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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth and white bass at South Holston Lake in Virginia.

South Holston Lake, VA

Known for great smallmouth bass fishing, South Holston Lake is also home to a nice variety of other fish species. Residing in these waters are bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), catfish (channel and flathead), crappie (both black and white), walleye, trout (rainbow, brown and lake), bluegill, sunfish (several) and white bass.

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South Holston Lake, located in southwestern Virginia, is a popular destination for anglers seeking a diverse range of fishing opportunities in a stunning natural setting. Spanning across the Virginia-Tennessee border, this 7,580-acre reservoir offers excellent fishing, boating, and camping experiences.

One of the popular fish species in South Holston Lake is the smallmouth bass. Known for their aggressive strikes and strong fights, smallmouth bass are a favorite among anglers. The lake's rocky shorelines, submerged structures, and deep channels provide ideal habitats for smallmouth bass. Spring and fall are particularly productive seasons for smallmouth bass fishing, as the fish are more active and tend to move into shallower waters. Anglers can use techniques such as casting crankbaits, jigs, or live bait to entice these hard-fighting fish.

South Holston Lake is also known for its abundant population of rainbow trout. The lake is regularly stocked, attracting anglers who enjoy the thrill of trout fishing. Spring and fall are the prime seasons for trout fishing, as cooler water temperatures make the fish more active. Anglers can target trout using various techniques such as fly fishing, spinners, or bait fishing.

South Holston Lake offers a captivating fishing experience in a picturesque setting. With its diverse fish species, excellent boating opportunities, and nearby camping facilities, it remains a sought-after destination for anglers seeking a peaceful and rewarding day of fishing in southwestern Virginia.

168 miles of shoreline wrap around this 10,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Abingdon, VA. Annually making the Bassmaster Top 100 USA bass lakes, it is naturally a favorite of bass fishermen. The quality of the bass here make up for slightly lower quantities, as compared to other area lakes. Check with local VA fishing guides regarding guided bass fishing trips here. Crappie, walleye and trout fishing are also a draw and at times provide excellent fishing. Marinas, boat launches and campgrounds are scattered around the lake. There are several convenient locations to fish from shore. Because part of the lake is in Tennessee, check VA and TN regulations before fishing. Be aware of major water-level draw downs in winter, sometimes 30 feet or more.

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Primary fish species residing in South Holston Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass Warmouth Sunfish White Bass

South Holston Lake VA Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
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 South Holston Lake, with its expansive surface area and calm waters providing 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, allowing anglers to cover larger areas and access remote fishing spots.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Avens Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off Parks Mill Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Whitaker Hollow Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off Cornelius Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Washington County Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Park Road, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Sportsmans Marina
23511 Sportsman Drive.
Abingdon, VA 24211
276 628-2850

Click here for a Virginia Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available at nearby campgrounds and recreation areas, providing anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. These campgrounds offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and access to the lake. Camping near South Holston Lake allows anglers to fully experience the tranquility of the surrounding landscape and maximize their fishing opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Shore Campground - 276 628-5394

Washington County Park Authority Campground - 276 628-9677

Callebs Cove Campground - 276 475-5222

Additional South Holston Lake campgrounds in TN.

South Holston Lake VA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

South Holston Lake
Washington County Park Authority
19482 County Park Rd
Abingdon, VA 24211
276 628-9677


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