Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake , Virginia

Smith Mountain Lake is a 20,600-acre impoundment located near Roanoke in Bedford and Franklin counties. This reservoir is one of Virginia ‘s premier fisheries, offering outstanding fishing and a vast array of other recreational opportunities. The reservoir is owned by American Electric Power Company and is managed by this company primarily for hydroelectric power generation. Most of the shoreline is developed with residential homes but other facilities catering to outdoor enthusiasts are found at various locations.


Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) are the most sought after species by anglers at Smith Mountain Lake . Largemouth bass comprise the bulk of this fishery and outnumber smallmouth ten to one. Smith Mountain Lake is consistently one of the top producers of bass citations in Virginia . Testing for the largemouth bass virus was conducted in 2001 and all fish collected tested negative for the virus.