Spring Fishing At Smith Mountain Lake

Up until today I have never written a blog on fishing, but that is because this blog was established during the heart of hunting season last year. As spring begins to role around that only can mean one thing – the pre-spawn and spawn are right around the corner at lakes around the country and especially the southeast. As temperatures begin to rise and fish start becoming active it will only be a matter of time before they start following schools of bait fish or shack up on a log somewhere.

As a kid, fishing was one of our pastimes. It seemed like we went every weekend and some summers every day! It was great! The buzz of bees and the croaks of frogs meant you were by the lake with a fishing pole and probably in bare feet.

Nathan Unger with his 7.5 lbs. large mouth bass on Smith Mountain Lake
Nathan Unger with his 7.5 lbs. large mouth bass on Smith Mountain Lake

For nearly a decade now my family and I have traveled to the lake every summer to be with family and to fish. Yes, a typical trip to the lake includes hours upon hours of fishing where you can just let your mind wonder and not have a care in the world. A common question that several people often ask is, “what do you catch?” There are several species native to the deep, mountain lake in Virginia. Listed below are a few game species that avid anglers fish for daily:

1. Striped Bass

2. Large-mouth Bass

3. Small-mouth Bass

4. Channel Catfish

5. Crappie

Below is a video of two anglers on Smith Mountain catching Stripers on shad as bait.

These are only a few of the several species located in the lake, however these are the most sought after for fisherman. The lake holds a special place in my heart, and I hope to be able to continue the tradition for several years to come!

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Written by Mr. Nathan Unger. Nathan is a Senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Public Relations. Nathan is an avid hunter and a passionate outdoorsman from Southwest Virginia)

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