Striped bass in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia are one of the big draws in this world famous impoundment.
If you’re not careful, the hybrid striped bass you can latch into on this lake will strip your line, bend your rod to the breaking point, and take you to the cleaners.
Would this stop you from targeting these beautiful fish?
We didn’t think so.
This is a nice example of an “average” fish you can catch in this manmade reservoir.
This lake was formed when the Smith Mountain Dam was built, which began in 1960 and ended in 1963. Once the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers were impounded, the lake took its shape. It reached its normal water level by 1966.
Several B.A.S.S. tournaments are held on this lake each year, and fishing for monster stripers has never been better.