Captain Dale Wilson's
Smith Mountain Lake Guide Service
September Fishing Report
· OVERVIEW: Fishing conditions will improve later this month. Water temperature will be in the 70’s. Most bass will feed early morning and late afternoon this month. Fishing for stripers will be good. Stripers will start to surface around the full moon this month.
· Smallmouth Bass- Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be humps, ledges and main points. Best lures will be jig & pig, top water lures, hair jigs and crank baits. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will start to feed in open water around schools of shad this month. Cloudy days are good times to try your luck! Light line and smaller lures will increase your chances to catch smallmouth bass.
Striped Bass- Fishing will be good. Stripers will be
caught in the mid to lower sections of the lakeand the larger creeks. Best lures will
· Crappie-Fishing for crappie will be fair this month. They will be found 10 to 20 feet deep this month. Best areas will be in the main creeks around docks, fallen trees, and brush piles in the mid to upper parts of the lake. Small live minnows and 1 ½ to 2 inch tubes or shad shaped plastic lures fished on 1/16 to 1/8 oz. lead heads will work best to catch crappie this month. Fishing around lights at night will be productive.
· TIP OF THE Month: Make sure you leave your running lights on at night. You can never be too careful when boating after dark. Please practice catch and release. Remember to always wear your life jacket and attach your kill switch. Try your luck on cloudy, rainy days. You will have less boat traffic and fisherman. Fall is always a great time to go fishing.