Hello all. I'm a new member from Bedford County. I've fished occasionally in Smith Mountain lake going all the way back to the 1990s. Since 2010 or so, I've made a few trips a year in my canoe to fish, mostly from the Halesford launch. In the last year, I've gained more interest in fishing the lake because I purchased a beat-up old power boat that I was able to nurse back into service. My fishing interests include all types including catfish, panfish, striped bass, and maybe even largemouth bass. I fish lures, live bait, and flies depending on my preference that day.
My big focus since buying the boat has been learning how to catch striped bass. Although I have caught stripers in other people's boats, I've yet to catch my own. I've been reading the historical posts on this website, watched many Mike Smedley videos, and done other research to shorten the learning curve.
Most of my visits to the lake are short, a half-day or less, and I almost always bring some of my kids (I have more than a boatful of them!). This often limits me to either fishing with lures or using up my time to catch bait, then not having any time left to fish. The kids also like to go skiing and tubing behind the boat, which limits fishing time further. But since I am willing to go out any time of year, there's plenty of trips where tubing and skiing are not a distraction.
After reading many historical posts on striper fishing, I've come to participate in the necromancy.
Well, I bet that’s the first time the word necromancy has ever been typed into this forum.
Good luck with your pursuits. I bought my first real fishing boat in October 2006. It was April 2007 before I put a striper into the boat, fishing several days a week along the way. Caught lots of other fish, just no stripers. I still don’t know what I was doing wrong all that time, but I do know I quit doing it the day I broke the seal.
Right now is a good time to fish just about anywhere along the shoreline of the lake, and have an excellent chance at encountering stripers. Live bait and artificials can be equally as effective.