|Steve Smith - a longtime
client of Greasy Creek
Outfitters - with a Claytor
Lake hybrid striped bass
Claytor Lake Overview
Claytor Lake occupies 4,475 acres in Pulaski County in southwest Virginia. An
impoundment of the New River, Claytor Lake is home to largemouth, smallmouth,
and spotted bass. In addition, annual stocking maintains a strong population of
hybrid and striped bass. Black crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, white bass, and
carp (which can reach 30 lbs), flathead catfish, and channel catfish are also
available. Claytor Lake produced the VA state record spotted bass (3 lb 10 oz) in
1993 and produces more citation smallmouth than any other reservoir in the
July 11, 2012: Mike Burchett of the Rockhouse Marina (540-980-1488) provided
the following fishing report for Claytor Lake. Don't forget Rockhouse hosts a bass
tournament every Tue night 6:30-10:30 pm during the summer - entry fee $25 with
Mike Burchett says that the best bass fishing is to be had at night using dark
colored Jolt spinners. During the day, try top-water Ricos in a natural shad pattern
or, off the dock, a Senko in Green Pumpkin. No word on crappie. Cat action is
good at night at Peak Creek with live shad. Stripers can be had during the day by
slow trolling an umbrella rig at 30 ft. of line. The water is clear and in the low to
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Largemouth Bass: Although generally slower-growing and less abundant than in
other Virginia waters, most coves throughout the lake hold largemouth, including
Clapboard, Spooky, and Texas Hollows. However, Peak Creek offers the most
consistent fishing. Areas around the State Park can also produce. Focus on
shallow water in coves and around the shoreline. Lures that imitate baitfish are
good choices, since the largemouth feed primarily on bluegill, shad, and alewives.
Due to the clear water, light lines and finesse lures often work best.
Smallmouth Bass and Spotted Bass: Smallmouth bass and spotted bass (often
mistaken for small largemouth bass, spotted bass rarely exceed 2 lbs) both feed
heavily on crayfish. Target the steep, rocky shorelines using lures that imitate
crayfish, such as jigs in natural colors. Focus on the mid and down lake areas
below the mouth of Peak Creek.
Striped Bass and Hybrid Bass: Both species are stocked annually and provide
excellent fishing. Live bait, such as alewives and shad, can be caught with a cast
net in the back of coves. Drifting live baits over schools of fish is the most
productive technique. During the late summer, the fish hang out near the
thermocline (typically around 35') in the mid and lower regions of the lake, and in
the winter the stripers are located up to 60' deep in the mid and upper regions.
However, in the spring and fall, stripers and hybrids chase baitfish and can be
caught casting topwater baits (e.g., Redifns) and bucktails.
Claytor Lake Fishing Report
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|Some nice Claytor Lake stripers caught on
flyrods by clients of Greasy Creek Outfitters
Other Useful Info and Links
Marinas, Boat Ramps, and Campgrounds:
Rockhouse Marina: (540) 980-1498
Conrad Brothers Marina: (540) 980-1575
Claytor Lake State Park: (540) 643-2500
In addition to the marina, Claytor Lake State Park offers camping, cabins,
swimming, and picnic areas.
Launch boats for free at Harry's Point (within Pulaski County's Harry DeHaven
Park) and at VDGIF ramps at Allisonia and near the entrance to the state park.