Captain Dale Wilson's
Smith Mountain Lake Guide Service
January Fishing Report
OVERVIEW: Fishing should be good the next several weeks.
Largemouth Bass - Fishing will be fair. Best lures will be Alabama rigs, football head jigs, drop shot rigs, spinner baits, spoons and jerk baits. Most largemouth bass will be caught on deep rocky points, creek channel banks, deep brush piles and deep docks. Best depths will be from 10 to 40 feet deep. Most largemouth bass will start to feed more on crawfish. Rocks are a key factor to finding bass this month. Slow your retrieve as the water temps drop.
Smallmouth Bass - Fishing should be fair. Best areas will be rocks, humps, ledges and deep main channel points. Best lures will be jig & pig, jerk baits, hair jigs and floating-fly-rigs. Best areas will be in the mid to the lower sections of the lake. Most smallmouth bass will be suspended on or around ledges this month. Cloudy days with light winds 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 upper sections of the lake
Crappie - Fishing for crappie will be