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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, walleye and bluegill at Philpott Lake in Virginia.

Philpott Lake, VA

Twisting channels and coves in all directions create 100 miles of shoreline and make Philpott Lake an inviting destination for boating, camping and fishing. This is a 2,900-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Bassett, with several popular fish species to pursue.

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Philpott Lake, located in southwestern Virginia, offers anglers a serene fishing experience amidst the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 3,000-acre lake, nestled within the Philpott Reservoir, provides abundant fishing opportunities and a tranquil setting for boating and camping.

One of the popular fish species in Philpott Lake is the smallmouth bass. Anglers are drawn to the lake's rocky shorelines, submerged structures, and deep coves, which serve as ideal habitats for smallmouth bass. Spring and fall are particularly productive seasons for smallmouth bass fishing, as the fish become more active and move into shallower waters. Anglers can use techniques such as casting crankbaits, jigs, or soft plastics to entice these hard-fighting fish.

Philpott Lake is also home to other sought-after fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Largemouth bass can be found near submerged vegetation and fallen trees, offering exciting angling opportunities. Crappie fishing is productive around brush piles, submerged timber, and bridge pilings. Catfish, such as channel catfish and flathead catfish, provide anglers with the chance to target larger fish using various baits and fishing techniques.

Philpott Lake offers a tranquil fishing experience in a stunning natural setting. With its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping facilities, it remains an appealing destination for anglers seeking a peaceful and rewarding day of fishing in southwestern Virginia.

There is a marina, but no rental boats. Campgrounds and RV parks are located throughout the area.

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Primary fish species residing in Philpott Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White Catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill

Philpott Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Philpott Lake, with its expansive surface area and calm waters offering ample opportunities for watercraft enthusiasts. Anglers can explore the lake, search for fishing hotspots, and enjoy the scenic beauty from their boats. The lake permits motorized boats, but it's important to be aware of any speed restrictions and special regulations in place.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Goose Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Goose Point Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Jamison Mill Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Jamison Mill Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Philpott Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Twin Ridge Marina Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Philpott Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Boat Dock Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Ryans Branch Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off Fairy Stone Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Salthouse Branch Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Salt House Branch Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.


Philpott Marina
3300 Kings Mountain Road
Martinsville, Virginia 24112
276 634-4600

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Camping facilities are available at Fairy Stone State Park, located near Philpott Lake, providing a convenient option for anglers looking to extend their fishing trips. The park offers campsites, picnic areas, hiking trails, and access to the lake. Camping near Philpott Lake allows anglers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area and enjoy a complete outdoor experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Goose Point Campground - 276 629-1847

Salthouse Branch Park Campground - 540 365-7005

Philpott Marina & Group Campground - 276 634-4640

Philpott Lake VA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Philpott Lake
Philpott Marina & Group Campground
300 Group Camp Road
Bassett, VA 24055
276 634-4640


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