Fishing Spots, Reports, and Regulations in Smith Mountain Lake

4.8

Franklin County, VA

Place public
Water Fresh
Depth 220 ft.

If you're planning to go fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, it's essential to be aware of the local fishing regulations in the Franklin County area. These regulations are in place to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable fishing experience. Before you cast your line, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the rules and boundaries governing fishing in this area, as well as the specific regulations applicable to Smith Mountain Lake.

You can find detailed information about the fishing regulations and legal requirements by consulting local authorities and resources in Franklin County, Virginia, USA. This knowledge will help ensure a responsible and enjoyable fishing trip at Smith Mountain Lake.

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Fish Species to Catch in the Smith Mountain Lake, VA

While you're at it, don't forget to check the fishing regulations at Smith Mountain Lake to understand the specifics of catching each fish in Virginia.

There are countless Smith Mountain Lake fish species to lure and explore on your next fishing trip. Every fish has its own set of rules and requirements that you must follow. Each fish species is subject to unique regulations, including fishing seasons, size limits, possession limits, and more.

Explore the fishing regulations for Largemouth bass, Striped bass, Smallmouth bass, Spotted bass, Muskellunge, Redear sunfish, Blue catfish and others, as of December 2, 2023, to ensure you are in compliance with the latest rules. To view regulations for a different fish species, please select your preferred species from the list.

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Largemouth bass

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Regulation

Season

Always open

Bag limit

5

Max size

No

Min size

No

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Striped bass

#Popular
Regulation

Season

Open from May 16, to March 31

Bag limit

1

Max size

31"

Min size

28"

Measurement

Total Length

Prohibited methods

No Gaff (NJ)

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Smallmouth bass

Regulation

Season

Always open

Bag limit

5

Max size

No

Min size

No

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Spotted bass

Regulation

Season

Always open

Bag limit

No

Max size

No

Min size

No

Above are just a few of the species found in Smith Mountain Lake. However, for complete information about the rules for fishing in Smith Mountain Lake you can use the Fishbox app. Fishbox is your trusted assistant, providing detailed regulations for 18 species of fish in Smith Mountain Lake.

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Fishing Spots Near the Smith Mountain Lake

Must visit the following nearest Smith Mountain Lake fishing spots on your next fishing trip to extend the fun.

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Tips and Tricks for Fishing on Smith Mountain Lake

  • Night fishing during summer months is a great option for Smith Mountain Lake.
  • When the temperature gets warmer largemouth and smallmouth bass move to shallow water. The daily creel limit is 5 fish per day. You may catch 2 fish less than 14 inches.
  • Striped bass are mostly found in the lower portions of the lake. During the period from June 1 to October 3, you may catch 2 fish with no length limits. From November 1 to May 31 there is a slot limit (30-40 inches) for striped bass.

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