Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournaments

Serious fishermen have one Virginia destination on their radar: Smith Mountain Lake. This lake is home to a number of annual tournaments that offer a range of prizes; some even offer a substantial cash prize to the winner. Other tournaments are run for certain charities, offering the chance to contribute to a worthy cause while you fish. Before planning a trip to Smith Mountain Lake, be sure to check if any of the tournaments require membership to a local fishing group. If you're ready to test your fishing skills, keep reading for details on the best Smith Mountain Lake fishing tournaments.


1. Anglers Choice Team Tournament

Who says that fishing has to be a solo venture? Team tournaments give you and your fishing buddies the chance to enter a fishing tournament together. This tournament has different cash prizes, some offering thousands of dollars to the winner.


2. Casting For A Cure

If you want to do good while fishing, check out the Casting For A Cure fishing tournament. All proceeds for this tournament go towards a fund for fighting cancer and leukemia at the University of Virginia. With an entry cost of only $20 per team or $10 per individual, you can contribute to charity and enjoy a fishing tournament at the same time.


smith mountain lake fishing tournaments3. ESPN Bassmaster Elite Series

Smith Mountain Lake is known for a large number of both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Therefore it should come as no surprise that ESPN holds their Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Smith Mountain Lake.


4. Friday Night Open Bass Tournament

Ever wanted to participate in a nighttime fishing tournament? Plan a trip to Smith Mountain Lake and you will have the chance. The winner of the Friday Night Open Bass Tournament is the one who catches the largest fish. An example of a recent winner was a bass that weighed over 13 pounds.


5. Saturday Night Open Bass Tournament

The same opportunity for night fishing can be found in the Saturday Night Open Bass Tournament. You never know what people are going to catch on any given night, but examples of winning fish have ranged from 11 pounds to 20 pounds.


6. Big Bass Clash

It seems like there's always a fishing tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. The Big Bass Clash is another fun tournament where two people per boat compete with other teams to catch the largest fish. All fish are released back into the lake after this tournament.


7. SmlBass Series

If you like a serious fishing tournament, check out the SmlBass Series. This tournament takes place over a series of weeks and months. If you live close to Smith Mountain Lake or are planning on spending a significant amount of time in the area, get involved in this tournament.


8. Bass Fishing League - BFL

Anglers that are interested in serious cash prizes should check out the BFL. This group holds tournaments at Smith Mountain Lake that welcomes as many as 400 boaters all competing for the top cash prizes.


9. American Bass Anglers

Another group that hosts a tournament at Smith Mountain Lake is American Bass Anglers. With a weigh-in time of 3 p.m., these tournaments get started early for competitive fishermen to hook the largest catch of the day.


10. Virginia Bass Fishing Teams

There are many groups you can join that will connect you to different fishing tournaments. Virginia Bass Fishing Teams is one of those groups. Membership will grant you access to the tournament held at Smith Mountain Lake.

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