Both smallmouth and largemouth bass action on the Shenandoah River is predicted to be hot this year.

From the VDGIF forecast:

“Abundance of adult smallmouth bass remains well above the 17-year average. In 2012, biologists documented an increase in the number of adult smallmouth bass 11-20″. The majority of quality fish come from two excellent spawns (2004 and 2007). Fish from 2004 are currently in the 18-20″ range, while 2007 fish average 13-14″. Spawning success was below average in 2008 and 2009, so anglers could see fewer 11-12″ bass in 2013. Overall, smallmouth fishing in the South Fork and mainstem should be excellent in 2013

“Anglers should not overlook largemouth bass, as this river harbors a quality largemouth population, and finding good numbers 2-4 pound fish should not be difficult if deeper, slower sections with woody debris are targeted. Anglers also reported excellent musky catches and sightings in 2012 – mostly in the longest and deepest pools.” (Source:

Several access points to the Shenandoah may be found in or near Luray and Page County. Local services for fishermen range from guided trips to canoe/kayak and tube rentals. For specific information contact:

Appalachian Adventures   540-743-7311;

Page Valley Fly Fishing  Service  540-743-7952;;

Downriver Canoe Company 800-338-1963;; ,

Fish Freaks Guide Service cell: 540-860-2986; home: 540-778-1212;

Long’s Outfitters 540-743-7311;

Outlanders River Camp 540-743-5540; ,

Shenandoah River Adventures 888-309-7222;

Shenandoah River Cruises (540-742-4031; 540-778-3610;;

Shenandoah River Outfitters  800-6canoe2;;

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Image courtesy Shenandoah River Outfitters

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