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: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/forecasts-and-reports/smallmouth-bass-river-fishing-forecast/)
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:
Fish Freaks Guide Service cell: 540-860-2986; home: 540-778-1212; firstname.lastname@example.org
Long’s Outfitters 540-743-7311; www.longsoutfitters.com
Shenandoah River Adventures 888-309-7222; www.shenandoahriveradventures.com
For more information on the area, visit www.luraypage.com.
Image courtesy Shenandoah River Outfitters