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Clubs and Organizations

The Roanoke Region has some of the best fishing spots on the East Coast. From Smith Mountain Lake (which hosts ESPN's Bassmaster Competition) to rivers and small creeks stocked with trout, the Roanoke Region is an ideal place for avid fly-fishermen and beginners alike! For more information on regional trout streams, click here.

Claytor Lake and Claytor Lake State Park features small-mouth, large-mouth, and spotted bass.

Escatawba is a fly fishing haven with an abundance of heavy rainbow, brook ,and brown trout.



Jackson River offers excellent small-mouth bass, rock bass, rainbow trout, and brown trout fishing.

James River has small-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Several other species are also abundant.

Lake Moomaw is filled with rainbow, brown, and brook trout, as well as black crappie and yellow perch.

Paint Bank Trout Hatchery has over 1.6 million trout stocked and is a great place for watching wildlife.

Philpott Reservoir is a great for black bass, walleyes, crappies, and catfish.

Roanoke River is trout stocked, and has bass and catfish.


Smith Mountain Lake has striper, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and catfish.

New River has large-mouth, spotted, and small-mouth bass; Muskellunge, walleye, catfish, and panfish are also here.

The Roanoke Region is home to great fishing on lakes, rivers, and streams. Several organizations provide opportunities to connect with fellow anglers to compete, travel, and learn.

Roanoke Valley Chapter of Float Fishermen of Virginia is a varied group of boaters that includes rafters, kayakers, and canoeists involved in whitewater paddling, flat water fishing, and everything in between. Actively involved in protecting waterways. P.O. Box 1750, Roanoke

Friends of the New River
promotes the conservation, protection, and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, and historical values of the New River. Features recreational opportunities including fishing and boating. 1000 Highland Circle, Blacksburg



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