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An experienced guide can help you reel in the right catch and offer tips and advice for how to make the most of your time on one of the lakes, rivers, or creeks in the Roanoke Region. From Virginia’s largest lake — Smith Mountain Lake — to the second largest municipal park in the United States — Carvins Cove — you are sure to find the perfect fishing hole.

What should you expect to find? These waters are home to native and stocked trout, bass and plenty of smaller fish. Here’s a quick look at what you can find:

  • Smith Mountain Lake: Large and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish, Muskellunge
  • Carvins Cove: Bass, Crappie, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Striped Bass, and Muskie
  • Philpott Reservoir: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye
  • Lake Moomaw: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Rivers and creeks: Native and Stocked Trout, including Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Golden

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Area Fishing Guides

  • Appalachian Waters Expand Collapse

    Let guide/owner Dale Byer take you on a fantastic fishing and whitewater experience – float fishing at its best.

    James, Jackson, New, and South Holson Rivers

  • Big Pine Trout Farm Expand Collapse

    Big Pine Trout Farm is nestled in the mountains of Craig County, just 25 miles northwest of Roanoke. The stream is stocked with beautiful rainbow trout. Reservations are required.

  • Confluence Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Confluence Outfitters offers guided full- and half-day float fishing trips for smallmouth bass on the James and Maury rivers, convenient to Roanoke, Lynchburg, Lexington, and Natural Bridge. Come ready for an exciting adventure on the river. Relax and be guided down the river in a whitewater raft outfitted with a custom fishing frame and seats that’s as maneuverable as a canoe, but comes with all the comforts of a bass boat. Fishing guide service includes tackle and fishing equipment.

  • Dead Drift Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Dead Drift Outfitters offers wade trips to local stocked and wild trout waters, trophy trout waters, as well as float trips on the James River. Dead Drift also offers fly fishing lessons.

  • Escatawba Farms Expand Collapse

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Escatawba Farms is cradled in the heart of the George Washington National Forest and offers a secluded fishing experience on Dunlap Creek, a freestone stream that ambles it’s way through two miles of wooded mountains and fenced pastures. For novice anglers and stillwater enthusiasts, Escatawba Farms boasts a one and a half-acre, spring-fed lake.

  • Greasy Creek Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Greasy Creek Outfitters is a family-owned fishing guide service that serves the New River Valley in Virginia and specializes in float trips fishing for smallmouth Bass, walley, muskie, and land-locked striper.

  • James River Outdoor Co. Expand Collapse

    James River Outdoor Co. operates on the scenic James River between Lexington and Roanoke, VA. We offer professionally guided float trips on nearly 60 miles of the Upper James River in Botetourt and Rockbridge counties for both smallmouth and musky. In addition, we offer private, waterfront cabin rentals.

  • New River Fly Fishing Expand Collapse

    New River Fly Fishing (the only guide service in the New River Valley specializing exclusively in fly fishing trips) is run by veteran fishing guide Mike Smith, a widely held authority on fly fishing the New River for smallmouth bass.

  • New River Outdoor Co. Expand Collapse

    New River Outdoor Company provides canoe and kayak rentals, guided fishing, and cabin rentals on the New River.

  • On The Water Expand Collapse

    Located in Floyd, On The Water offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as guided trips on the Little River.

  • Potts Creek Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Potts Creek Outfitters offers private hunting and fishing packages on hundreds of acres of private land and stocked streams. Fly fishing gear is also available for rent.

  • Rock On Striped Bass Charters Expand Collapse

    Your source for freshwater sportfishing in Virginia and North Carolina. Guided float trips for smallmouth, walleye, and musky. Experience the best of what the river has to offer.

Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Guides

  • Captain Bert’s Fishin Charters Expand Collapse

    Captain Bert’s Fishin’ Charters offers a full guide service that takes you fishing for the “ultimate” striped bass on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. The lake reigns as Virginia’s top freshwater striped bass fishery and holds a lake record of 49.4 lbs. Capt. Daniel Berthiaume holds a U.S. Coast Guard License and is fully insured. Fish off a 22 ft. deck boat that accommodates parties of up to six people.

  • Captain Danny Dudley Expand Collapse

    Captain Danny Dudley is a full-time striper guide on Smith Mountain Lake. All fishing gear is provided. All fish are filleted and packaged at the end of every trip.

  • Kenny’s Striper Guide Service Expand Collapse

    Kenny Short fishes the professional Gold Cup tournament trail with the National Striped Bass Association. Kenny and his team “Team Polar,” won the NSBA’s Team of the Year in 2006. He guides charters on Smith Mountain Lake year round.

  • PointRunner’s Striper Guide Service Expand Collapse

    PointRunner’s Striper Guide Service is a high pace, high intense, striper fishing operation that specializes in live bait fishing for Smith Mountain Lake’s most aggressive big game fish — the striper.

  • Pullin’ Drag Expand Collapse

    Captain Wendell at Pullin’ Drag is a fishing guide with more than 17 years experience serving Smith Mountain Lake. Rods and reels, bait, gas, and oil are included in the captain’s trip pricing.

  • Rock On Striped Bass Charters Expand Collapse

    Your source for freshwater sportfishing in Virginia and North Carolina. Guided float trips for smallmouth, walleye, and musky. Experience the best of what the river has to offer.

  • Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’ Expand Collapse

    The team at Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’ have been full-time resident guides since 1988 and are U.S. Coast Guard licensed. Two completely equipped 22ft. deck boats make up the fleet and accommodate parties of up to six each, using live bait and artificial lure techniques. All equipment is provided, along with pictures of the day’s catch, and your fish prepared and packaged for take-home.

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