Shenandoah River Fishing Reports
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River…
“The Valley of Fish”
King Montgomery, “Virginia Wildlife”
Sample Day Fishing Trips
Low water Bridge to #8-8 miles, takes 3-4 hours of canoeing.
or #8 to #11-shorter trip-3 miles-takes 1-2 hours. Great fishing in riffles.
Fishing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River has been said to be the Best Small Mouth Bass fishing in Virginia. The section from #1 to #11 (Bixler’s Bridge to Foster’s Boat Landing) is considered the ideal section for ‘quantity of fish’–large and small mouth bass, sun fish–brim, pumpkin seed, blue gill etc.; catfish, carp, and even an odd trout or musky! This section of river has lots of little riffles and small holes as the ideal hiding place for the fishes.
The lower section from #11 to #19 flowing by G.W. National Forest starts out with riffles then a few ledges and then much deeper holes where the Big Ones hang out. These are harder to catch but definitely keepers!
Fishing Licenses can be purchased ahead of time online or at WalMart in Luray or at Outlanders, west of Luray. We do have bait worms and some selected fishing gear and artificial lures.
For Flyfishing supplies, Murray’s is in Edinburg, just over the mountain . They also can arrange lessons. Also