fishing. Federation activities include the introduction of sport fishing to young people and the conservation of water and other natural resources. The 2,400 Virginia members support and cooperate with fishery management agencies and educational institutions to develop and protect quality fisheries.
The state federation and its 10 regional divisions — the Roanoke area is part of Region 4 — also organize and conduct competitive fishing events. The federation was established in 1972 and has a proud history of accomplishments with youth, conservation and community service.
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