Where are the best places for smallmouth bass fishing in Virginia?

Where are the best places for smallmouth bass fishing in Virginia?

If you are planning a bass fishing trip in Virginia or live there and want to know where to go for smallmouth action then you will be spoilt for choice. There are numerous lakes, rivers, pools and creeks that have healthy populations of smallmouth bass there. All you have to do is identify the best possible options and head to those waters… or read on and I will do it for you! Smallmouth bass prefer water temperatures of between 58 and 72 degrees and will actively look for rocky or gravelly areas to swim in. They also like clear or slightly stained waters that are mild in terms of their flow. All you have to do is pinpoint where all of those conditions can be found. New River is a great place to go looking for smallmouth, for example, because it fulfils all of the criteria. The population of bass there is really healthy and very fruitful in terms of your catch rate. Of course, you also have to take into acount that the state record fish was taken out of there too – weighing 8lbs 1oz. Lower New River and Upper New River are both excellent for fishing purposes. The Rappahannock River and James River are also excellent for smallmouth bass fishing at te moment and neither have fallen victim to kills in recent years. The population of the former has declined somewhat but is still large enough to sustain excellent fishing action. The James River is perhaps the best at the moment though and can give your catch rate a real boost.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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