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:
For the past 30 years, Blane Chocklett has lived his passion. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. Join him for a trip on the river. All equipment and flies are provided. Anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment, if desired.
Down River Outfitters offers guide services for fly fishing trips, artist floats, and scenic river tours. The experienced pros also offer fly fishing instruction. Owners Aaron Conover and Davis Stanley have a passion for rivers, fly fishing, and sharing it with others. They’ll help you get on the water in style with Boulder Drift Boats.
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.
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.
Helmed by full-time guide and author, Matt Reilly, Matt Reilly Fly Fishing specializes fly fishing for smallmouth bass and musky on the New River, and wild trout in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. He is the only fully permitted and insured fishing guide in the Mount Rogers District, where wild rainbow and brown trout in mountain streams like Whitetop Laurel Creek and the South Fork of the Holston are the rule. The diversity and richness of the region’s rivers allow for active fishing and guiding 365 days a year.
For over 12 years Virginia Outside has been helping kids develop a love for the outdoors through a variety of programs and camps. Based in Richmond, Virginia Outside runs programs in Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Deltaville, Charlottesville, Roanoke, as well as a variety of national and international student travel trips. Virginia Outside currently offers fishing day camps in Roanoke in partnership with the North Cross and Roanoke Catholic summer camp programs. Please see website for details.
Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing offers guided tours for first-timers to experienced fly fishers and upland bird hunters. Go out with avid professionals that are ready to share a new adventure with you on the James and New Rivers or almost anywhere you would like to fish. Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing also offers fly fishing schools, upland bird hunts,corporate trips, and standard guided trips on private waters and hunt lands.
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.
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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